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Makes changing strings a breeze.

The Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines automatically cut off excess string while you tune up your guitar. An individual string clamp holds the string tightly in the tuner, so there's no need for multiple wraps around the tuning post. A precision 18:1 gear ratio provides smooth, exact tuning, while virtually eliminating backlash and slippage.

The rugged, die-cast outer casing houses precision 18:1 bevel and worm gears, a string clamp, and a hardened-steel wire cutter. Restringing has never been easier: simply insert the string, tighten the clamp, and tune up. The Auto-Trim Tuning Machine does the rest.

FEATURES
  • Automatically cuts off excess string while tuning
  • Individual string clamp holds the string tightly in the tuner eliminating multiple wraps around tuning post
  • Precision 18:1 gear ratio for smooth, exact tuning
  • No backlash or slippage
  • Rugged, die-cast outer casing
  • 18:1 bevel and worm gears
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D'Addario Planet WavesAuto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side
 
4.5

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (7)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (29)
  • Functional (28)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Improves sound (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No substitute for good engineering

I can't think of any reason why anyone would want anything less on their beloved instrument. The string clamps make re-stringing easy and swift, the built-in trimmer works flawlessly, and the 18:1...Read complete review

I can't think of any reason why anyone would want anything less on their beloved instrument. The string clamps make re-stringing easy and swift, the built-in trimmer works flawlessly, and the 18:1 gear ratios make tuning effortless and accurate. What else could you possibly ask forr? Especially for the price, there's no reason not to switch these in for the stock tuners. You will not be disappointed.
Well-designed and functional, delivers on all of its claims, accurate tuning is a snap.
Installation is easy, but I've seen reviews where the original holes in the headstock were too small and had to be expanded. I would recommend a round file to expand the holes if necessary, don't drill them out. Work from both sides of the hole inwards to avoid chipping the wood or the finish on the headstock.

The good news is that if you are replacing Grovers, the holes should be large enough to do a somple swap. You will need the small screws from your old tuners to use with the new ones, and BE CAREFUL when tightening them as the heads may come off quite easily. I had no problem with this, but I've been doing this sort of thing for a long time. If you run into problems, don't be shy about taking it to an experienced tech.

Overall, the quality is excellent, and I expect years of flawless function. So far there is no issue with the finish (I got the gold ones), and as long as you avoid using pliers, there should be no future issues.
I have come to expect great things from Ned Steinberger, and I have never been disappointed. For less than the cost of other tuners, you can have something that is truly extraordinary in function. The tuners trim the ends of the string effortlessly, and accurate tuning is very easy due to 18:1 gear ratios. I replaced gold Grovers, and haven't looked back. Anyone want the Grovers?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good enough

they are smooth,good gear ratio, auto trim a neat function although tough to work with thick gauge strings, be careful the set screws are VERY cheap and will snap easily . standard 10mm ...Read complete review

they are smooth,good gear ratio, auto trim a neat function although tough to work with thick gauge strings, be careful the set screws are VERY cheap and will snap easily . standard 10mm hole size needed. plating seems a bit cheap, made in taiwan. i bought them because price was right and bottom set screw pretty much matched existing holes, other than that I would have got another brand thats made in USA

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5.0

Best (and cheapest) Locking Tuners

By Brazil Bill

from Monument Valley, Utah

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Pros

  • Easy String Changes
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • On All Guitars
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

    Bought this 3x3 chrome set for a BC Rich BCR3N Acoustic Guitar. Went right in to the top holes and, for some reason, needed only a run through drilling with the four lower holes of the guitar head. Straightened them out, drilled the small holes for the anchor screws, and was done with all in less than 5 minutes. This was a swap out at the same time as I switched out the strings on this guitar for the first time but WOW what a difference. I am not sure if it is specifically the tuners or the new strings (or a combination) but it works! This guitar was really nice (bought it for less than 100 as a scratch-n-dent) but, to me, now it sounds and plays as great as any acoustic out there.

    The auto-cut to me is more of a gimmick than anything (but I am not complaining if it neither helps nor hurts), it is nice that it automatically trims the excess string. It did not cut the high E string so I cut that one. I always preferred locking tuners (don't know why they don't advertise these as locking tuners but if you are wondering because of that, YES they are locking tuners). Mine had no trouble locking down on all strings. Apparently they may have had problems with this but I would assume the problem is either transitory or fixed.

