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    Default Tuning machine ID

    https://imgur.com/a/RhGbDnK

    Can anyone identify these tuning machines for me?

    Hope I did the link right! HAHA
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    Kirk

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    Default Re: Tuning machine ID

    Quote Originally Posted by kirkw101 View Post
    https://imgur.com/a/RhGbDnK

    Can anyone identify these tuning machines for me?

    Hope I did the link right! HAHA
    Thanks

    Kirk
    They are either Gotoh's or Saga copies of Gotoh. What mandolin is it on?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Tuning machine ID

    It’s from a small builder, not a Saga manufactured instrument.
    Thanks Mike, I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Tuning machine ID

    They look like genuine Gotoh to me.

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    I didn't know Gotohs were not Saga.

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    Saga imported and sold tuners that look exactly like Gotoh's but they don't fit Gotoh buttons and are not in my mind made as well. The plates are slightly wider and all of the screws are the same. The only way of telling what you have is by checking the size of the stem where the buttons attach. I learned this the hard way. These were also sold on Reverb as elsewhere by folks that said they thought they were Gotoh's. I only buy packaged Gotoh tuners now.

    Check out this thread.

    And an even better one here.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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