Open or closed tuners

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Bertotti, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I am a huge fan of open geared tuners. I do have closed tuners on some of my guitars but wish they were all open geared tuners. I do not change them because I see no current functional reason to do so and it costs money I would rather spend on more gear or bills not necessarily in that order. But I am now wondering why we even have closed back tuners. Was there some functional reason they were made originally? Or was it just for the looks? I know a lot of people like closed over open for the looks alone.

    Functionally I like the opens because I can clean and lube them easily and looks, I just like seeing the gears! I would love to have a mini-mill so I could make my own. Something you could easily swap piece into and out of for different ratios, designs, shaft length, the works but I dream now.
  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I like the look of open back tuners but generally find life too short to clean crud from the cogs.
  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    I installed a pair of Sta-Tite Grovers on my G400 to be more "vintage period correct", if I can say so...


    Otherwise, I systematically opt for sealed-lubricated gear tuners : Gotoh, Grover, Kluson.

    But it's me, OK ? :D

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