    Quality. Durable. Easy to install. Sounds GREAT! Locks down secure. Great price. Bought a second set (6 in-line gold) for a Stratocaster, so I will post on that one when I am done modifying it.

    Recommend them? YES

    I attached a picture and the you can see the old anchor holes from the BC Rich tuners, as they were at a different location (but they are on the back of the headstock so who cares).

     
    5.0

    Well Thought Out Excellent Product

    By Jon Fields

    from Allentown, PA

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

        Absolutely top quality tuners. The trim function works perfectly with the Elixir 11025 80/20 Polyweb 11s I use. The 3+3 version fits a full sized Grover footprint perfectly (in my case they replaced a set of Gotoh 18:1 Grover-look tuners). One thing overlooked is that almost all tuners are installed with a single diameter hole in the headstock, but the ferrules that screw in from the front mount inside the back casting, are narrower in diameter than the hole in the headstock, and do not rest on the hole in the headstock. These tuners have a hardened steel extension running from the tuner casting in the back through to the front of the headstock and it is seated against the wood (in my case CF) the entire way. The tuning stability is really excellent!

         
        5.0

        Great Product

        By Chris

        from San Francisco Bay Area

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound
        • The strings stay tuned and sound better

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

            I did have trouble getting it to cut the 6th string (.053). I didn't know how hard to twist and didn't want to break the tuner before I even tried it out. I locked the string in place and clipped it with a pair of diagonal cutters. I've read other reviews that have had the same problem. I believe the lack of windings around the tuning pegs must account for the amazing ability to remain in tune. I use an electronic tuner, that I was constantly turning on. I haven't used it in weeks.

             
            5.0

            Good choice for a Seagull Acoustic.

            By Pickticker

            from Tx.

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            Pros

            • Easy to install
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All around use

              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

              Reasonable priced. Easy to install. Excellent control of pitch with the 18:1 ratio gears. Smooth operation.

               
              5.0

              Very nice and work great on my Gibson

              By Chic

              from Missouri

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                  Good price and excellent quility

                   
                  4.0

                  Would buy again.

                  By Roger and out.

                  from Mesa Arizona

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                    The auto-trim works great, very satisfied. Would have given it 5 stars but had to do some drilling to make holes bigger to install machine heads.

                     
                    4.0

                    These were easy to install and work perfectly.

                    By Calo

                    from Torrance, Ca

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                    Pros

                    • Functional

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                        These fit my PRS guitar. Easy to install and makes changing strings so easy.

                         
                        5.0

                        Pretty cool, but there's a trick to it.

                        By Juneau Jeeper

                        from Juneau, AK.

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                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                            I bought these not realizing there is a "trick" to using them. The instructions say to pull the string tight and then clamp it down. Like some of the other reviewers here, I went through SEVERAL high "E" strings before I figured out DO NOT pull the string tight before clamping. The first string, being the smallest diameter, is more difficult to clamp but it can be done. Once I figured out the problem I have not had any more trouble. The other strings work fine and now, they all do. On another note, I'm not sure if this is really true or not, but to my ears it seems I have a better sound from my guitar. I play a Tak acoustic/electric six nights week, every week. These tuners are DEFINITELY easier to tune the guitar and they stay in tune better as well. Very smooth action and they're "puurdy." I like 'em!

                             
                            5.0

                            A must buy

                            By Hellhound from Harleysville

                            from Harleysville, PA

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts

                              Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                              Keeps in tune well and makes changing strings so much faster

                               
                              5.0

                              Perfect swap on Ovation MT37

                              By Comedie

                              from San Jose, CA

                              About Me Novice

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                              • Finish

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side:

                                Thought I'd try locking tuners on my Ovation, as I got to liking the stock ones on my Strat. Planet Waves looked from the pics to be a perfect fit for the rear set screws. And they were. So far after an hour or so of toying around, strings seem locked in, as no drops in tuning noted. Auto trimming function worked just fine on the 12-50 set of GHS White Bronze True Lights I strung on.
                                I bought the black set, and found the black finish on the nuts to be pretty easily scratched off. Black Sharpie covered that up for me. Could have wished for a durable black chrome, but the tuners were fairly cheap.

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