Updating an old guitar



B. J. Combs

Updating an old guitar

This may sound dumb, but I have an old Gibson Southern Jumbo almost 50 years old. It still has the original tuning pegs on it which are very hard to turn. I've been thinking about replacing them with a set of Grover tuning pegs. But I am worried about it affecting the value of the guitar. Also I am not sure exactly what tuning pegs (ratio wise) would be good if I decide to change them out. Does anyone out there have any thoughts about this? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!


Posted 6 months ago by B. J. Combs - 5 replies

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brent crozier

Hey BJ,

I have a 40 year old SJ. Great guitar made even better when I replaced the Klue-Less tuners with Grovers 20 years ago. I put the silver plated klu's on my 69 ES330. And put the Plastic tuners from that on an ancient Silvertone acoustic.
Anyway, The purist collectors may balk at the non-original tuners but you will appreciate the improvement in tuning


Reply posted 2 weeks ago by brent crozier


brent crozier

Hey BJ,

I have a 40 year old SJ. Great guitar made even better when I replaced the Klue-Less tuners with Grovers 20 years ago. I put the silver plated klu's on my 69 ES330. And put the Plastic tuners from that on an ancient Silvertone acoustic.
Anyway, The purist collectors may balk at the non-original tuners but you will appreciate the improvement in tuning


Reply posted 2 weeks ago by brent crozier


I agree but only after checking to see if the machines just need to be cleaned and oiled.


Reply posted 4 months ago by JERRY STREFF


Alan Jones

I agree with Mike....Grover 14/1 vintage pegs should fit the original pegholes


Reply posted 5 months ago by Alan Jones



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