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Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads

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Set of 6, chrome finish, Fender locking tuning machines (used on the American Deluxe Series guitars).


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FenderDeluxe Locking Machine Heads
 
4.8

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (87)

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    (5)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (71)
  • Easy to use (64)
  • Functional (59)
  • Improves sound (25)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Concerts (26)
  • Back-up (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (26), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Have bought multiple sets !

Great quality for a low price well worth buying I have purchased 6 sets so far and will continue to use them on all of my Guitars my keepers and my re-builds, They drop...Read complete review

Great quality for a low price well worth buying I have purchased 6 sets so far and will continue to use them on all of my Guitars my keepers and my re-builds, They drop right in my Fender Guitars smooth as silk !

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Closed holes?!

The 3 treble-string tuner holes are filled with chrome! I wish I had discovered that before I installed them (and back when I bought them). So far I have been unable even to...Read complete review

The 3 treble-string tuner holes are filled with chrome! I wish I had discovered that before I installed them (and back when I bought them). So far I have been unable even to drill the chrome out. Seems like a major quality-control oversight. Advice: Inspect them before you install them.On the plus side, they were easy to install on a strat knockoff--no adjustments needed (other than clearing the chrome out of the holes!)

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Closed holes?!

By musicken

from Lancaster PA

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

The 3 treble-string tuner holes are filled with chrome! I wish I had discovered that before I installed them (and back when I bought them). So far I have been unable even to drill the chrome out. Seems like a major quality-control oversight. Advice: Inspect them before you install them.On the plus side, they were easy to install on a strat knockoff--no adjustments needed (other than clearing the chrome out of the holes!)

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They are excellent ...

By Garvoon

from Maryland

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

    Mind you, there are varying heights (the three taller posts are E, A, and D. The short posts are G, B, and E. They drop in easily. ALSO, go to the Fender site and they have a really good rule-of-thumb for positioning the string holes when restringing (critical).

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Drop-In replacement for MIM Cabronita!

    By Ben C.

    from New England

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Faster String Changes
    • Functional
    • Goodbye String Tree
    • Good Quality
    • More accurate tuning
    • No modification required
    • Staggered

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

      In a world with a lot of guesswork surrounding replacement parts, proper fits, and innacurate specs, it was wonderful to get something that was a perfect fit. These were a perfect, drop-in replacement for the stock tuners on my new MIM Fender Cabronita. Installation took 5 minutes of work with a hollow tube nut driver (and that included removing the stock tuners). I've done 2 string changes since, and the pins / locking mechanism is as good as any locking tuner I've used in the past 21 years (generally Sperzels). Smooth and accurate gears. Expedient string changes. Staggered, so you can get rid of that string tree if you want and remove another friction / potential binding point. The break angle over the nut is not nearly as dramatic as with the bent steel tree, but the angle is absolutely sufficient and honestly the original angle was (IMO) putting too much pressure on the nut and without lube (e.g. Big Bends Nut Sauce) I could see that being a nasty binding point as well. So, these tuners are not only convenient, but definitely help the overall functionality of the instrument. Great and worthwile purchase.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A snap to use.

      By Rick

      from L.I., NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

        Took me less than ten minutes to replace the standard tuners with these locking tuners.
        Dropped right in to my Mexican strat. Only tool needed was a small wrench.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NICE!

        By Thump54

        from Chicago

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Quick String Changes

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

            These went right in on my Fender Blacktop HH. No fuss no muss. No drilling or extra holes. Couldn't be an easier install. They work great and make changing strings a breeze. They seem to be great quality. I'm happy!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Review

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

            I bought these because they matched the chrome hardware on my strat. They look great but the high E and B strings slip out of tune badly while tuning up. About a step and a half. I swapped the tuners around and had the same problem. I exchanged them for the Fender / Schaller tuners and the problem went away. They were a little more expensive but they work much better.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fender Quality and Easy Install

            By GaryK

            from Lakeland, Fl.

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                I wanted to upgrade the tuners on my Strat. The Fender Deluxe locking tuners were the answer. It was an easy swap that took maybe 15 minutes. The locking tuners drop right in, because I was replacing Fender tuners with another Fender product. If you have never swapped out tuners before be advised the tuners are different heights depending on the location of the tuner. Fender makes it easy for first timers by placing the tuners in proper order in the package. Replacing the strings are easy peasy. Thread the string through the bridge, put the string through the tuner hole, tighten the locking tuner knob and tune it. A simple upgrade that makes life easier. Musician's Friend shipped the tuners out the same day I ordered them. Four days later they were in my mailbox. Great job MF!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I Have bought multiple sets !

                By Randy

                from Grove city ohio

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                Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                Great quality for a low price well worth buying I have purchased 6 sets so far and will continue to use them on all of my Guitars my keepers and my re-builds, They drop right in my Fender Guitars smooth as silk !

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this again.

                By Lory

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                These are the best set of tuners I have. Need to go ahead and get some for my Tele.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good, reliable tuners for a strat!

                By Murry the guy

                from Cedar Park, TX

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                    I wanted to get a nice set of strat tuners and hoped these would work. They went on easily and work as well or better than most strat tuners.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Easy instillation, work great.

