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Add vintage touch and stable tuning to your favorite Gibson.

The Gibson vintage nickel machine heads with pearloid buttons have an all-nickel closed construction, vintage styling, and traditional pearloid buttons providing that luxury, classic feel to your guitar's headstock. Totally stable tuning and a lifetime of reliability are a nice added benefit.

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GibsonVintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons
 
3.5

(based on 35 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Possibly....

...one of the best tuning pegs for your Gibson or Epiphone. Apart from looking beautiful they do their job well. These are quality pegs which came installed in my Gibson Flying V....Read complete review

...one of the best tuning pegs for your Gibson or Epiphone. Apart from looking beautiful they do their job well. These are quality pegs which came installed in my Gibson Flying V. I have to tune my V every 1-2 weeks, usually 2, and I play my V a lot, so they stay in tune for a long time. Also they do not move about if you tighten them correctly.I had to give the value rating a bit lower since in my opinion, machine heads are always a tiny bit overpriced.These pegs have quality equal to Grover Tuners.

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Too loose, or need to be broken in?

I'm making a guitar for a friend of mine that wants a Gibson Les Paul custom - (I've been a luthier for over twenty years now), but I don't know if I'll recommend...Read complete review

I'm making a guitar for a friend of mine that wants a Gibson Les Paul custom - (I've been a luthier for over twenty years now), but I don't know if I'll recommend these machine heads now. I normally use Schaller brand machine heads, but those are for custom one of a kind guitars. I understand that good pickups can make a guitar sound great with a really good amp, but great pickups can make it sound good no matter what amp you use. But none of that matters when you don't have a good set of machine heads to keep it in tune! A guitar is only as good as its' parts. With junk parts all you have is a set of junk! With quality parts you have an enjoyable quality instrument. Remember, you only buy quality once - you'll buy junk forever!
I had a set of these on my '97 Gibson SG. I had no problems with them, but this is when these were German made. I don't know who's making them now, but it sounds like Gotoh type quality. Schaller was making these for a while. If they're not making them now I wonder what happened. If they indeed are, I wonder why they can't get the same consistency. I played several Gibson Les Pauls at the local guitar center for a friend so that he could decide which sounded better. As I played I noticed the quality of appearance was par for Schaller, but the performance was far less than stellar! These stayed in tune on one guitar, but on another one they had some strings go out of tune as soon as I started playing. At first I doubted other reviews on here thiking that they must be doing something that others who use these aren't, but after experiencing the same problems myself I no longer doubt it!
These look great, but the tuner button itself could be a little better quality of color - more mottled as the originals are. I have an acoustic with the same machine heads, but only these are Kluson originals - BIG difference! The ones I have are from mid sixtysix - the double line with Kluson stamped on the back gear cover. I haven't owned a set of the newer ones, nor have I been able to play on them long enough to guage enough of an opinion of how well they stand up over time, but if the buttons break off - this is a serious quality issue that needs to be addressed directly to Gibson so that they can get maker of their machine heads to correct this!
For what I've read so far, and the same problems with tuning - I suggest that cleaning this with W-D40 would be most advisable for those who have problems with stability. This sounds like the gear in the back of the string post is too loose, and isn't meshing solidly with the worm gear. This can cause tuning instability, and premature wear on the tuning button if you have to keep tuning for every song! I had to re-tune several times on one guitar I played at guitar center, but I thought that was only because the strings are still new, which is a problem no matter what guitar, or machine heads it has. If it keeps doing this after the strings have been on for a while, then it's the machine itself. It needs to be tightened - the problem with that is these shells are permanently sealed! The original Klusons didn't need to be adjusted, only oiled once in a while. Most manufacturers put a drop of grease inside to lubricate, but that can get dirty, and jam after a while. I believe that these people writing reviews aren't the only ones having tuning problems, this sounds like a poor quality product for the price! I see other people selling these same machines on evilbay after being pulled from new guitars. That tells me that these need to be retooled for quality assurance.

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2.0

Quality Variances

By hotdotdog

from Glendora, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Original Equipment Look

Cons

  • Quality Varies Wildly

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    Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

    What looks like the same tuner you see on a $3000 Les Paul and on a lower cost Tribute Les Paul, in actuality seem quite different. I have several Gibson and Fender guitars and also build guitars. Recently I purchased new Gibson Tribute models of the SG and the Les Paul varieties which come with these tuners installed from the factory. They do not perform like the tuners on my expensive Gibson models with what looks like the same tuner. I have experienced the tribute tuners simply not holding a tune and many of the tuners have up to 3/4 turn of free play. As a luthier checked for string pinch at the nut which can cause this condition but all was well there. I suspect Gibson is sorting through these tuners and selecting the best ones for their high end models leaving substandard ones for the economy models. I was not comfortable buying these as replacements as I could not be sure of the quality.
    I have replaced these tuners with Grover 135N tuners which look the same . The quality is what you expect from Grover. Just perfect. No free play and everything stays in tune.

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    5.0

    excellent quality and excellent service

    By Marmaduke

    from Rayland, Ohio

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    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

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        Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

        perfect replacement part

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        4.0

        Good tuners

        By Murdock

        from South Williamson, KY

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        • Easy to install yourself.
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

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            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            Bought these for my 2015 Gibson Vintage Sunburst Les Paul Jr. It came with the GForce tuning system but I wanted regular tuners on it so these were a great choice. They were east.to install and looked great.

