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Where Purchased: Thomann - German online shop
Before I bought them I was aware that they are inferior quality than the original Keith tuners, but being half the price and not really sure if I would like them or not or if they would be useful for me, I decided to try with the cheapo ones first and then upgrade if necessary when I finally get my longed-for Deering Sierra (sometime during the next decade or century).
I installed them a week or so ago - that was fairly easy -, but they didn't come with instructions about how to set them up, and that's a major handicap. Looked for them on the manufacturer's website, but either they don't have them or I wasn't smart enough to find them. Luckily, I finally found a pdf in the forums with the instructions on how to set up the Keith tuners, what the thumb screws did, and how to use them to lock the strings. I wrote a somewhat angry review on the seller's website stating that their product came without setting up instructions and that it was a bit of a nerve to suppose that the user of this product had to use the instructions of the other manufacturer whose product they're knocking off.
All in all, these tuners look good and sturdy, they work really smoothly and are more precise than the tuners I had previously. I think I'll replace the two remaining of the original tuners first chance I get, probably Schallers too.
To summarize, they work quite well so far, and they do what they are supposed to do. The only funny thing is that when you change the tuning from G to D by tuning the B string to A and the G string to F# the head tension decreases, and as a result the remaining strings get a bit out of tune. After years of using electric guitars with tremolo systems, I was kind of expecting this, but, you know, it's very annoying.
Overall Rating: 7
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