                    By Chezhooligan

                    from Saratoga New York

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                      Very easy instillations compared to the sperzel tunners that I have on many of my other guitars, however they are made for the new stlye tunners on many new fenders models. They are stagged in size and are not marked, there are no instructions included but instillation still takes probably less then 30 minutes.
                      Bottom line they work great, go to youtube to see how easy they are to install. Kudos to fender.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      MIM Strat Drop in :-)

                      By Fingers

                      from Las Vegas, NV

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                      Pros

                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • Zero

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilize Tuning

                      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                      Eased my concern with the 2 pin drop in when they dropped in perfectly. Yes, the mim strat is 2 pin. Thought I'd run across that situation (clogged string holes) stated in the most negative comment but turns out that the mechanism need to be turned way out to clear the string entry - unlike the few turns on the Sperzels on my Strat Plus. Happy camper playing in tune :-)

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      These tuning knobs are great!

                      By Daniel Tate

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                      I give these tuning knobs a 9/10 because I did run into one minor problem. when attempting to install these on my cheap off brand SVK stratocaster, I found that these tuning knobs are held in place by 2 little nubs on the bottom instead of a screw off to the side. because of this I had to drill some small holes in the back of the headstock of the guitar. now that I have them installed I couldn't be happier with them. their tuning is perfect. the quality was a huge step up from the crappy knobs that were originally on the guitar. these knobs are a necessary upgrade to a stratocaster. before you buy these make sure of how the tuning knob is kept in place. if the knobs are held in place by screw and you dont have the heart to drill into your guitar I would consider another option. overall a very good product though.
                      These knobs have a great locking system that works great.
                      Top quality, these look and great. they work super smooth and flawlessly.
                      These are priced just like any other tuning knob. nothing special there.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Smooth Upgrade

                      By ToneRanger58

                      from Morgantown, WV

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                      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                      Really nice upgrade to my Fender Highway 1 Strat. Simple installation. Direct drop in, perfect fit. No modifications necessary. Improved sustain, resonance, and tuning stability. Gear ratio is slightly better than stock tuners. Classy look on locking wheel. In my case, string tension lowered after installation, which I liked. One note, my tuners are staggered. Three tuners have longer posts for the heavier guage strings, and three have shorter posts for the lighter guage strings. Not a graduated stagger like the new American Standard, but a nice feature. You could buy a higher quality locking tuner, but it's not needed. Why spend more when these tuners are a simple, effective, direct drop in Fender upgrade.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fender Strat Locking Tuners

                      By Michael Kalanick

                      from New Jersey

                      Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                      My 12 year old had no problem putting them on his guitar.
                      Adding these tuners made my son's MIM Strat get closer to the border. Great difference to the stock tuners. Not to say the stock one are shabby, but did notice better ease to tune.
                      Spot on!
                      Great quality
                      Worth the price

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great simple upgrade

                      By Stevie J

                      from Santa Cruz CA

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                          Simple upgrade to my MIM strat... Switch out took 15 minutes... Restringing is a snap... Improved tone as well...

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great purchase

                          By Jason

                          from undisclosed

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                          Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                          So far so good. Put on a Warmoth neck and headstock for a MIM Strat project. Used to gig the other night. Stayed in tune

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I have these on my newer Strats

                          By Artgtr

                          from Wurtsboro, NY

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Changing strings on this Strat!

                            Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                            These work great for changing strings fast & easy! I bought this set to change out the Vintage machine heads on a MIM Jimmy Vaughn signature Stratocaster. There is going to be some drilling involved, I have to drill the 2 locating pins for each machine head & I will have to also drill a small amount on the back of the headstock because the barrel is a small amount larger. This is all on me, I decided to change from the vintage tuners, but I believe it will make the guitar more enjoyable to play because of the ease of being able to do a fast string change. It is an improvement for the guitar.
                            Like others have said 3 tuners are taller, they are for the lower strings & the shorter ones are for the higher 3 strings.
                            This should make the guitar more playable, & more enjoyable. The original tuners worked fine, I just wanted to change them out. They definitely are a more quality machine head, than the vintage tuners!

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Stable Tuners

                            By Joe from Johnstown PA

                            from Johnstown PA

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Quick String Changes

                            Cons

                            • Pricy Unless On Sale

                            Best Uses

                            • Upgrading Your Stratocaster

                            Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                            These tuners are great. They are easy to install, they keep your guitar in tune for days, they hold the guitar's tuning after violent string bends, and are a great upgrade from regular American Standard tuners. I frequently purchase parted out American/Custom Shop/Artist Series Stratocaster necks and bodies and re-assemble them to make 'custom' Fender guitars to my own preferences in color, neck shape, pickups, etc. I always use these tuners on those projects because changing strings is so easy---just unscrew the back of the tuner a turn, feed the string through the hole, re-screw the knob on the back of the tuner to firm it up and tune up your guitar. You can restring your guitar in a matter of minutes with no fuss. Pretty simple product but works well. I've seen these tuners priced high per set in stores and on line. MF had a sale though and I stocked up for future projects. If you do that, these are worth it. Enjoy.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice Quality Tuners!

                            By Ray

                            from Rouses Point NY

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Fender Deluxe Locking Machine Heads:

                              I bought these to replace the stock tuners on two of my Mex Strats, they fit perfectly and function very well. One must pay attention in installing these, as three are short and three are longer to apply down force at the nut. A nice F logo on the locking knob is a bonus, and I am very pleased with my purchase.

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