#1
My SG took a dive recently. Luckily the neck is intact, not so much as a scuff mark.
One of the vintage-style tuners on the bass side bit the dust though. No big deal - just wondered about replacements...

I'm in Australia. Is it better to keep the originals or "upgrade" - depends on price...
The Gibson-branded ones have never given me any trouble, a couple of people recommended Gotoh, some one tried flogging me some crappy ones from a dead Epiphone...

As for other part of thread title...

On the way to rehearsals on Saturday morning and I happend to be walking past a guitar shop with a sign outside; "Genuine Gibson spares and repairs" - so I walked in to enquire. Had about $10 on me as I wasn't planning on buying anything at all. I made it clear to the guy in the shop that I wanted to know availability and price. He then proceeded to ring it up. So I reiterated and he made some drama... "I don't want them now - just to know you'll have them in the week and how much I'll need..." "OF COURSE!Hmmppspppfff - $150 - always in..."

Which made me think of him as a bit of a fool as I have been in the shop numerous times and bought pedals, leads, strings, picks and polish.... Just annoying.
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#2
Oh man, not another "Guitar gear iz so 3xpens1ves here in Auzzie!" thread.

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#4
I'd upgrade. The machine heads on my SG get messed up all the time. Fortunately, I still have spares from the first time. But it's annoying.
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#6
same thing happened to my SG a few years back. I would replace the the tunners. My guitar luthier did it to mine without telling me the brand, but they look like the originals with a better gear ratio. On my Les Paul, I replaced the Gibson tuners with Rotomatics, and my ES same stock with Grovers.
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Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
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#8
Yeah just about any brand tuner is as good if not better than gibsons. All they are is rebranded 12:1 ratio Grover tuners on Gibson guitars any ways.
#9
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Oh man, not another "Guitar gear iz so 3xpens1ves here in Auzzie!" thread.


No - the cost is irrelevant - I can afford the spares - it was the fact that I merely enquired as to the cost. I just don't want to be ripped off or, if there is something superior for the same or similar price then I'd rather upgrade.
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^^wow, first time I've seen chrome-colored hardware more expensive than gold-covered one...

Oddly enough a guy in another shop I went to last night on the way home said the same - and he was going through a Gibson stockist website.

Sperzels could be an option.
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#10
if one machinehead crapped out on you after one dive, upgrade them to better machine heads. i think you could get good locking tuners for the price a set of new gibson tuners would cost you.
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if one machinehead crapped out on you after one dive, upgrade them to better machine heads. i think you could get good locking tuners for the price a set of new gibson tuners would cost you.

That's the way I think I'm heading.
When it hit the floor the waffle-style casing sheared straight off. It's more a pain than anything else and finding time.

I've replaced machine heads before, but it's always been upgrades on cheaper instruments on new installs from scratch.
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#13
Cool - if I'm replacing the full set I may as well upgrade.
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