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Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack

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Rock steady locking tuners!

Featuring precision 16:1 ratio, sealed lubrication, cast housings, and removable metal knobs, Gotoh Magnum auto-locking tuners are among the finest available. 3 tuners per side. Includes mounting screws and threaded hex bushings. Set of six.

Gotoh Magnum Lock String Changing Instructions
1. Open up the locking shaft by loosening the lock nut on the top of the shaft (a coin or screwdriver will work).

2. Insert the string into the shaft.

3. Take up string slack and hold tightly while winding tuner button.

4. Locking shaft will automatically lock string into place.

5. To unlock, loosen the tuner button, then loosen the lock nut on top of the shaft.

FEATURES
  • Auto-locking shaft
  • Precision 16:1 ratio
  • Cast housing
  • Removable metal knobs
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GotohMLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good quality (16)
  • Improves sound (6)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

These tuners work perfectly

Originally bought these locking tuners for my Ibanez Artcore AS73. They worked so well I decided to purchase an additional set (actually two) for my Dean Boca 12 string. The screw holes lined...Read complete review

Originally bought these locking tuners for my Ibanez Artcore AS73. They worked so well I decided to purchase an additional set (actually two) for my Dean Boca 12 string. The screw holes lined up perfectly on both instruments so no drilling was required. Only problem was the 12 string the tuner knobs barely had enough clearance to turn without hitting its neighbor. Solved the problem by using the old knobs on the new tuners.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

GREAT PRODUCT BUT POOR COMPANY

The product itself is solid. Good materials, reliable and works well. BUT there are a few concerns to weigh before purchasing if you're not a seasoned musician, luckily I am.
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The product itself is solid. Good materials, reliable and works well. BUT there are a few concerns to weigh before purchasing if you're not a seasoned musician, luckily I am.

The first set I received, 5 out of 6 were perfect, one had a manufacturing defect that I'm sure just wasn't caught by quality control. They would have been installed the day I received them but I waited because I was waiting on another part for the guitar so I could do all the mods at once. Since the backorder got pushed back so many times, I had these for almost 2 months before I could install them.

Since it was beyond the MF return policy, I turned to Gotoh thinking they would back up their product. First issue, the documents that come with the product are... to say the least... written by someone fairly illiterate, making it difficult to determine how to contact Gotoh. I had to look around online for quite some time before being able to do so. They referred me to MF since they sold it, they did not back up their product. Even though I showed them photos and videos of the problem. Then they referred me to some purchaser in Canada, and they explained all they do is take the item and send it to Gotoh for me so that I don't know where Gotoh is and I can't deal with them directly. I would also be responsible for the INTERNATIONAL shipping both ways even though the product's problem was a result of a defect.

In the end, MF took care of me once I explained the problem and showed the photos and emails. They realized since Gotoh would not back up their own product and are difficult to deal with, that they should take care of this.

MF let me return these for an exchange, and when I received the next set, they were perfect.

If you are not a seasoned guitarist, you may want to consider other tuners. It may be difficult to understand the documentation sent with them because since this is a Japanese company, the English is VERY poor. Also, it helps to have 3 hands when stringing the guitar to keep the string tight when trying to rotate the key for it to lock on it's own like they are suppose to.

Like I said, the product, is a good quality product, good materials and they are solid and work well but they are not for a beginner.

The deal breaker is the manufacturer. Usually it's a good manufacturer selling a poor product but this is backwards.

I gave a 3 star rating because the product is great, but if you have problems, do not expect Gotoh to back their own product or be willing to work with you.

MF, nice job as usual. This review critiques the manufacturer as well as the product, not MF.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

GREAT PRODUCT BUT POOR COMPANY

By A Virtuoso

from Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Manufacturer
  • Poor Support

Best Uses

    Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

    The product itself is solid. Good materials, reliable and works well. BUT there are a few concerns to weigh before purchasing if you're not a seasoned musician, luckily I am.

    The first set I received, 5 out of 6 were perfect, one had a manufacturing defect that I'm sure just wasn't caught by quality control. They would have been installed the day I received them but I waited because I was waiting on another part for the guitar so I could do all the mods at once. Since the backorder got pushed back so many times, I had these for almost 2 months before I could install them.

