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    Tuners for '89 Silhouette...

    Hi. First post from a newbie to the forum. I've tried the search function and not found what I'm looking for - but, TBH, I'm nt very good with search facilities anyway...

    I've owned a 1989 Silhouette from new. It's still my main electric guitar. I bought it from Paula at Chandler Guitars in London in Jan 1990, about 8 weeks after the guitar was finished at the factory. It's a rosewood neck, sunburst SSS hardtail.

    The tuners have started to wear out - gears are slipping when I tune up. It stays in tune once I get the strings there. I'd just like to replace them, not upgrade to anything else. They're non-locking Schallers (made in West Germany, they're that old...). I'm having trouble identifying exactly which current Schaller model I should be ordering to change them over.

    If anyone can help, I'd be grateful. Thanks! Even if the help is explaining how I missed it when searching... :-)

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    Good day to you. If you havenít already, email Customer Support. They, as well as the members here, may offer some direction for you.
    2000 Silo Special hardtail
    2003 SOLOuette Special hardtail

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    Do you have any pictures of the tuners?
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck
    2021 Stingray RS Pacific Blue Sparkle / Maple FB

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    I'll take some and post here. That's what Customer Support asked for when I contacted them, too. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigDipper View Post
    I'll take some and post here. That's what Customer Support asked for when I contacted them, too. :-)
    Schaller still makes pretty much every tuner, the problem is FINDING someone who sells the version you need. They have M6 tuners with screws at 90, 135, and 180 degrees from the knobs, locking and non locking.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck
    2021 Stingray RS Pacific Blue Sparkle / Maple FB

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    Here are the photos I sent to Customer Support - who did reply and suggested they were Schaller M6LA. I'd actually forgotten that, because the conversation was approx 3 years ago (and I got distracted from following it up then and just limped along - which I really don't want to do any more).
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    Wow that's an awesome looking neck!!!

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in the first Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [2001 NAMM piece, 1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [NOS Just pure awesomeness]
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigDipper View Post
    Here are the photos I sent to Customer Support - who did reply and suggested they were Schaller M6LA. I'd actually forgotten that, because the conversation was approx 3 years ago (and I got distracted from following it up then and just limped along - which I really don't want to do any more).
    Yeah, Schaller M6 "180" tuners with the "small" buttons. Looks like Chrome plate finish. Should not be hard to find... except that you're gonna find mostly 3+3 sets.

    Schaller does sell individual tuners, and they do actually make a locking version of this tuner with the 180 degree screw hole. The problem is finding a dealer that sells them.

    FYI, the current tuners that EBMM uses on most guitars are the M-6 135 degree Schaller Locking Tuners, and they have been using those for years.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck
    2021 Stingray RS Pacific Blue Sparkle / Maple FB

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    How about some pictures of the entire neck? Looks gorgeous!
    2007 20th Anniversary Silo (Pics) (20thSOC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Yeah, Schaller M6 "180" tuners with the "small" buttons. Looks like Chrome plate finish. Should not be hard to find... except that you're gonna find mostly 3+3 sets.

    Schaller does sell individual tuners, and they do actually make a locking version of this tuner with the 180 degree screw hole. The problem is finding a dealer that sells them.

    FYI, the current tuners that EBMM uses on most guitars are the M-6 135 degree Schaller Locking Tuners, and they have been using those for years.
    Thanks. I'll possibly need to take one off and measure it before ordering - I'll go direct to Schaller, I guess, unless I find someone in the UK who can supply them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantrarock View Post
    How about some pictures of the entire neck? Looks gorgeous!
    I'll put some pix up over the weekend. I know the figuring on the maple neck is pretty, but I sort of lose sight of that most of the time. It's just my guitar, you know? The body has a translucent finish which shows off the woodgrain. I'm not sure if it was actually bookmatched when they made it, but it's very close. I did call it "sunburst" at the top of this post, but I vaguely remember being called "honeyburst" somewhere, which is probably more accurate.

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