The ultimate vintage spec upgrade for Gibson Les Paul, ES335, ES175 etc.
Quite simply, the most accurate reproductions available of the classic 1950’s shrunken tipped Kluson tuner. Nothing else comes close.
Each set individually hand crafted and aged in our workshop.
Kluson tuners of the 1950’s were notorious for their shrunken tips. Many disintegrated entirely, others shrunk to the size of the infamous “mummy toes”. Our tuner tips replicate these shrunken tipped Klusons exactly. Through painstakingly accurate details like shrunken original mould markings and accurate colour matched marbling.
Just like the originals, every set is slightly different producing an exquisite tuner fit for any reissue, R8, R9, Classic etc.
Many of our tuner sets are now finding their way on to original vintage instruments. Old, fragile tuners are being safely packed away for safe keeping and replaced with our sturdy, stable, look-alike 15:1 geared shrunken tipped replicas.
The base tuners used for our shrunken sets are the highly regarded Gotoh manufactured Klusons. Featuring vintage accurate 1/4″ diameter string post with flat tops, vintage accurate 9/64” diameter button shaft and Kluson Deluxe stamped on the back in a single line. The Gotoh made Klusons are as close as you can get to the spec of an original 50’s Kluson.
In response to a request from our good friend Tom Core we made a lighter shrunken tuner with the aim of replicating some of the tuners seen in the legendary book “Beauty of the Burst”. Specifically, Tom noted the lighter tuners on the guitar of Burst # 9 1854, on page 89. and also the guitars of pages 143 and page 23 (hence the name we’ve chosen)
Our original shrunken tuners were made to match the darker amber style of our original reference tuners we have here in the workshop which are also similar to the colour found on many of the BOTB guitars, notably pages 106, 120 and 138
Direct replacement for vintage 1950’s & 1960’s Kluson Deluxe and modern Gibson Historic tuners.
All sets are supplied with aged press fit bushings, aged screws and a matched replacement tip.
Now available, 1960-63 double ring-double line Shrunk Klusons. Available in our lighter Page23 colour