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Broken Tuning Machine

Discussion in 'Bass Hardware, Setup & Repair' started by BopCat, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. BopCat

    BopCat

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    Hey,

    I bought a used Streamer Jazzman 5 strings, made in 2002. I cleaned it and set it up and all was fine except the D string tuner (original from the factory), which was very hard to turn, even after cleaning and oiling it. A few weeks later, the shaft suddenly snapped while I was tuning the D string. Is this common ? I've never had this happen to any of my basses or guitar before. Here is a pic :

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZQPgBEEyBE6NJipSA
     
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    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Sadly this is common to Warwick tuners. You can just replace that one or swap them all for something better like Hipshot or Gotoh.
     
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    This is common, happened me twice with my sold Corvette $$ from 2008 before I swapped them all.
     
  4. BopCat

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    Thanks for the replies. The fact that it's a common issue is very surprising considering, the high quality (and price !) of Warwick basses. Even mid range Cort basses are equipped with Hipshot tuners ! Why didn't they fix this problem (the way they did for the just a nut II for example) ? I already replaced the tuner with a Warwick one, if I knew beforehand that it was common for them to break I would have gotten a set of better ones. The G string tuner is also getting stiff...
     
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    Stainless Guard of the Fortress

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    They changed it for the Customshop basses now. They are all equipped with Schallers again.
     
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    and another broken tuner :-(
    I just finished cleaning / waxing my new Infinity 5 SN 2002 and upon restringing, the tuning peg for the A string (i.e. left side) broke. I have attached a picture, and just for fun added another picture of a freshly waxed Zebrano Infinity.
    Guess I will get a replacement Warwick tuner, despite the mediocre quality.
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  7. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    nice

    replace them all
    the recent ones are better quality
     
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    Bademeister Supporting Member

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    Thanks Sascha, I have ordered a complete set of Schaller M4 90 tuners
     
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    here they are

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    Well, this was easier than I thought: the new Schaller M4 90 tuners fit perfectly and work really smooth. They also look nice, although I could live without the prominent "Made in Germany", but anyways: the Infinity is happy :)

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    Stainless Guard of the Fortress

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    The made in Germany lettering was a little bit smaller in older times, i think that this was nicer :)
     
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    Have to change the tuners on my FL Corvette, not broken but they come out - japanese Kluson/Göldo should be fine?? 20210406_160447.jpg 20210406_160437.jpg
     
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    Aside from the newer Schallers which I definitely want to get at some point... I can vouch for the Gotoh GB707. Japanese made, great quality, very solid. I have em’ on all mine except the JD, which of course has the original Schallers.
     
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