Hipshot Guitar Locking Tuners (3x3 Headstocks)
Are you spending half your time tuning and the other half playing out of tune? It could be your hardware. The Hipshot® Tuner Upgrade Kit for 3+3 headstocks is a risk-free way to increase your guitar’s stability and get back to playing (in tune)! Whether you would like the security of Grip-Lock™ tuning machines or the lightness of classic style, the UMP™ (Universal Mount Plate) makes installation a snap. No special tools are required and you can revert your guitar back to original with no evidence that you ever upgraded.
- Standard tuners retrofit guitars using 3 x 3 headstock holes, such as Gibson Les Paul & PRS guitars.
- All tuning machines are .827" [21mm] post length.
- Included UMP™ (Universal Mount Plate) for 3 x 3 headstocks fits guitars with 3 tuners on a side. No drilling or special tools required
- Enclosed tuners come with Hex buttons by default.
- Enclosed tuning machines are 15:1 ratio for quick tuning
- Grip-Lock™ option uses a pin and thumb wheel system to clamp onto your string, no wraps needed
- Classic option uses traditional, non-locking string post for weight savings on guitars with neck dive
- String post hole fits strings up to .060"
- Covered by USA and and foreign patents
- Made in Korea
1) How to select the right options?
Headstock Tuner Size: All guitars have either 8.5mm (vintage spec) or 10mm (modern spec) headstock tuner holes. Check the back of your headstock. If each of your current tuners is held by two screws (each adjacent tuner shares a screw), you'll need the 8.5mm. Otherwise, 10mm. There's a picture in the gallery that explains this.
Color: Scroll through the pictures to find your desired color. There is a picture of Chrome vs Nickel too, as we get a lot of enquiries on their differences. Nickel has a more industrial and rugged but still polished look while Chrome is shiny as can be. There's no right or wrong here, but you should probably get the color that matches the rest of your guitar's hardware.
2) Would I be able to replace them myself?
A solid yes if you have the right tools! Instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. Alternatively you can bring your guitar over to our shop for a quick installation (fees apply).
Note: If you have the 8.5mm tuners, it is likely that there's a bushing within the headstock hole that needs to be removed before installation. A luthier tool is recommended for its safe removal.
3) When should I change my tuners?
The most telltale sign is when your guitar slips out of tune too often. There are many possible causes for tuning instability but you'll be surprised that a good chunk of such cases are due to worn out tuners.
4) What is the difference between locking tuners and regular tuners?
Locking tuners have a mechanism that clamps the string tight. It also allows you to restring quicker as you won't have to wind as much as a regular tuner. Locking tuners are naturally an impressive upgrade from regular tuners. All Hipshot tuners in store are locking tuners.
5) I've installed the tuners on my guitar, but I didn't use the screw provided
Neither did we. The screw is not necessary in installation at all. It was included to give you an alternative option for installation in case that's what you preferred.