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Am I the only one who swaps standard tuners for lockers just for the convenience? :whistle:

 

I even installed a set of Hipshot open gear locking tuners on my Seagull S6 acoustic (after a plastic bushing cracked on one). What can I say, it makes string changing a snap...

Dan

 

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I think they're the $h!t, excellent, a wonderful invention!

 

The only reason that I don't have any on any guitars is that I can get by with standard tuners for now, while amps, tubes, cables, strings, pedals, power-supplies, fret-jobs, and repairs (broken headstock/neck? Eeewe... ouch! NOS EL34 failing and taking out components? Damn!) all take greater priority in spending when I can afford to. They're great, but down a few pegs ( ;) ) on the must-have list...

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I had locking Spertzels on the Carvin. Really liked them. Will probably put locking tuners on my Sheraton and Ibanez AF-125 in the future.

 

Same here, my Carvin has locking Sperzels & I think I'd like them on various other guitars too. I don't change strings too often, though, so it's a somewhat low priority.

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I had locking Spertzels on the Carvin. Really liked them. Will probably put locking tuners on my Sheraton and Ibanez AF-125 in the future.

 

Same here, my Carvin has locking Sperzels & I think I'd like them on various other guitars too. I don't change strings too often, though, so it's a somewhat low priority.

 

Hey Scott,

 

Out of curiosity, how often do you change your strings? I often feel guilty regarding not changing my strings often enough. How 'bout you other gents?

 

 

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I have two American Deluxe Strats that came with locking tuners. I loved them so much I put them on my two American Standards. I used Fender replacements with logos made in Taiwan and they work just as good as the American made ones.

 

@ Fred, I changed strings every 3 months until I started using Thomastick-Infeld. Now I can go every 6 months...

Take care, Larryz
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@ Fred, I changed strings every 3 months until I started using Thomastick-Infeld. Now I can go every 6 months...

 

Larry,

 

Me too. Every three months-need it or not. I think I should probably try for every other month.

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@ Fred, I changed strings every 3 months until I started using Thomastick-Infeld. Now I can go every 6 months...

 

Larry,

 

Me too. Every three months-need it or not. I think I should probably try for every other month.

 

That's easy Fred, just buy more guitars and the strings last even longer! LOL!

Take care, Larryz
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I had locking Spertzels on the Carvin. Really liked them. Will probably put locking tuners on my Sheraton and Ibanez AF-125 in the future.

 

Same here, my Carvin has locking Sperzels & I think I'd like them on various other guitars too. I don't change strings too often, though, so it's a somewhat low priority.

 

Hey Scott,

Out of curiosity, how often do you change your strings? I often feel guilty regarding not changing my strings often enough. How 'bout you other gents?

 

Depends on how much playing goes on, but sometimes a year goes by, or more. My PRS SE was my main gig guitar for about 4 or 5 years & it still has the strings it came with on it. I like them, they feel right to me. I fingerpick, so there's not a lot of abrasion going on. I'm using DR Blues (thanks, Caevan, for the recommendation,) & they seem to last pretty long before any tarnish starts to take the luster off.

Scott Fraser
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I change strings when they start to sound bad or one breaks, which all depends on how much I'm playing each day, which tends to vary a little too much. :P I have Cleartones on my electric, and they seem to hold up at least two months with lots of playing, usually more than two though.
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@ Fred, I changed strings every 3 months until I started using Thomastick-Infeld. Now I can go every 6 months...

 

Larry,

 

Me too. Every three months-need it or not. I think I should probably try for every other month.

 

That's easy Fred, just buy more guitars and the strings last even longer! LOL!

 

True! :wave: I have strings that are decades old on some guitars that still play and sound fine.

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I love the zing and sparkle and harmonic overtone swirl of fresh wound strings, so I change them as often as I can afford to. I very rarely break strings, even with heavy bends, so it's usually about their tone. Lately that works out to about a month between changes, sometime more often, sometimes less. Years ago I'd change strings almost every week on an electric and an acoustic!

 

I've been known to change the three wound/bass strings, leaving the plain/treble strings on and keeping the three in the set as spares. I don't wear the plain/trebles as fast as some people do- I'm lucky, my skin and its oils and all seem pretty mild on strings; I just like the zingy sound of fresh wound-basses, so they get changed more often.

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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who prefers lockers. :D

 

I posted the question after following a rather snarky thread on another forum, where the responders took the side of either "you don't need them" verses "we love them". No kidding, it actually was getting kind of nasty with accusations of "dumbing down" and "you just don't know what you're doing" etc.

 

And it all started after someone asked for a recommendation on a set for their Ibanez RG2... :freak::facepalm: :idk

Dan

 

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Lockers are a definite improvement from the point of intonation (no winding a bunch of string around the post to shift after a few minutes of pitch bending ) String changes are a breeze especially using Planet Wave/Neil Steinberger design. I have Hipshot Open backs, Sperzels, Grover Mini Lockers, Planet Waves and Schallers on several of my guitars. Got Waverlys on my acoustic guitars.....the only standard tuners that give *me* locker performance. Definitely a proponent of locking tuners :)

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