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

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The Planet Waves Auto-Trim Tuning Machines automatically cut off excess string while you tune up your guitar. An individual string clamp holds the st...Read More

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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
 
4.4

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Functional (12)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

      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

       

      Avoid

      I have these tuners in my limited edition Jackson DKA7. While the top 6 work just fine, the high e does not work at all. Every time I try to tune the string,...Read complete review

      I have these tuners in my limited edition Jackson DKA7. While the top 6 work just fine, the high e does not work at all. Every time I try to tune the string, it stops to a whole step below where it's supposed to be. When I start to tune it higher, it drops 5 semitones down to where the high b string is tuned. I have contacted customer service and they have sent me a new tuner for it, as well as the thumbscrew and there has been no success. The customer service side is great, the quality of the product is awful. Personally, I would stear cleer of these tuners and just get some old fashioned sperzel or gotoh without all of the extra stuff.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Upgrade

      By Lalo

      from Gardner, Co.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy Installation
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Great Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Renovating an antique Spanish 4 string guitar that had defective tuners. I had to drill to accommodate the 3/8" shaft. With a little trim, these tuners fit like a glove and do all they are said to do. I had no difficulty with the cutters on any of the strings. I had to tune nice and slow, not knowing if they would accidentally release, but the tuners held firm. Good idea. Good design. Worth the effort.

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          5.0

          Solid!

          By Jack D

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Experienced

          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:

              Work great, look great, all around good purchase.

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              5.0

              Changing strings are a breeze.....

              By Frosty

              from West Dundee, il

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy String Changes
              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Keep Guitar In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Nice Upgrade

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

                Put these in an ultra light electric Traveler guitar. Very nice upgrade. Super easy to install and use. Changing strings are super easy with these tuners. Solid construction. I also own PRS gold locking tuners which cost a lot more. These are a great price AND these cut the excess strings for you while tuning your string. No slippage on these yet. I wish I found out about these earlier. Would've put them in all my guitars. Did I mention the great price of these compared to other locking tuners?....

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                4.0

                Great Tuners - Auto Trim Needs Work

                By Michael

                from Garnerville, NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy to install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improved Tuning Stabilty
                • Looks great

                Cons

                • High E Never Auto Trim's

                Best Uses

                • Keeping You In Tune

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

                I picked up the Planet Waves Auto Trim Tuners 3 per side for my 1998 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Heavy use and age took it's toll on my stock Klusions, they were slipping and was looking for something with a better tuning ratio and that would help keep me in tune. Well I got that and I love these tuners, heavy and high quality...These really make changing string a breeze...5 minutes and done!

                The installation took my maybe 10 minutes and that was because I am very careful and work super slow. **READ THE DIRECTIONS** Can never state that enough.

                Now here is the con. The auto trim works great!!!
                Great if you mean trims the Low E, A, D and G strings 100% of the time. Trims the B string 60% of the time and so far auto trimmed the High E string once. This initelf is NOT a deal breaker because the tuners are fanstatic but the big let down is that it would have been nice if it worked as advertised 100% of the time. After all it is not called the Planet Wave Semi Auto Trim.

                Just my take on it and the reason it did not get 5 Stars. BTW I use D'Addario XL 10's.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Restring with no tools!

                By troubadour

                from Kansas City

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • No Wire Cutter Required

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    While I've only been using these tuners for a couple weeks, I really like them. My Charvel didn't come with locking tuners, and while I like the guitar - it's a pain in the butt to keep it in tune. I couldn't find any black nickel locking tuners, so I decided to go with the chrome Planet Waves Auto-Trim 3 on a side tuners.

                    They were easy to install, and I like the smooth feel of the machines. I expect good locking tuners to help keep the guitar in tune, and indeed they do. The best part is that I don't need wire cutters or a string winder to restring this guitar, and that is just fine by me!

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                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Avoid

                    By Greg

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional
                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    I have these tuners in my limited edition Jackson DKA7. While the top 6 work just fine, the high e does not work at all. Every time I try to tune the string, it stops to a whole step below where it's supposed to be. When I start to tune it higher, it drops 5 semitones down to where the high b string is tuned. I have contacted customer service and they have sent me a new tuner for it, as well as the thumbscrew and there has been no success. The customer service side is great, the quality of the product is awful. Personally, I would stear cleer of these tuners and just get some old fashioned sperzel or gotoh without all of the extra stuff.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    solid machine heads, but take care

                    By nilknarf007

                    from Atlanta, GA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality
                    • Looks
                    • Ratio
                    • Stability

                    Cons

                    • Plain Strings Can Slip

                    Best Uses

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

                      Generally, these machine heads deliver as advertised. However, take care with the non-wound strings, because they can slip out of the head under tension. If that happens, and the string has already been cut, you're out of luck. Loop the plain strings through and you'll be good to go.

                      I use these machine heads exclusively on all my guitars, and I couldn't be happier with them. As long as you're not wanting a vintage look, these machine heads are unbeatable at any price.

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                      5.0

                      Best Available!

                      By Oinkus

                      from VA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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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:

                          Low cost ,great product that is easy to use and works perfectly. I have no clue how people cannot install or operate these properly ? I have installed many sets of these on my gear and my friends. You can't buy a better set of tuning machine heads at any price in my 40 years of experience.

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                          4.0

                          Quick and Accurate

                          By WolfsRun

                          from Sacramento, CA

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts

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

                            These are great tuners. You can restring a guitar in less than 5 minutes with this product. The gear ratio also makes these tuners very accurate. The only downside to these tuners is that once you put a string on, you cannot take it off and put it back on. Nevertheless, Planet Waves Locking Tuners are great for gigging musicians who need quick, and reliable tuners.

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                            1.0

                            Missing Parts!!!

                            By Mike

                            from Arizona

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Not Functional

                              Best Uses

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

                                Arrived missing the nuts and washers. Musicians Friend is still giving me the run around. Planet waves assured me they were on their way but I have yet to receive them.

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