I'm trying to figure out which tuners I'll offer on my guitars. I was born & raised a "Grover" man... but it looks like GJ rigs don't favor Grovers so I'm doing some research.
Truthfully... my reaction to the GJ tuner prices is somewhere between shock and (laughing myself silly) and I'm trying to find out whether this particular look of tuners is important to people purchasing guitars in the $2,600 - $4,500 price range.
Below is a picture of the several types of tuners I'm considering. Below the picture is a name/price decoder key. I'm going to try to remain open minded because after all - it's the customer's opinion that counts. But here is my take on this. I have Gotoh's on my Dell Arte and I like them except the knobs come loose and need to be tightened... it's a PITA. I have Schallers on my Park and LOVE them. I have Grovers on my guitar and I like them. I have Millers (one of the highend SB reproductions) on my Busato and I like them a lot - I have also tried SBs / DRs / DMs they look cool and they stay in tune and feel good - but they don't have that silky but solid feel that you get from a true premium handmade tuner. (my humble opinion - your mileage may vary)
When I see that I could get top of the line Waverly tuners or even have tuners made from scratch by Gilbert tuners (or Rogers or other highend hand made tuners) for anywhere from $50 to $100 less than the SB re-issues... I'm just not sure how to interpret that. Seriously - the prices charged for these reproduction tuners is more than the cost of the soundboard! More than the back & sides!! (Holy Cow)
So - please help me understand. Do you folks actually value these tuners that much? Are you willing to pay that kind of premium? If you played two really amazing handmade instruments with great playability and huge voices and you couldn't tell them apart blindfolded ... but one was $2,650 with Schallers and one was $2,900 with DRs... which would you get?
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