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Hi all

Really want to upgrade the machine heads on my Squier Jaguar, the stock ones to be honest are crap, to much play in the tuners , a very slight adjustment can be the difference between slightly flat and way sharp, I know of the Wilkinson tuners but at only  a 20:1 gear ratio it seems that I might just be throwing money away getting those, any decent ones out there that are not too pricey? thanks

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On 24/05/2020 at 19:37, shoulderpet said:

I’ve just had a set of these from northwest guitars,really good quality well made kit for the price.I bought a set of wilkinson’s 1st which were about half a mill too wide to fit on my neck,much better build than the wilkinson’s,wish i bought the above tuners first 👍

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5 minutes ago, fester said:

I’ve just had a set of these from northwest guitars,really good quality well made kit for the price.I bought a set of wilkinson’s 1st which were about half a mill too wide to fit on my neck,much better build than the wilkinson’s,wish i bought the above tuners first 👍

Awesome, thanks,  that is good to know especially as they are much less expensive than Schaller, Gotoh etc, which im sure are all good but I do think the Schaller, Gotoh etc are way overpriced, I will be picking up a set of these 

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Personally, I'd always go Wilkinson, and never ever had a fitting problem, on any Fender/Fender-alike bass. Other than that, I go upwards to Hipshot. But if these work, then they work. I have used similar when cash was tight, and they certainly didn't give any problems.

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On 30/05/2020 at 19:46, fester said:

I’ve just had a set of these from northwest guitars,really good quality well made kit for the price.I bought a set of wilkinson’s 1st which were about half a mill too wide to fit on my neck,much better build than the wilkinson’s,wish i bought the above tuners first 👍

Would you say these are an upgrade from the stock machine heads on Fender type basses? this is too upgrade a Squier and I want to make sure that I am makign an upgrade rather than just changing the machine heads, thanks

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On 03/06/2020 at 00:32, shoulderpet said:

Would you say these are an upgrade from the stock machine heads on Fender type basses? this is too upgrade a Squier and I want to make sure that I am makign an upgrade rather than just changing the machine heads, thanks

I’ve not fitted them yet,they are going on a51pbass i am building at the moment but they look as sturdy as my fender usa basses

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