I'm sure I just answered my own question about tuners, but I am going to ask anyway. I have yet to build my 1st CBG, and I am getting my supplies together. I have been wondering if the economy tuners from CB Gitty will work for me. I am a guitar player and know first hand what its like to play with tuners that fall out of tune. I could step up to Hipshot tuners but by the time I do this, I will have more wrapped up in tuner costs that the guitar itself. So, what kind of experiences have you all had with these tuners and would you be able to recommend them or a better option. Thanx to you all.
Thank you Jerry, good information, I will keep this in mind. happy leveling and G Day !
Hey Wizzo, I do not make guitars for sale. I do however make soap cutters. The wires are tightened using guitar tuners. Imagine if you will a giant egg slicer, my latest one went to South Africa. I buy my tuners in bulk from China. Anyway, if you want to improve the quality of your inexpensive tuners you remove the gear and repress it onto the shaft. You can find a tutorial for this on page 47 (I think) of the Ray Jacobs free downloadable book " making a Ray Jacobs Rocky Mountain dulcimer" . This is printed by handprint press.com. You can easily find it by searching "make a ray Jacobs Rocky Mountain dulcimer" it will be the first one at the top of the page. Yes it is a good read. Hope this helps! Would love to see you first build!!!
Page 42 and here's a link to the download if anyone's interested.
Thank you Richard I just downloaded it and will read. Thanx.
Thank you rose, I will check this book out for sure.Thank you for the direction. Tim
I've had no problems with the CB Gitty tuners, but I have noticed a lot of variation in how 'tight' they feel. Understand one thing - all these tuners are WORM GEAR DRIVEN MECHANISMS. They cannot slip. They simply cannot slip. If one of these goes out of tune it is not the fault of the tuner, it is either faulty stringing (too few wraps), poor string anchor at the tail stock, something yielding (top, bridge, neck), or you haven't played the instrument in a long time!
The difference in price gives you a difference in feel and precision. Some of the cheap CM Gitty tuners feel as nice as Grovers, but that's dumb luck. Both will let you tune the instrument on pitch without difficulty, so you decide how much money you want to spend.
Thank you Mark Bowen for giving some input. I have decided the economy tuners will be my start and now I am deciding on the standard economy vs the shane speal versions. Thank you again. Tim