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Jun 21, 2024 - 1:11:25 PM
11 posts since 4/9/2024

What’s the best replacement for the old 50’s Kluson box “firebird” tuners? I’m guessing a set of Rickard Cyclones? The 5th string peg has already been swapped for a geared peg. They would be going onto a 56 RB-250. Thanks!

Jun 21, 2024 - 3:32:09 PM
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5855 posts since 5/29/2011

The Rickards tuners are the closest to Klusons in gear ratio. Rickards are 10 to 1, and Klusons are 14 to 1.
To me a Bow Tie Gibson just doesn't look right with anything but Klusons but a lot of people don't want the weight and aggravation. If I wanted to change to a different set of tuners I would use Gotohs. They are smooth, accurate, and less expensive than most other brands. I have used several sets of them and had no problems.
Kluson also makes the Bow Tie style tuners again if you want to keep the design true to the original.

Jun 21, 2024 - 4:45:16 PM
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15440 posts since 6/2/2008

You could search for a set of 1970s-80s Schaller-made "Gibson"-stamped eccentric planetary tuners. They have two-band housings and large pearloid buttons -- larger and more rounded than the standard Schaller pearloid buttons, either with big or little tension screws.

I believe the Gibson tuners were made by Schaller because they have square shafts.

But Gotoh is a fine tuner.

Jun 23, 2024 - 9:38:03 AM
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13170 posts since 10/27/2006

Repros of the Gibson Firebird tuners exist. Allparts now owns the Kluson trademarks.

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