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    Default "Best" Tuning Machine Heads

    What are you favorite Tuning Machine Heads/brands for bass? Have you ever upgraded/replaced one on a bass?

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    Schallers have ruled forever for a reason.
    But brands like Hipshot are fantastic, too.
    If you're budget minded - Gotoh.

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    Longcat and I upgraded all of our basses' tuning machines. The Spectors and Ibanez have Gotoh GB7s while the Squier Bronco has Hipshot Ultralights.

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    And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Schallers have ruled forever for a reason.
    But brands like Hipshot are fantastic, too.
    If you're budget minded - Gotoh.
    Have to disagree there. Schallers are decent, but over-priced in the US at least.

    Longcat's Spector Euro had Schaller M4s, but the Gotohs on there now are smoother and more precise. Stuart Spector seems to agree as the Spector USA line switched from Schallers to Gotohs in the early 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crusty philtrum View Post
    And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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    I really like Schallers and Gotohs...I wouldn't call Gotoh budget minded in terms of a "compromise" based off of price...

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    My favorites for bass are Hipshot Ultralights. I also have Gotoh on a few basses and Schaller on others.


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    Maybe it's just me, but I put one of those hipshot extenders on on of my basses, and it's a POS. The extender works fine, but the actual "tuner" part is grindy and harsh. Hipshot never answered any of my inquires so I just live with it. My bass is MIM so I'm limited as to what I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyhaislip View Post
    I really like Schallers and Gotohs...I wouldn't call Gotoh budget minded in terms of a "compromise" based off of price...
    I agree 100%

    I've replaced the machines on several of my basses, mostly with Schallers. I have Gotoh GB7s on my Warmoth and those are great. That bass always seems spot on whenever I go to tune it.

    My MIM '62 RI Fender Jazz neck came preloaded with Fender reverse tuners; those are surprisingly good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toowrongfoo View Post
    Maybe it's just me, but I put one of those hipshot extenders on on of my basses, and it's a POS. The extender works fine, but the actual "tuner" part is grindy and harsh. Hipshot never answered any of my inquires so I just live with it. My bass is MIM so I'm limited as to what I can get.
    I'd call them. They have great customer service.
    I lost a mounting screw and they gave me a bunch for free.

    I haven't used their Fender style tuners, but the Ultra Lights are real smooth. I get order a set of Rick tuners for a guy in the Beatles show Rain. They seemed to be good quality.

    Sometimes you just need to break in the brass gear. Then they smooth out. Spertzels do that sometimes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRavenMoon View Post
    I'd call them. They have great customer service.
    I lost a mounting screw and they gave me a bunch for free.

    I haven't used their Fender style tuners, but the Ultra Lights are real smooth. I get order a set of Rick tuners for a guy in the Beatles show Rain. They seemed to be good quality.

    Sometimes you just need to break in the brass gear. Then they smooth out. Spertzels do that sometimes.


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    +1

    They replaced an ancient, broken Gotoh GB-7 extender key for free for me last year.
    Quote Originally Posted by crusty philtrum View Post
    And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dystrust View Post
    +1

    They replaced an ancient, broken Gotoh GB-7 extender key for free for me last year.
    Customer service like that goes a LONG way! Glad they helped you out!

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    Cheers guys! But remember, they never responded. So.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by toowrongfoo View Post
    Cheers guys! But remember, they never responded. So.............
    Talking about Hipshot correct?

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    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toowrongfoo View Post
    Yep.
    Just out of curiosity, have you tried more than one medium?

    I'm in no way doubting your story–just asking if you've tried all of the options available–e-mail, phone call, dealers, etc.

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    Well, I think twice with the email is one thing. Frankly, It's only an "issue" with string up new strings. It works fine other than that. I'm a pussy, I gave up

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    Quote Originally Posted by toowrongfoo View Post
    Well, I think twice with the email is one thing. Frankly, It's only an "issue" with string up new strings. It works fine other than that. I'm a pussy, I gave up
    Well, e-mails should be returned. But maybe a phone call mentioning you've e-mailed twice...that is what I would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyhaislip View Post
    Well, e-mails should be returned. But maybe a phone call mentioning you've e-mailed twice...that is what I would do.
    Exactly what I would do too.
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    They answered my first email within 24 hrs, so possibly your email(s) didn't get through for some reason? Try giving them a call or email from a different account.
    Quote Originally Posted by crusty philtrum View Post
    And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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    Um depends on the bass, if I'm trying to stay original and in period or new. New I like Hipshot, but if I'm restoring an old bass then I try and find vintage period tuners.
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