Saturday, September 27, 2014
Locking Tuners! A guide for dummies.
Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're talking about a piece of guitar hardware that is often overlooked, but that is a very important aid if our guitar refuses to stay perfectly in tune: the locking tuners.
Those tuners are similar to the regular ones, you still pass the string through the peghead, but before starting winding it around the peg, with locking tuners there is a pin or some other type of retaining machine that "locks" the string in place eliminating the need for wrapping the string around the peghead.
If the string is locked there's no need for it to stabilize around the peg, and this is particularly useful with tremolo / Floyd Rose bridges, which needs the maximum stability to keep in tune.
In order to change the strings with locking tuners first we need to
1) Remove the old strings (that's an easy one)
2) Align the pegheads so that the hole is facing the nut (no pun intended)
3) Insert the string in the peghead (without turning the peg) and fix it into the bridge
4) Lock the locking system below the tuner to keep the string in place
5) Wind up the tuner until the string is in tune (a locking tuner should tune the string with half a turn of the peghead, or less)
6) Remove the part of the string in excess (because we care about the looks too)
Hope this was helpful!
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