    Since it was beyond the MF return policy, I turned to Gotoh thinking they would back up their product. First issue, the documents that come with the product are... to say the least... written by someone fairly illiterate, making it difficult to determine how to contact Gotoh. I had to look around online for quite some time before being able to do so. They referred me to MF since they sold it, they did not back up their product. Even though I showed them photos and videos of the problem. Then they referred me to some purchaser in Canada, and they explained all they do is take the item and send it to Gotoh for me so that I don't know where Gotoh is and I can't deal with them directly. I would also be responsible for the INTERNATIONAL shipping both ways even though the product's problem was a result of a defect.

    In the end, MF took care of me once I explained the problem and showed the photos and emails. They realized since Gotoh would not back up their own product and are difficult to deal with, that they should take care of this.

    MF let me return these for an exchange, and when I received the next set, they were perfect.

    If you are not a seasoned guitarist, you may want to consider other tuners. It may be difficult to understand the documentation sent with them because since this is a Japanese company, the English is VERY poor. Also, it helps to have 3 hands when stringing the guitar to keep the string tight when trying to rotate the key for it to lock on it's own like they are suppose to.

    Like I said, the product, is a good quality product, good materials and they are solid and work well but they are not for a beginner.

    The deal breaker is the manufacturer. Usually it's a good manufacturer selling a poor product but this is backwards.

    I gave a 3 star rating because the product is great, but if you have problems, do not expect Gotoh to back their own product or be willing to work with you.

    MF, nice job as usual. This review critiques the manufacturer as well as the product, not MF.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love these! They work great and they look great.

    By Tracy

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gigging

      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

      I honestly do not understand how anyone could say these are difficult to use or won't keep the guitar in tune. I've used them on a few of my guitars for several years now and they do an amazing job of keeping the guitar in tune. They are not that difficult to use either. Sure they are not as easy to use as the thumb wheel style but I could not say they are difficult to use. I came here to buy another set for a "new to me" guitar I just picked up.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Dont buy if you have other options....

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

      I just bought these and 3 of the 6 were locked up at the factory due to probably not oiling. They barely even stand out above the headstock to insert the string. The locking is only by using the slotted screw on top which will wear over time instead of using the actual locking tuning knob on the back like other tuners. I bought the planet wave tuners instead and they are great. Dont buy these tuners if necessary.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simple to install

      By SteelieMan

      from Upstate NY

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

          I recently purchased an Ibanez AM73B which I absolutely love but it would not stay in tune very well. After doing some research I found that this is a common problem and that the Gotoh tuners would solve it. These were a perfect fit. It took me about 45 mins. to install the new tuners and strings. Very easy to use! I just put them on today so I can't speak for durability yet but they seem very well made and as I said they were super easy to install!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what I wanted. Better than the original equipment.

          By Chris

          from North Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

              Ordered these to replace the original tuners on a Godin guitar. The originals had the knob on the back to lock the strings. This mechanism is much better. The tuner just clamps down on the string using the string tension/stiffness as leverage. Changing the strings was easy and I did not need a coin to break the locking mechanism loose. The only nitpick would be that the replacement screws were slightly smaller than the original. Not a real problem, I just used the original screws.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Top-locking, high-quality & precision tuning!

              By Blkjakk

              from East. TN

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Very precise tuning

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                  Unscrew the top locking mechanism with a penny (on 3 per side tuners the treble side tuners unlock clockwise) till you can insert your string, pull the string snug & tune the string to pitch. Cut off the excess string. That's it. Simple.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pretty good product

                  By Oz

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                  • Instructions poorly translated
                  • Would it kill them to provide some spare screws?

                  Best Uses

                  • All uses.

                  Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                  These tuners are easy to install, despite the fact that instructions are not written by a person comfortable with English. I have had them on for a week, and they function well and look nice. I am trying locking tuners for the first time, and they strike me as much more convenient than "old school" tuners -- no muss, no fuss when changing strings.

                  My only complaint is that they expect you to re-use the small screws from your previous set of tuners. They are very small, and easy to lose if you drop one during installation (which I did -- I finally found it after 15 minutes of searching the floor and table.) The cost of these screws must be negligible -- why not include a few spares along with the tuners?

