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Overview

  • 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
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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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Planet WavesAuto-Trim Tuning Machines/3 Per Side
 
4.4

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Functional (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

      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

      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 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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          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 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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          5.0

          solid machine heads, but take care

          By nilknarf007

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Plain Strings Can Slip

          Best Uses

            Comments about 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

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 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 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 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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                      5.0

                      Planet Waves'

                      By Shawn

                      from Topeka

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Quick Sting Change

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Replacement Upgrade

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

                        The Planet Waves' knocked This One Out Of The Ball Park. Great Tuners!!

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                        5.0

                        Drop in on Yamaha FG730s

                        By Danmoontan

                        from Akron, OH

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Appearance
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Replacement
                          • Upgrade

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

                          These tuners were a drop in replacement on my Yamaha FG730s. I installed these and had new strings on in the time it used to take just to change the strings. I then went the same night and played for about 6 hours at our weekly jam and they performed very well with no slippage or tuning problems.

                          The locking mechanism worked great as did the string trimmer. (follow the directions if you don't want to cut your string off!)

                          As for durability, I have no idea but they feel well made if a little tight at first. I use alternate tunings and bends...a lot. These seem to get me right back to standard in no time and hold tuning well on bends.

                          All in all I am quite pleased with these tuning machines and would buy again to replace sloppy or broken tuners.

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                          5.0

                          Luv it and not just for the look!

                          By CDBernier

                          from Florida

                          About Me Novice

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Solid Upgrade

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

                          I bought these as part of my custom guitar build; a Les Paul clone. The purpose of my project was to create a custom guitar with all the trimmings while expanding my understanding of the instrument. My guitar's head was pre drilled with 10mm holes. With the exception of filling the holes on the back of the head to relocate the locking screws (the ones that keep the tuning head from spinning and counter the tension of the strings), this was a 'drop in' upgrade that was well worth the investment.

                          I did have a little trouble with strings. I followed the instructions, but my "A" string snapped at the tuner head after very short use during my setup. I restrung but allowed for a full turn of extra string onto the tuner head. I have not had the same problem through the rest of my setup and on to enjoying my finished guitar. I did not remove a star as this could be attributed to a bad (old) string.

                          The auto-trim and locking features eliminated the need for a speed winder (even with an extra turn of excess string) and turned a regular maintenance chore into a quick and easy process that will get me back to playing and practicing (boy, do I need it).

                          The 18:1 gear ratio really makes fine tuning easy and precise, and the look of the gold tuners on my dark blue guitar really stand out.

                          Overall, I could not be happier with this investment. I can easily see adding a set of these to my Ibanez acoustic or any other guitar I own in the future.

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                          5.0

                          Solid tuners woodworking skills required

                          By oldmanwguitar

                          from Oakhurst, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Precise
                          • Solid

                          Cons

                          • May Require Redrilling

                          Best Uses

                          • Keeping Tune After Bends

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

                          Bought these to replace damaged OEM tuners on a used Epiphone SG that would not stay in tune.
                          These are a great product but you will need to be ready to drill out your existing peg holes to the 10mm (25/64) diameter required by these tuners. If your current tuners use a 10mm hole then you are good to go.
                          I however had to drill out my headstock. I initially tried using a variable speed hand-held drill but that was a near tragedy. Regardless of how slowly I tried to go the drill bit would dig into the existing hole and pull out some splinters. Fortunately the splintered hole is hidden by the tuner itself. I ended up using a drill press and taking it very slowly and the last five holes ended up being fine. I believe that I will purchase a good reamer before I attempt something like this again.
                          With the holes drilled out, installation went fine and everything is pretty straight-forward.
                          I put on a set of D'Addario 110s (.009 high-e) and I had no problems with the locking mechanism holding the string. Same for the remainder of the strings.
                          For the record, I initially installed the B and E strings with 1 1/2 wrap around the post but found that I was losing tune after semi-tone bends. I re-strung them following the included instructions (it takes faith to do that at first) and I am pleased to report that the guitar stays in tune almost regardless of how much I bend.
                          Also definite improvement in ease of tuning. Very pleased overall.

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