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Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners

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You're guitar will stay in tune without locking nuts by using Sperzel's 6 In-Line Locking Tuners. Plus, this hassle-free hardware improves tonal response. The In-line models feature staggered tuning-post height, eliminating the need for string retainers.


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Sperzel6 In-Line Locking Tuners
 
4.3

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than most

I have Sperzel's on all five of my electric guitars. I am in a touring band with a national album, and have a few other side projects as well. I change my strings...Read complete review

I have Sperzel's on all five of my electric guitars. I am in a touring band with a national album, and have a few other side projects as well. I change my strings for every show so my Sperzels get plenty of use. Also I used to apprentice for a well known San Diego repair shop who's clients included Jewel, Stone Temple Pilots, and any big name musician rolling into town. I learned how to correctly wind a string on regular tuners, so you need not take a grain of salt with my review. Locking tuners are great for quick replacement. I recently replaced a set of strings on a guitar with regular Grover tuners on it and my carpal tunnel flared up after 30min of working on them. Speed Winders are a must for non locking tuners! Locking tuners are just 1) insert string into peg hole 2) pull string tight 3) crimp the string 90 degrees towards the inside of the headstock 4) lock the tuner 5) cut off excess & tune up to pitch. This usually takes about a minute per string if that. If you have more than one wrap around the tuner you are using the tuners incorrectly. The pros about these tuners-My first set were a gold plated (shiney not matte) set on a strat copy, and I let a friend borrow it who left it in the room with his indoor pool. My tremolo ended up pitting massively and so did the Sperzels, but once I cleaned them up they were in better shape than the after market gold tremolo. Additionaly, most people don't know you can dissasemble the tuner and switch a 6 inline set into a 3x3 set, or lefty set for that matter. The tuner's build is ambiguous to direction, so if one day you have them on a strat and then need them for a Les Paul, you don't necessarily have to buy a new set (maybe just new buttons). Lastly, the pin design is great--no additional offset screw holes for the headstock. Offered in Chrome, matte silver, black, gold, and matte gold. If you are really into colors, they offer blue purple, red, green, etc.The cons about these tuners-there is a plastic washer between the button and tuner and I have found that sometimes these get worn down unevenly and they can slip when tuning up. Perhaps a metal washer could change this. One other review mentioned the pin being stuck in the headstock after removing it. I had this happen once, but I remedied it with a pair of pliers. But I agree this is poor design, but if you pre-drill a hole this should not be a problem. The thumbscrew is slightly difficult to turn as the edge is somewhat sharp compared to the Schaller.I recomend these tuners to people who play often (the stay at home person might as well leave their stuff stock) who's guitars are equipped with stoptail/hardtail, or non locking tremolo (especially Bigsbys). I've never used these on my acoustic and I wouldn't see any point using it with double-locking tremolos with a locking nut.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dependable, dependable, dependable

I/ve put Sperzels on all 9 of my electric guitars simply because of the quality of build and pure physics. All these locking tuners do is put pressure on the wound string so...Read complete review

I/ve put Sperzels on all 9 of my electric guitars simply because of the quality of build and pure physics. All these locking tuners do is put pressure on the wound string so it won't slip. This allows you to tune your guitar even with new strings and not have to worry about string slippage and going out of tune. After "locking" the tuner to the string, you just tune as normal, turning your tuner knobs. As with any new set of strings, you must stretch the strings from side to side a couple of times, but this stretching is not from the tuners, but rather from the ball end of the string shifting at the bridge. Once you've done that the guitar will stay in tune no matter how many times you bens strings. That's been my experience and it has been very consistant.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Necessary for Live Players

By 668800

from Canada

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Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

I just bought these from Musician's Friend two weeks ago, and it took 7 business days to ship to where I live (just outside of Toronto, Canada). This particular model of Sperzel's is intended for FLAT headstocks that use string-trees (hence the graduated post height) i.e. Strats and Teles and anything else that DOES NOT have an angled headstock. They require minimal drilling (there should already be holes beneath the stock tuning pegs - just unscrew the washer and nut to check when you're changing strings to see if there are already stability holes drilled in). As for performance: phenomenal. It seems a little hyperbolic that many players claim you only tune once per change of strings; but they're just that good. Obviously you'll fine tune, but for the live player, these keep your intonation SPOT ON for any show - from a 2-hour metal trek to a 30-minute light jam. And I make use of my Strat's trem: these pegs bring it right back with little deviation no problem! A definite buy.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than most

By SpookyAlbers

from San Diego CA

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Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

