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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 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good quality (21)
  • Functional (19)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (7), 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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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

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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    5.0

    Love these tuners

    By Telemanblue Blue

    from Spokane washington

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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:

        I have these tuners on five of my guitars and love them. After stretching your strings good these things stay in tune awesome!!

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        3.0

        good enough

        By pioneerofdisaster

        from planet earth

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

        • very cheap set screws

        Best Uses

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

          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well worth it!

          By Returning Guitarist

          from Philippines

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            Got these tuning pegs and installed them to replace stock tuning pegs that wouldn't keep in tune.

            Installation was a breeze and I didn't waste a string over the locking and trimming mechanism. Headstock now looks really neat. Tuning the strings was pure pleasure using these pegs.

            Most importantly, the guitar stayed in tune overnight when I checked it this morning - something that never happened with stock tuning pegs.

            I've also noted an improvement in sound.

            This is money well-spent.

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            5.0

            I want this product for all my instruments!

            By Wayne the resoman

            from Spartanburg SC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I put these auto trims on my dobro & they are great! I think everyone should have them.

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                5.0

                These babies work like a champ.

                By CMAC

                from Baton Rouge, La

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No instructions.

                Best Uses

                • Anything guitar.

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

                The sales tech at MF found these to fit my Epiphone les Paul. Great move, upgraded the Grovers and easy to tune with no string breakage. They are functional too, as they cut the string off while winding. I don't know why most guitars come with tuners like these, they are the cats meow.

                Go to you tube for instructions on installation, tedious but not difficult.

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                4.0

                So far... So good.

                By Gregory1960

                from Matawan, New Jersey

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    First of all, I don't usually like writing reviews. Second, I am a Singer/Songwriter with many years of guitar playing under my belt. I installed these tuning machines on a 30 year old Alvarez acoustic guitar. The holes were too small for the tuning machines so I had to bore them out to fit. The thickness of the Headstock was a shy thicker than the threads on the tuning machines so I had to first tighten them down without the washer and then add the washer later and retighten it. I heard from a prior review that the high "E" string would never cut off but the tuning machines I installed work fine on all of the strings. PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT COMMENT: When you tighten the screw underneath to hold the string in place, MAKE SURE IT IS VERY TIGHT. Otherwise the string will not hold and when you tighten the string it will pull out and you will have wasted a string. I made that mistake on one string (the "A" string). After that mistake, on my part, the tuning machines worked fine. Tuning is a breeze. Setting up the guitar strings is a breeze. I love the tuners and the fact that I don't have to cut off the string ends or curl up the ends. I assume that when I take them off, that will be easier as well but that will be a while away. I do recommend these tuning machines.

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                    5.0

                    Goodbye Grovers

                    By uncleG

                    from Orange Ca

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

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

                      These were a direct drop in on my Gibson SG Tribute.
                      I think they are a little lighter than the Grovers. They cost a lot less than Grover locking tuners and the auto trim works great.
                      The 18.1 ratio is a must for precise tuning.
                      Also I like the feel of the buttons, the ridge in the center helps me grip the peg quicker.
                      It is a well designed product, good quality and affordable.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Upgrade

                      By Lalo

                      from Gardner Colorado

                      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

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

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                              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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