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            (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Too loose, or need to be broken in?

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            I'm making a guitar for a friend of mine that wants a Gibson Les Paul custom - (I've been a luthier for over twenty years now), but I don't know if I'll recommend these machine heads now. I normally use Schaller brand machine heads, but those are for custom one of a kind guitars. I understand that good pickups can make a guitar sound great with a really good amp, but great pickups can make it sound good no matter what amp you use. But none of that matters when you don't have a good set of machine heads to keep it in tune! A guitar is only as good as its' parts. With junk parts all you have is a set of junk! With quality parts you have an enjoyable quality instrument. Remember, you only buy quality once - you'll buy junk forever!
            I had a set of these on my '97 Gibson SG. I had no problems with them, but this is when these were German made. I don't know who's making them now, but it sounds like Gotoh type quality. Schaller was making these for a while. If they're not making them now I wonder what happened. If they indeed are, I wonder why they can't get the same consistency. I played several Gibson Les Pauls at the local guitar center for a friend so that he could decide which sounded better. As I played I noticed the quality of appearance was par for Schaller, but the performance was far less than stellar! These stayed in tune on one guitar, but on another one they had some strings go out of tune as soon as I started playing. At first I doubted other reviews on here thiking that they must be doing something that others who use these aren't, but after experiencing the same problems myself I no longer doubt it!
            These look great, but the tuner button itself could be a little better quality of color - more mottled as the originals are. I have an acoustic with the same machine heads, but only these are Kluson originals - BIG difference! The ones I have are from mid sixtysix - the double line with Kluson stamped on the back gear cover. I haven't owned a set of the newer ones, nor have I been able to play on them long enough to guage enough of an opinion of how well they stand up over time, but if the buttons break off - this is a serious quality issue that needs to be addressed directly to Gibson so that they can get maker of their machine heads to correct this!
            For what I've read so far, and the same problems with tuning - I suggest that cleaning this with W-D40 would be most advisable for those who have problems with stability. This sounds like the gear in the back of the string post is too loose, and isn't meshing solidly with the worm gear. This can cause tuning instability, and premature wear on the tuning button if you have to keep tuning for every song! I had to re-tune several times on one guitar I played at guitar center, but I thought that was only because the strings are still new, which is a problem no matter what guitar, or machine heads it has. If it keeps doing this after the strings have been on for a while, then it's the machine itself. It needs to be tightened - the problem with that is these shells are permanently sealed! The original Klusons didn't need to be adjusted, only oiled once in a while. Most manufacturers put a drop of grease inside to lubricate, but that can get dirty, and jam after a while. I believe that these people writing reviews aren't the only ones having tuning problems, this sounds like a poor quality product for the price! I see other people selling these same machines on evilbay after being pulled from new guitars. That tells me that these need to be retooled for quality assurance.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I don't have any issue with these

            By X-50

            from Fairmont, WV

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            They're on my 2010 SG Standard. I don't play lightly. I bend a lot and I have to retune every few days. I play maybe 2 hours a night on this one. I think some of the issue is the nut. If the slots aren't wide enough, the strings catch. If the winding isn't done right, they go out of tune. If the strings aren't stretched, they go out of tune. It's not always the tuners fault your guitar won't stay in tune. Sometimes it can be the user. Try some other solutions before blaming one thing.

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            (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not quite the worst.

            By Strauboids

            from New York

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            These aren't quite the worst tuners I have ever used, but overall they deserve the worst rating. To think that you could purchase a twelve-hundred dollar guitar and be stuck with these things is just insulting. If they were twenty dollars I'd say buy them, but only if you don't already have tuners, because these most likely wont be better or even as good as any stock tuner you have. If you insist on that "classic look" and only play in your bedroom, then by all means purchase these.

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            5.0

            know your gear

            By southernsam

            from jax bch , fl

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            i find these to be among the best tuners out there,but its like any piece of gear you have,it takes a few minutes of set up(a little wd40 or liquid graphite)you never play a new guitar without a decent setup do you? i have used these on many guitars down through the years and think they have the swagger and mojo that make them worth every penny.

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            (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            worst stock tuners EVER

            By gibsonSGfaded

            from Boston, MA

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            these come stock on pretty much every gibson under I own the gibson SG faded, love the guitar but these tuners are the absolute worst. I wouldn't recommend these to anyone at any price. the pegs are wobbly on 2 of 6 of them, and they slip out of tune no matter how you wind the strings or set up the guitar, I've tried everything. if you're buying a "value" Gibson axe, replace these tuners immediately. I don't know why anyone would want to proactively put these on their guitar.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Possibly....

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            ...one of the best tuning pegs for your Gibson or Epiphone. Apart from looking beautiful they do their job well. These are quality pegs which came installed in my Gibson Flying V. I have to tune my V every 1-2 weeks, usually 2, and I play my V a lot, so they stay in tune for a long time. Also they do not move about if you tighten them correctly.I had to give the value rating a bit lower since in my opinion, machine heads are always a tiny bit overpriced.These pegs have quality equal to Grover Tuners.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Do Not Listen

            By Rob Laxton

            from Philadelphia

            Comments about Gibson Vintage Nickel Machine Heads with Pearloid Buttons:

            I have had my Gibson SG standard for over 5 years now and the damn machine head just broke on me. I put that guitar through so much hell so its no surprise I recommend these heads just because they went through far more abuse than I thought they could take.

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