#1
I've not long had a Fender Baja tele and while I love the guitar, I absolutely cannot stand the split polls. I've tried searching online but the only place I can find that do normal poll pieces are Gotoh ones, but only locking tuners and are way too expensive for me, or Wilkinson. I was wondering if either anybody knows weather these Wilkinson tuners hold pretty well, or if there are any others that will work better. Otherwise I will most likely sell the guitar as I've tried everything and only been able to restring it twice compared to the 5 sets I've lost.

Here is a link to the Wilkinson tuners
http://www.axesrus.co.uk/Wilkinson-Deluxe-Machine-Heads-p/wj55.htm
#2
I have the same style tuners on my Tele and I just cut the strings to length and hold them in place temporarily with a toothpick while I turn the peg to wrap the string. Looks a little silly when you're changing strings but it holds tune perfectly fine and I like how clean the string ends are with those tuners.
#3
I don't see why you are having issues finding non-locking tunes with holes instead of split pegs, there are tons of them on the market, unless it is because you are in the UK.

Wilkinson is a reputable company you should have no issues with their tuners.
"A well-wound coil is a well-wound coil regardless if it's wound with professional equipment, or if somebody's great-grandmother winds it to an old French recipe with Napoleon's modified coffee grinder and chops off the wire after a mile with an antique guillotine!"
- Bill Lawrence

Come and be with me
Live my twisted dream
Pro devoted pledge
Time for primal concrete sledge

#4
Your problem isn't the tuners, it's not knowing how to go about restringing them

Check this post. The two things I'd add to it are 1) I generally allow another inch, maybe two, beyond what that guy recommends for the high E in particular, maybe also for the B and 2) I keep downward pressure on the string at the kink with a thumbnail while winding, and on the string between the peg and the nut with a free finger. Probably the solution above with the toothpick will work also.

I own two guitars with these things, and have owned another in the past, have done this plenty of times and never lose strings for it - and I'm neither particularly smart nor particularly dexterous nor particularly experienced with guitar things. When I've had issues in the past it's always been from not allowing the high E enough length. If anything, I would say split-shafts make it easier to get more consistent stringing.

If you must replace them, Wilkinson should be fine - even crap tuners can hold a string fine under tension and Wilkinson are a good brand. Just be careful about post diameter, as vintage-style ones tend to have a different size to most other ones out there.
Quote by H4T3BR33D3R
Youre officially uber shit now.

Quote by StewieSwan
3d9310rd is far more upset than i 

Quote by Bladez22
I'm a moron tho apparently and everyone should listen to you oh wise pretentious one
Last edited by K33nbl4d3 at Mar 2, 2017,
#5
I do practically the same as you do, yeah, just replacing the thumbnail with a toothpick because I can have my hands free that way. I only use it for the higher strings too, the lower strings stay in just fine for me.

It's a bit weird the first time around, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy and it's a nice look in my opinion.

I'd also say that if you really must change the tuners, go for locking tuners. You'll thank yourself for doing so, they're awesome.