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Upgrade Tuners for AW54CE
sdgrfan1
#1 Posted : 5/11/2017 3:47:48 AM
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I recently purchased an AW54CE for my "campfire" guitar. It is, IMO, a wonderful guitar for the money. It looks and sounds great. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, especially considering how affordable this guitar is for a solid, mahogany top.

However, though I love the guitar, the tuning machines are, even after optimum adjustment, not as smooth and tight as I would like. Too much play in them that can't be adjusted out.

Can anyone recommend a good set of 3X3 tuning machines that I can purchase to upgrade my AW54CE a bit? I realize that Ibanez wants to sell Ibanez, but I'm more interested in something like Grovers or Gotoh. And it would be good if they fairly easily dropped in.

Any recommendations?

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#2 Posted : 5/11/2017 2:08:57 PM
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I believe the tuners have an offset screw placement. So most Grovers would require a new hole be drilled at the bottom of the tuner for the different set screw placment.

Otherwise, most Gotoh brand tuners use the exact same screw placement and should be a drop in replacement. The main post diameter of Gotoh and Grover should be the same as the stock tuners, so the only thing you'll have to worry about is the set screw placement on the back.

I personally like Grovers, but like I said, they mostly have a center placed set screw. This set is an exception that would be a drop in with smaller sized tuner buttons:
https://www.allparts.com...-Rotomatics_p_4015.html

As for Gotoh, these would be closest to the original style:
https://www.allparts.com...rge-Buttons_p_3754.html

Also, Gotoh's 510 series is one of the more popular upgrades:
https://www.allparts.com...Chrome-Keys_p_4077.html

Hope this helps!
-Bill
sdgrfan1
#3 Posted : 5/13/2017 2:14:36 PM
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Thanks, Bill!

I'll look into these further.

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