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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Built-in, fold-up string winders?

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 26th, 2019 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd never seen these before. I guess Gibson used them briefly during the 1980s. I didn't buy any Gibson guitars between about 1973 and 1990 which is, I guess, why I missed them.

The oddball lil' critter, hisself:

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 26th, 2019 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

My guess would be that they didn't hold up well and disappeared from production for that reason.

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May 26th, 2019 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've only seen them on a handful of guitars but I don't think I've ever seen a broken one or an obviously replaced one.

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May 26th, 2019 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Feature creep.


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May 26th, 2019 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Kinda clever, but I bet production costs would be significantly more than standard tuners.

That would be my first guess why they were discontinued.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 07:32 AM, May 27th, 2019)

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May 27th, 2019 05:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Probably more costly and significant heavier too. Not something Id like on a LP.

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May 27th, 2019 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back in ‘82 or so I purchased a new B.B. King Lucille that had those tuning pegs with the built in string winders. They actually worked pretty slick and were not noticeable when folded in. If I recall correctly they were pretty robust and would require some serious misuse to fail.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 27th, 2019 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, these were not common; mostly used on 'premium' guitars in the line.

I was never a fan of them because the little handle in one (or more) of the tuner buttons would sometimes develop a very slight rattle. Even though the rattle would not come through the amp, it could be felt in the neck and heard when playing quietly. Bugged the bejeebuz out of me.

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May 27th, 2019 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never let the bejeebuz out.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 27th, 2019 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or the magic electrical smoke.

I learned that in Electoral College.

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May 28th, 2019 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was a kid I attended erectorial college.

Contrary to popular belief, it was not in Japan.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 09:50 AM, May 28th, 2019)

Te 52

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May 28th, 2019 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

They must not have taught that at Altered State.

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May 28th, 2019 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Available

Pricey little buggers

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May 28th, 2019 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gibson is providing a new band name with their product designation on these tuners...

"Crank Machine Heads"

Of course once you go public with the name, you'll probably get sued.

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GospelBilly!
May 30th, 2019 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've never used a string winder in my entire time playing the guitar, even though I've owned some. I'm not sure why either. (:oD

Most of my gigging and studio guitars have locking tunes which makes a string winder unnecessary.

Te 52

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May 30th, 2019 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Who needs a built-in string winder when you've got one of...

...these?

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May 30th, 2019 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

... and it doubles as a knob lathe.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
May 30th, 2019 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Using that on a Gibby voids the headstock breakage warranty...


;-P

firebird6024

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Jun 4th, 2019 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I remember when these came out - My though was that's a $20.00 solution to a $2.00 problem.

Heck I still have a string winder I bought in Germany in 1978 and I still use it


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