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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / I like big robotuners and I cannot lie, with apologies to Sir Tunesalot

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Dec 7th, 2017 05:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

So after being in love with the robotuners on my '16 Les Paul Studio High Performance, and loving it enough tuners and all to buy its brother before Gibson stupidly discontinued the wide fretboard/neck access/additional glory that made it an actual thing I wanted to never be without....

...I realized that my 339 was lonely, as the only Gibson in the house without a set.

The problem is that the things NEVER go on sale, and I'm hesitant to say the least to buy used ones (except maybe as backup parts for the future).

Enter Cyber-Monday, and being able to get the thing for a ways south of $200 even in the black finish to match the Grovers that were already on it, as well as the rest of the black hardware.

Tronical is not an ecommerce company, to be blunt - they're slow to notify on an order, takes a few days to get out the door, but they do cover shipping and customs from Germany. For some strange reason, they even overnighted it...from Europe. Shipping weight on the package was 3.7kg (size, not weight, although it was not a light package with all the ridiculous jewelry box for the tuners etc)...

German outbound customs messed it up, so it sat in Memphis for a couple days before I called in. To their credit, FedEx had it cleared and out of there that night, and in my hands the very next morning - even though it didn't clear until 2 am.

Installation was as easy as claimed on the site - take off the old tuners, attach the baseplate/electronics module by way of threading a tuner and the nut, and repeat six times. No new screw holes on the body (or any at all).

Setup was flawless, and as easy as changing strings on my other two.

The only difference between the Gforce on the Les Pauls I have (which appears to be an specialty oddity on the newer HPs) is that the OEM (and most of the Gibson ones) has lock nuts for each string. No real difference, other than the need to tighten 'em down but it made string changes a hair faster.

I'm a happy camper, since now I can be lazy with THREE guitars.

On the midnight blue '339, the money...shot?

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Dec 7th, 2017 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I see robo tuners on the second hand market here all the time as most folks remove them, was it not worth looking used ? And by used I mean just removed and practically new.

I traded mine for a angry troll pedal not so long ago.

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Dec 7th, 2017 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

If some idiot used a string winder, the tuner is toast, etc.



reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Dec 7th, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also, I wanted the black set, which don't come stock on any of them. My 339 has all black other hardware, and well, it's one of the few instruments I have that I actually like the color scheme on.

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Dec 12th, 2017 02:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

ohh i see.. its just I see so many for sale was wondering why it was a special order

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Dec 12th, 2017 04:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

They're all takeoffs on the used market. I have no idea if they were cared for properly/abused/etc. Doesn't seem prudent to buy one and not save money in the event it needs a part or doesn't fly right.

And basically, used electronic specialty item.

The retailers don't carry them new, and rather than dealing with dodgy eBay stuff, I'd rather just deal straight with the source.

It's the same reason I buy new in package Roland guitar synth stuff - sure, you can get the takeoff/standalone/whoknows what it's seen model, but the savings is less than 50% with a ton more issue.


walshb
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Dec 12th, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty cool! Thinking about putting some on my Epi so I can instantly turn it into a slide guitar....

reverendrob
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We all want

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Dec 13th, 2017 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only caveat on that is you have to live with one action height at that point. If you can play slide on a regular guitar setup (and most can), you'll be fine!

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