Some of our customers asked how should they choose the right tuning machines for their guitar. If you've decided to replace your tuning machines, here's a quick guide to choosing the right ones:

Compatibility

Make sure the new tuners are compatible with your guitar's headstock. Tuning machines come in different sizes and styles (e.g., sealed, open-gear), so ensure they'll fit the existing holes and screw placements. And their orientation can fit your guitar headstock.

Gear Ratio

The gear ratio determines how much the string tension changes with each turn. Higher gear ratios (e.g., 18:1) offer finer tuning adjustments, which can be beneficial for precise tuning. However, lower gear ratios (e.g., 14:1) might be easier to turn quickly for initial tuning.

Material

Tuning machines are typically made from metal (brass, steel) or plastic. Metal tuners offer better durability and stability, while plastic tuners are lighter and often more affordable.

Weight

Heavier tuning machines can improve the overall balance of your guitar, especially on instruments with a neck-heavy design.

Aesthetics

Tuning machines come in various finishes (chrome, gold, black) to match your guitar's style. While not the most crucial factor, it can be a nice finishing touch.