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Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing

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TonePros KB3L locking guitar tuners are 15:1 high-ratio 3 on a side machines with the vintage buttons of the B3 Series in a locking format. B3L serie...Click To Read More About This Product

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TonePros KB3L locking guitar tuners are 15:1 high-ratio 3 on a side machines with the vintage buttons of the B3 Series in a locking format. B3L series tuning machines are high tech yet low profile tuners that lock from the top of the post with simple hand pressure. No tool is needed. Special hardened steel post tops on each tuner provide an attractive and easy-to-use locking mechanism.

Kluson KB3L high performance locking tuners are favorites of both top artists and of manufacturers. They feature the classic Kluson vintage back and have a very favorable weight and mass for tone. New TonePros Kluson Locking Tuners provide high-performance and locking tuning stability without the bulky or heavy formats of other tuners. Now you can retrofit your vintage guitar with no modification.

FEATURES
  • 3 per side
  • Bolt bushing
  • Keystone button
  • No guitar modification

Keep your vintage guitar looking vintage while making the tuning a dream. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 15:1 gear ratio
  • 25/64" shaft size
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KlusonKB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TonePros Improves Classic Design Again!!

These tuners were a "drop in" for my LP Traditional that whent on in 10 minutes and I was restrung in 5. The finish (New Chrome) matched the other hardware on...Read complete review

These tuners were a "drop in" for my LP Traditional that whent on in 10 minutes and I was restrung in 5. The finish (New Chrome) matched the other hardware on the guitar perfectly. Stringing was a few quick twists of the locking nut and done. The gearing did not change from the previous set of tuners and while not really high (15:1) they provided smooth, acurate tuning action.

Now thing to note, I did break a couple of strings (hight E and G) while streaching them after mount so you do not want to touq the locking nut down to hard on the unwound strings.

Other that this these tuners are an excelent product.

Thank you TonePros and Musicians Friend.
They are locking Kluson tuners!!! I'll say that again. OK I wont...

These do not change the classic look of my Cherry Burst LP Traditional AND they are locking Kluson tuners!!!

The keys are a perfect match for the stock tuners, they have a good ratio (15:1) and smooth tuning.

If you think the locking system may look a little strange think again. Once they are on you do not notice them at all and string changes are very easy with the top lock system.

Way to go TonePros!!!
I use TP tuners, bridges and tail pieces on all my LP's and have never had an issue. For these tuners there are no loose keys, no play in the tuner and very smooth gearing. I've tuned it once when installed and have not tuned it yet in a weeks worth of play, they are very stable.

The chrome finish does not look cheap and will most likly last as long as the guitar.

They are TonePros... 'nough said.
Locking Kluson!!! and they are TonePros!!!

I will not be changing these out for anything. Very stable tuning, solid mechanical performance and they look stock!

Great value in my books.

VS

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Not for all vintage guitars-buyer beware

The description for this item states "you can retro fit your vintage guitar with no modification", but these will not fit into the headstock of my 1972 Gibson without reaming out...Read complete review

The description for this item states "you can retro fit your vintage guitar with no modification", but these will not fit into the headstock of my 1972 Gibson without reaming out the peg holes. Customer Service was not very helpful with my return.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They're great

By FatsMarinara

from Orlando, FLA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • No Better Than Originals

Best Uses

  • Gibson 33 Guitars
  • Gibson 3and3 Guitars

Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

I own a 1994 Gibson SG. I am the original owner. A few months ago, I began to notice that my tuning pegs were not as tight as they once had been. I began to shop for new ones. I came across the KB3l. I noticed that they had a mixed bag of reviews. I decided to purchase them and give them a shot. I have had them on my guitar for three sets of string changes. I must say, I love them. They do everything a great tuning peg should. However, if you stretch and wind your strings properly they don't seem any better than a properly working set of original Gibson tuning pegs. Since I was needing new ones I would say that these are a great replacement. I don't feel like I would buy theses as an "upgrade."

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

look the same

By Celloman

from Cincinnati

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Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

I had to drill out the tuner holes on my 6 year old Les Paul. The way the locking piece screws on from the top, makes my guitar JUST fit in the case. They don't really show how tall they really are in the pictures presented on the website.
Nice look to them, and they lock the string
They seem solid and turn with ease
They are more expensive than other locking tuners

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes re-stringing a snap

By Roberto

from Gunnison,

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy Installation
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Makes re-stringing a snap
  • Well Made

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

      Perfect fit in my SG, really help when you re-string.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TonePros Improves Classic Design Again!!