I have Sperzel's on all five of my electric guitars. I am in a touring band with a national album, and have a few other side projects as well. I change my strings for every show so my Sperzels get plenty of use. Also I used to apprentice for a well known San Diego repair shop who's clients included Jewel, Stone Temple Pilots, and any big name musician rolling into town. I learned how to correctly wind a string on regular tuners, so you need not take a grain of salt with my review. Locking tuners are great for quick replacement. I recently replaced a set of strings on a guitar with regular Grover tuners on it and my carpal tunnel flared up after 30min of working on them. Speed Winders are a must for non locking tuners! Locking tuners are just 1) insert string into peg hole 2) pull string tight 3) crimp the string 90 degrees towards the inside of the headstock 4) lock the tuner 5) cut off excess & tune up to pitch. This usually takes about a minute per string if that. If you have more than one wrap around the tuner you are using the tuners incorrectly. The pros about these tuners-My first set were a gold plated (shiney not matte) set on a strat copy, and I let a friend borrow it who left it in the room with his indoor pool. My tremolo ended up pitting massively and so did the Sperzels, but once I cleaned them up they were in better shape than the after market gold tremolo. Additionaly, most people don't know you can dissasemble the tuner and switch a 6 inline set into a 3x3 set, or lefty set for that matter. The tuner's build is ambiguous to direction, so if one day you have them on a strat and then need them for a Les Paul, you don't necessarily have to buy a new set (maybe just new buttons). Lastly, the pin design is great--no additional offset screw holes for the headstock. Offered in Chrome, matte silver, black, gold, and matte gold. If you are really into colors, they offer blue purple, red, green, etc.The cons about these tuners-there is a plastic washer between the button and tuner and I have found that sometimes these get worn down unevenly and they can slip when tuning up. Perhaps a metal washer could change this. One other review mentioned the pin being stuck in the headstock after removing it. I had this happen once, but I remedied it with a pair of pliers. But I agree this is poor design, but if you pre-drill a hole this should not be a problem. The thumbscrew is slightly difficult to turn as the edge is somewhat sharp compared to the Schaller.I recomend these tuners to people who play often (the stay at home person might as well leave their stuff stock) who's guitars are equipped with stoptail/hardtail, or non locking tremolo (especially Bigsbys). I've never used these on my acoustic and I wouldn't see any point using it with double-locking tremolos with a locking nut.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good investment for a guitar

By aaron

from Cleveland, Ohio

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

    I have used Sperzel locking tuners on all of my guitars for years. It is usually one of the first things I do when buying a new guitar.
    The thing about locking tuners is that they don't necessarily help your guitar stay in tune better. They more or less make changing strings a lot faster and easier. Having a good nut and adding graphite to the nut slots is what helps keep a guitar in tune best IMO. As far as improving sound, I am not sure about that either.
    Bottom line is they make changing out strings fast and easy and they look better than most stock tuners. Buy these if you want to change strings in about 2 minutes time versus 10-15 minutes.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite tuners

    By Jonathan Dilworth

    from WA, CA, AL

    Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

    Was looking for locking tuners to use for my guitar builds. I tested Gotoh, Grover, Schaller, Planet Waves, Steinberger, and Sperzel. I wanted a more modern look so Waverly was out. Sperzel is what I ended up going with. Steinberger provided the most sustain and have an excellent gear ratio but are very heavy and I had several break under normal use. Others perform well but I had problems with pitting over time. All my Sperzels still look and perform like new and they have a wide range of color options. They will improve sustain if you are replacing most stock tuners without being to heavy on your headstock or your wallet. You can disassemble and reconfigure them or replace parts (although I've never had to). They are now on all my electric and steel string acoustics.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Dependable, dependable, dependable

    By Scooterflash

    from Florida

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    Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

    I/ve put Sperzels on all 9 of my electric guitars simply because of the quality of build and pure physics. All these locking tuners do is put pressure on the wound string so it won't slip. This allows you to tune your guitar even with new strings and not have to worry about string slippage and going out of tune. After "locking" the tuner to the string, you just tune as normal, turning your tuner knobs. As with any new set of strings, you must stretch the strings from side to side a couple of times, but this stretching is not from the tuners, but rather from the ball end of the string shifting at the bridge. Once you've done that the guitar will stay in tune no matter how many times you bens strings. That's been my experience and it has been very consistant.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Tuners!!!!

    By Paul W

    from Springfield Illinois

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      These are great tuners. I am using them in place of a locking nut on a Floyd Rose and they work fantastically.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic

      By Permit

      from Virginia Beach, Va.

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      I have an ESP EC-1000 that came with these tuners on them and that was my first experience with them. Getting ready to add them to my Gibson SC. Makes changing out stings a sinch and i seem to stay in tune longer with them. I highly recomend them.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Get something else!

      By JoeJackson

      from Washington

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      I had these on my jackson SLSMG for about 5 months. Three of the washers were ruined by the 5th time I changed my strings. Just switched to gotohs and so far they seem much more sturdy.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Tuners

      By Metalhead Guitarworks

      from SOUTHAMPTON, PA

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      I am a musician and guitar builder and these are the best tuners I have used. They keep the guitar in tune and string changes are so much faster than with other tuners. A little on the expensive side but well worth it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Why Sperzels? Here's why...

