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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 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.

Makes changing strings a breeze.

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 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Functional (16)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), 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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They Don't Lock

They would be great if they worked. However, they won't lock the high E or B string. I user Ernie Ball - .014 and .011. I am putting the strings on correctly,...Read complete review

They would be great if they worked. However, they won't lock the high E or B string. I user Ernie Ball - .014 and .011. I am putting the strings on correctly, I've checked a bunch of times. No matter how hard I try to turn the locking screw, when I go to tune, the string just slips out. The shaft of the locking screw needs to be just a little longer. And because the string gets cut as part of the tuning, the string is ruined. And because of the way the holes are setup for the cutter, you can't just wind those strings the normal way. I had to remove them just to be able to string the guitar again, and I ruined two sets of strings in the process. I will be returning mine, I do not recommend these!

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5.0

Well worth it!

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from Philippines

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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!

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    from Spartanburg SC

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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:

        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.

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        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.

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        from Matawan, New Jersey

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        • 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

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            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

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              from Gardner Colorado

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              • Easy Installation
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Great Design

              Cons

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                  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!

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                  from Chicago IL

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

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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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                      5.0

                      Changing strings are a breeze.....

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                      from West Dundee, il

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                      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

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                        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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                        5.0

                        Restring with no tools!

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                        from Kansas City

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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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