      By 215979811

      from Canada

      Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

      These tuners were a "drop in" for my LP Traditional that whent on in 10 minutes and I was restrung in 5. The finish (New Chrome) matched the other hardware on the guitar perfectly. Stringing was a few quick twists of the locking nut and done. The gearing did not change from the previous set of tuners and while not really high (15:1) they provided smooth, acurate tuning action.

      Now thing to note, I did break a couple of strings (hight E and G) while streaching them after mount so you do not want to touq the locking nut down to hard on the unwound strings.

      Other that this these tuners are an excelent product.

      Thank you TonePros and Musicians Friend.
      They are locking Kluson tuners!!! I'll say that again. OK I wont...

      These do not change the classic look of my Cherry Burst LP Traditional AND they are locking Kluson tuners!!!

      The keys are a perfect match for the stock tuners, they have a good ratio (15:1) and smooth tuning.

      If you think the locking system may look a little strange think again. Once they are on you do not notice them at all and string changes are very easy with the top lock system.

      Way to go TonePros!!!
      I use TP tuners, bridges and tail pieces on all my LP's and have never had an issue. For these tuners there are no loose keys, no play in the tuner and very smooth gearing. I've tuned it once when installed and have not tuned it yet in a weeks worth of play, they are very stable.

      The chrome finish does not look cheap and will most likly last as long as the guitar.

      They are TonePros... 'nough said.
      Locking Kluson!!! and they are TonePros!!!

      I will not be changing these out for anything. Very stable tuning, solid mechanical performance and they look stock!

      Great value in my books.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect match for a Les Paul

      By Sled Dog X

      from Canada

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      Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

      I installed these tuners on my Les Paul over the weekend without any problems. There was no drilling or new screw holes required - everything was a perfect fit for an LP. The style of the tuning keys fit right in with the original Gibson ones, both shape and colour. The screw on the top of the headstock is a little different, but the locking feature is what I was after. They only appear long when looking from the side angle (player's view only) My strings are staying in tune better than before, even with putting on new strings at the same time as installing the tuners. I am pleased with this product.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      They work!

      By 399611190

      from Missouri

      Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

      They where not a direct replacement of my original Gibson tuners, but they are better! They made string changing and tuning stability alot better...So try them out! They where worth the change!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not for all vintage guitars-buyer beware

      By Steelstringer1

      from Chandler, AZ

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

          The description for this item states "you can retro fit your vintage guitar with no modification", but these will not fit into the headstock of my 1972 Gibson without reaming out the peg holes. Customer Service was not very helpful with my return.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works great on my Les Paul

          By Mad_Max

          from United States

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast String Change
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Nickel Matched Hardware

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • One Less Worry
            • Practicing

            Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

            I installed the tuners on a Gibson Les Paul Studio 70s Tribute. A Phillips screwdriver and a wrench were the only tools needed. The nickel was an exact match to the original hardware. String changes are now quick and easy. Kluson eliminated the "frustration" factor found with standard and some locking tuners. These tuners keep the guitar in tune longer and perform as advertised. Please note that the tuners are an exact replacement for Kluson style tuners with a bolt bushing. Using these to replace the older "washer" style bushing may require modification.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good, solid locking hardware

            By FYC

            from Toronto, ON

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

              Bought these as a direct replacement on my LP Trad. I wanted to keep the same Kluson look, and these did it - essentially the same style as the take-offs but with the locking feature.

              They are an easy bolt-on, provided your existing tuners have the hex nut - took less than 10 minutes in my case.

              The locking mechanism works really well so far - easy to install the locking nut, does what it's intended. Read a review somewhere that the locking nut on top of the posts were "hard on the eyes" - barely noticeable in my opinion, they look fine, and very happy with them.

