#1
Hi guys,

I am building a guitar (see images attached) and want your opinion on the hardware. I have been looking into buying Schaller machine heads, however I have come across a few others that, whilst they have a similar price tag, I can't say I know much about and I know price isn't always a good comparison.

The particular alternatives I have found are available for your viewing here and they are the following three:

Schaller Locking Machineheads 3+3
SPERZEL 3+3 Locking Machine Heads
Planet Waves Auto Trim Tuning Machines (the wild card as I have never heard of them)

Opinions please,

Lanky.

\m/ - I did not build the guitar, the hard work and craftsmanship was done by a man called Antonio Tsai, check out his work.
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#2
I think you should go with the sperzels. By the way nice guitar, I wonder how long it took him to do the inlays.
#3
Cheers, I also got a pick guard for my acoustic with similar inlay work. He's amazing...

I should say the headstock is a little thicker than what I see specified for the Gibsons, would 2-3mm extra affect the attachment of them at all.

Thanks for the advice though.

I know it makes little difference but I am looking at a Schaller bridge stop and a tune-o-matic bridge if I can find one.
#4
I personally prefer the look of Sperzel with keystone buttons for 3+3 headstocks, and they work very nicely (have a set on my trusty Cort), but their gear ratio is slightly less accurate than I'd like. I've gotten used to it, though. It's just a matter of settling into new habits when tuning up. Greatly recommended.

Another plus about them is that you can flip them. Meaning you can turn a left-handed tuner into a right-handed one so you can use them as 3+3 even if you can only find a 6 in line set, or you can mix and match for 4+2 or 5+1 setups. Aww yeah!
#5
I've got a set of the sperzel's on my LTD EC-1000, and they work great unless you loosen the locking mechanism too far, in which case it is very easy to cross-thread the locking piece. This happened on my low E string tuner, so now it is no longer locking.
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#6
Thinking of going with the Sperzels... they're a damn sight cheaper... and given that I'm thinking of getting this ; the lower tuning ratio issue is somewhat null and void.

I'll keep you posted on the build; once I've done my shopping for the hardware I'm going to tackle filing the nut slots... should be interesting to say the least.

Lanky

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#7
Another Sperzel fan here...Quality tuners at a reasonable price. And they have some pretty kick ass colors.
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#9
Good call. Sperzels seem to be the way to go. I've seen several complains on Schaller quality slipping.
#12
Update:

Just stringing up and fine tuning the nut slots, wanting on some top grade electronics from across the pint and a custom engraved truss rod cover.

Its looking like I'm gonna finish this by the end of the year.

I'll post some piccys for ya to gander at, at a later date.
#13
OK, so I didnt finish by the end of the year, but I have now completed the heart and soul of the guitar. Its all wired up,/strung up (-1 snapped string)/fired up and sounding oh sooo goood!

I still need to attach the custom Truss Rod Cover, but, as does the guitar, it features in the photos I will upload soon.

I will also attach a list of parts and other such info for your reading too.

This has turned into a building thread more than a machine head thread, but hey-ho; you few are the lucky ones that get to see my amazing guitar! haha.

(ps - on the photo front; i need an easy to use photo hosting site as attaching them does them no justice, any recommendations?)

Ciao,

Lanky
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