      By Mojoman-URkl_

      from Sandpoint Idaho

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      I've got them on every guitar I own and would never go back to stock or to any other method of string changing.A friend was outraged that I had put them on my American '62 reissue Strat. He derisively asked if I'd put such a travesty on a Stradivarius. I told him no--unless I planned on gigging with it.The price tag might look a little high, but they"re worth every penny--Five minute string changes, and the tuning ritual just happens once per set of strings, usually. Seriously, get some today and this weekend you can join the crowd scowling at your strict traditionalist bandmate as he struggles to retune his guitar after every song.I've used them since 1989 and recommend them with complete confidence.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      The pins get stuck!

      By MrShockaKahn

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      Get something else! Ive been playing with Schallers, Grovers and other locking tuners very prestinely and lightly for years- THESE ARE PRONE TO GETTING STUCK CLOSED and then they are pointless after that!!In a live setting, I would rather re-string it it the old fashioned way for five minutes then have to come back to this website and by new tuners- period. Get Grovers instead!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great Idea, poor finish quality.

      By G-man-q3iPn

      from Seattle, WA

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      These really do work well. I have two sets on two guitars installed from the factory. The only problem is that the chrome came from the factory with it flaking off the nuts and the finish is crude. If they could learn how to chrome these, they would be 10 stars. I have several guitars from the '70's to the present and none have ever had the chrome peel yet.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All my 13 of my guitars rock the sperzel's!

      By Bobz333

      from Huntington Beach

      Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

      I own 13 guitars. I've played guitar for over 11 years now and I 've never encountered ANY set of tuners this precise with these awesome features. Over all, sperzel's are, by far, the best value with the best features. End of story.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Premium Tuners

      By Craig

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Excellent Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

          Excellent tuner upgrade. I installed these on a G&L Fallout Tribute in the afternoon, played a gig that night, and my tuning has never been more stable. The staggered height allows removal of string tree(s) on Fender style guitars which also helps with tuning stability. These tuners have a single center pin on the back so some drilling may be required for installation.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not good for Baritones

          By Desert Thunder

          from Massachusettes

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

              These are great for standard tuning, however they are terrible for baritone tuning. After I installed them I couldn't restring my guitar because the lowest string would not fit through the tuning peg. Really disappointed about that. If you want to put a heavy set of strings on your guitar like 13s or 14s, don't buy these tuners. Even 12s where barley fit.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              in tune for day's

              By crazy_ls_90

              from Bedford, IN

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Great Customer Service
              • Sleek Look
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Had A Tuner Malfunction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

                These were recommend to me by a good friend and fellow musician. Very good tuners and a great price. I did have one tuner malfunction on me. I called sperzel directly and they replaced it no problem.
                I put these on a custom telecaster and I couldn't be happier. Still gave 5 stars since it was no hassle replacing the single tuner.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sperzl Lock-Tuners (Staggered)

                By hippiekarl

                from Pahrump, NV

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Gearing
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Look Great
                • Simple To Install

                Cons

                • Might Need String Trees

                Best Uses

                • All Your 6-in-line Guitar

                Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

                I had these factory-installed on my Custom Shop Carvin (non-staggered, 2+4 headstock), and love them. I never used to snip my string ends...now I squeeze the lock, two wraps, and I'm strung up. *Snip* These are so good I put them on two guitars I just put together, an f-hole Tele hybrid and a black korina/bubinga Strat. The Tele, sad to say, needs string trees after all. The 'shorter-as-they-get-farther-away' tuner shafts just don't quite provide enough angle at the nut to not need them. My 'B' string sounds a little dead open. It's a beautiful walnut neck/stock (and I was happy to think I wouldn't have to put trees on it), but that's the way it is....as lock-tuners, though, they're still the best for my money whether you still need trees or not.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                DON'T BUY THESE

                By HappyCamper

                from North Hollywood, CA

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                Pros

                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Not Functional
                • The Pins Get Lost
                • The Pins Get Stuck

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

                  THE PINS GET STUCK. THEN YOU CAN'T GET THE STRING OUT. USELESS!!! I hope the "custom size holes" that were drilled into my strat can take regular tuners cause I'm switching to Schaller.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best mod one can make...

                  By arellanon

                  from Bell Gardens, CA

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                  Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

                  IMHO installing these in your guitar is the best way to make your axe a better one. Your guitar will stay in tune much better and string changes will be fast and so easy! I have these on my Carvin TL60 and my Fender Stratocaster and I just love the way they stay in tune. I'll slowly but surely put some on my other guitars. Get 'em!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow. Totally kick.

                  By AmmJamSST

                  from Ashland, KY

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                  Comments about Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners:

                  They rock. These tuners stay in tune and make replacing strings really quick if you know how to use them. They are nice and short, so you don't need a string guide. I have the black ones and they're finished so you can't leave fingerprints very easily. Also, don't overtighten the locking system, since the strings will be cut in half from the pressure. You'll have to make your peg holes bigger when putting them on, but that's easily done.

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