              Finally, ordered these using MF's concierge service, and they were very helpful. I have a music store literally down the road, but their service doesnt even come close to MF.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than the originals

              By Bluesmanlane

              from Schertz, Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Improves Sound
              • Keeps Strings In Tune

              Cons

              • Not Look Like Originals

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                I love these. The original tuners on my '65 ES-335-TD never kept the strings in tune very well. Had to constantly re-tune after every song. These tuners lock the string even after putting on a new set. They may not look exactly like the originals, but they are much better.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wierd looking but work great

                By SDC

                from Bartlett, IL

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                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                I installed these tuners on a Gibson Les Paul. The locking mechanism looks a little wierd, but they are real easy to install, and work really well. The posts are tight and the build quality is excellent. The aged buttons look great too. The price was higher when they first came out. These are a buy.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tuner Upgrade

                By csg325

                from Ohio

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                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                I installed these on my Gibson Les Paul Studio. Every hole lined up perfectly, no drilling required. The nickel finish top pieces look nice. My house is subject to alot of temperature changes and I have already noticed my guitar staying in tune much better. I recommend hand stretching each string before tuning when you replace them. While you don't have to wind the strings on the post, the string itself still has some stretch in it. I believe once the new strings are broke in a little more these tuners will be very nice. Overall I am satisfied with these tuners.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So much better than stock tuners

                By abester420

                from Petoskey, MI

                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                I have a Gibson SG Standard with the stock Gibson tuners and since replacing the stock tuners with these locking tuners ive noticed a big diffrence. first off ive noticed that the strings dont slip like they used to. secondly ive noticed that the locking tuners feel sturdier than the stock ones. its a great feeling to not have to tune your guitar every 5 minutes.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Nice Fit, Marginal Change...except for locking

                By BCY123

                from Westchester County, NY

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                I replaced the Klusons on my 2007 LP studio. They always seemed kind of a weak link in the gtr. I opted for these replacements as they seemed to be an exact fit-no drilling. Also," i really like locking tuners as they take the hassle out of changing strings. The tuners seemed almost identical to the ""gibson deluxe"" on the gtr....got me worried they WERE actually the same and would have same issues. Some very minor differences", don't know if they are actually made different. Anyway, installation was a breeze. Only issue was the new screws seemed a little larger than the originals, so i used the original screws....in case, i want to remove the tuners in the future and the hole was larger. All holes matched up, one tuner had a hole that was a little tight for the screw, but in the end no prob. Strung up the gtr, tuned it, stretched strings, retuned and then played..and I'll be damned they held very nice. I did put a little dab of nut grease on the nut and the saddles. Played about an hr and all good. Picked up gtr next day and still in tune!! Played with my band last night and it was in tune out of the case and stayed nicely in tune throughout 3hrs of R n R, with lots of bends and hard playing. Only minor tuneups required.. All In all a nice product and an easy intstall.
                A little pricey

                 
                4.0

                Nice Upgrade

                By Ronnie

                from San Diego

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                Just installed these to replace the original tuners on my SSG '61 Reissue. The original tuners would not stay in tune. I'm able to stay in tune better now with these locking tuners, and restringing the guitar is much easier.

                 
                4.0

                Kluson Locking Tuners

                By johnw11

                from New Zealand

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fitted Straight In Lptrad
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • They Do The Job

                Cons

                • Ease Of Use Ok Only
                • Not As Easy To Use As The

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                  Went straight in my Les Paul Trad no problems.
                  Not quite as easy to use as Fender locking tuners
                  but they do the job.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  ugly

                  By trixie

                  from ba oklahoma

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                  Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                  I installed these on a epi les paul studio, they fit perfect. I have to use vise grips to get the small strings tight enough so the string does not slip, wish I did not make this purchase! They are hard to look at as well.

                   
                  4.0

                  not direct replacements

                  By Boomer

                  from Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                    I'm not sure what all guitars these will be a direct replacement for. However look at your current tuners. If they have a washer and a hex shaped nut on the face then these will fit with no modification. If you have round rings only you will need to boar the holes out. Use a very fine bit and set the chuck very low so you don't damage the headstock. I would recommend them if you don't have to do modification or if you don't mind paying a professional to do it. Gibson tuners never seem to stay in tune. These make all the difference.

                    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    "I was shipped an unmatched set"

                    By Rick

                    from Botswana, Africa

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Unhappy Guitar Player

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                    I was shipped an unmatched set. Hope to take it up with M.F. and see if they will resolved my problem.

                     
                    5.0

                    Well made tuners

                    By Nick

                    from Allentown, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                    • Large thumb wheel on top

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kluson KB3L Keystone Locking Guitar Tuning Machines - 3-Per-Side Bolt Bushing:

                      Bought these for my R9 Les Paul. If you have the push in bushing on your original Kluson tuners you will need to do a slight mod. Will need to get a 10mm reamer to enlarge the holes. Only need to go half way up so the shaft fits, but this will allow you to put your original tuners back in if you want to return it to stock. Easy mod. If you have the bolt bushing on top, they will drop right in. Holes line up perfectly in either case.

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