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just what I expected from Gotoh ;)

                  By 'Youngie'

                  from Rhode Island

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                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • The black tuners look great on my Fender 300ce

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                      These tuners are perfect for me,they work flawlessly and look great!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      On an Epi Dot

                      By RxCowboy48

                      from Xenia, OH

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                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                      I just put a set of these on my Epiphone Dot. My G string tuner was bad and I was having to retune extremely frequently, which was excessively annoying (those of you who are old enough to remember Fidonet might remember that term). Haven't played live with them yet, but during a couple of hours of bending strings in the living room the other night they held a rock-solid tuning. The look pretty doggon spiffy, to boot.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      So Easy and So Sure

                      By Lou-h3Qqg

                      from Plano, Texas

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                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                      These Gotoh Tuners went onto my Epiphone Dot so easily! And, with the magnum lock feature the strings don't slip and the head of my guitar looks so neat and clean! Have not performed with them, yet. But, the 16:1 ratio and the lock will make life much easier.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The best

                      By Ed in Leech

                      from Leechburg, Pa

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                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                      I've tried many an after market tuning key and not one has the quality and close tolerances as this one. The short posts actually help w/downward tension. I have a set on my Hamer Archtop and will soon on my newly aquired Washburn Pilsen model (great guitar, by the way).

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Drop in product for Ovation guitars

                      By ElectricBlue

                      from Norfolk, NE

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Perfect for all uses.

                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                      I needed a quality locking tuner for my Ovation that didn't break the bank, and absolutely had to be a perfect drop in with zero alterations to the head stock. After many calls, emails, and personal researching, I literally "took a chance" with not only Gotoh, but "top locker" machine heads. I am a huge fan of top name bottom lockers, but this set is a hit with me. They are fairly simple to use and automatically locked the string just as advertised. The gold finish doesn't look "cheap", and is very brilliant (at least for now). They are a perfect direct replacement for the Ovation Celebrity line, easy to install, and truly easy to operate. The posts ARE shorter than OEM, but this is a true advantage to the angle of the string, and you don't need a tall post for literally 1/2 to 3/4 turn of the post. I would recommend at least for Ovation head stocks.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      These tuners work perfectly

                      By Junebug

                      from Eastover, NC

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing
                        • Tuning

                        Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                        Originally bought these locking tuners for my Ibanez Artcore AS73. They worked so well I decided to purchase an additional set (actually two) for my Dean Boca 12 string. The screw holes lined up perfectly on both instruments so no drilling was required. Only problem was the 12 string the tuner knobs barely had enough clearance to turn without hitting its neighbor. Solved the problem by using the old knobs on the new tuners.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Perfect Fit

                        By TonyC.

                        from Atlanta Ga

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                          Bought these to replace a broken peg on a very old Danelectro.. Very good quality. It was a perfect fit and they keep the guitar in tune.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy another set and Im going to!

                          By DaKitty

                          from St. cloud, mn

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                            These helped an older guitar with ypparc tuners become a decent playing guitar that actually stays in tune.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Takes Some Getting Used To

                            By Roknrol66

                            from Charleston, WV

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Use

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                              There is a STEEP learning curve with these tuners. I have only changed strings twice with them now and I think with each successive time, I will get more used to them. The trick is understanding HOW they operate. Once you understand that, the process will become easier. Definitely neeed to use a coin to tighten the locks - a screwdriver slips off too easily. The gear ratio is very nice.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good if you know what you're doing.

                              By Charlie

                              from Farmingville NY

                              About Me Professional Musician

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                              • Install knowledge

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                                Stays in tune

                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                They're not that great

                                By Ryan

                                from Delaware

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Use
                                  • Doesn't Stay In Tune
                                  • Tuning Doesn't Stay Well

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup

                                  Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                                  I got these about a year ago for my LTD H-51. For the first couple weeks they kept my strings in tune, but after that they didn't keep them in tune very well. Every time I do a bend (big or small) the string loses its tuning. My stock non-locking ESP tuners kept them in tune better than these.

                                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  don't like them

                                  By David

                                  from Houston area

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Use
                                    • Not An Upgrade
                                    • Not Functional

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                                      while the tuners are of high quality, the design is lacking. Compared to locking tuners with thumbwheels underneath, these are difficult to use. It takes a lot of winding the tuners to tighten up the strings, and that is what you are trying to get away from with locking tuners. It takes a LOT longer to change strings with these vs. other locking tuners.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Outstanding tuners!

                                      By shredding423

                                      from Chattanooga, TN

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup
                                        • Concerts
                                        • Practicing

                                        Comments about Gotoh MLB3-G 3-On-A-Side Locking Tuners 6-Pack:

                                        Just installed a set and I felt like I could tell a difference on the first play. Intonation was definitely improved and maybe even the tone (sustain wise), but that could be my imagination. Easy to install, easy to use; I highly recommend them.

                                        I bought these in black and they are very sharp. Just be careful when tightening the nuts as you might scrape some paint off if you tighten too much.

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