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Part descriptions for Gibson bass guitars

EB banjo tuners EB banjo tuners EB banjo tuners
EB banjo tuners Gibson part number MH-570-P (1965). Sealfast 12 to 1 ratio, as used on 1950s EB/EB1, and EB2 basses and the melody maker style slap body EB0

Kluson 538 mounted to a mid 1960s Gibson EB bass Kluson 538 footprint - from a 1965 Epiphone Newport bass Kluson 538 disassembled into component parts
Kluson 538 'elephant ear' tuners Gibson part number MH-538 (1965), 82536 (1971). The 1960s open gear Klusons were used on most EB0, EB2 and EB3 basses throughout the 1960s. Until 1965 they were plated in nickel, and chrome thereafter, as pictured, with a hole rather than a split post. This tuner had a 3/8" diameter post with a 7/16" hole, and unlike similar from the 1970s did not feature the word Gibson. A one disadvantege (from Gibsons point of view) of this tuner was its requirement for headstock routing. No longer used after 1969.

Kluson 546 Kluson 546 Kluson 546
Kluson 546 'large elephant ear' tuners Gibson part number MH-546 (1965). The 1960s large open gear Klusons were used on the Gibson Thunderbird.

Closed gear Japanese tuners Closed gear Japanese tuners Closed gear Japanese tuners
Closed gear Japanese tuners These machine heads were used primarily on Gibsons budget models, the Kalamazoo KB bass, and the Melody Maker bass. They did also find their way onto some EB0 models between late 1965 and 1969

Schaller M-4-C Schaller M-4-C Schaller M-4-C
Schaller M-4-C classic, for split headstock Gibson part number 14746 (bass side), 14747 (treble side), 82535 (set). This variant of the M4 has a uniformly cylindrical post with a hole, rather than a split post (see below). With 'Gibson' on the gear cover. 1970-1971

Schaller M-4 Schaller M-4 Schaller M-4
Schaller M-4 Gibson part number 14671 (bass side), 14672 (treble side), 82534 (set). The M4 has been very widely used, from around 1967 and throughout the 1970s, on the Les Paul bass and LP Triumph, SB series the reissued EB1 and occasionally EBO, EB2 and EB3 basses, (particularly around 1969). Usually with 'Gibson' or a 'G' on the gear cover. Towards the end of the 1970s they were used on some of Gibsons newer basses: the earliest RD basses in 1977, and on the Grabber and G3 basses from late 1978 until early 1980.

Schaller M-4-S Schaller M-4-S Schaller M-4-S
Schaller M-4-S Gibson part numbers 14575 (bass side), 14576 (treble side), 82510 (set). 1971-73. As used on EB-0, EB-3, EB-4L and SB series. There are no screws attaching this tuner to the headstock, it just screws into place - with two tabs that fit into depressions to prevent it from turning. Post diameter: 1/2"; hole diameter: 11/16"

1973/74 open gear tuner - mounted 1973/74 open gear tuner - unmounted, footprint 1973/74 open gear tuner - disassembled
1973/74 open gear tuning key This tuning key, looks rather like the Kluson 538, or Schaller BM, but is subtley different to both, and neither will work as a replacement. As they are not listed in any Gibson part list or similar literature they remain unidentified. As used on early Gibson Ripper, Grabber and 1973/74 EB0 basses. Possibly other models too. Post width 9/16" (cf Kluson 538 (3/8") and Schaller BM (14mm)). The post hole is 1/16" larger at 5/8". Note the indented footprint. 1973-74.

Schaller BM Schaller BM Schaller BM
Schaller BM The seventies (split-post) BM had a 14 mm post; wider than the 60s Kluson tuners and roughly the same as the 1973/74 open gear tuners. The post hole is 17mm. Schaller, being a European company, worked in the metric scale rather than the imperial, so measurements are quoted accordingly. Note also the word 'Gibson' on the base of easch tuner. As used on EB, Grabber, G-3, Ripper, Les Paul Signature, RD series. 1974-80

1980s Gotoh machine heads mounted to a Gibson Victory Standard bass - front headstock view 1980s Gotoh tuning keys on a Gibson Victory Standard bass - rear headstock view 1980s Gotoh machine heads disassembled components
Early eighties Gotoh tuners part number 14102. Gibson used these on the Victory Standard and Victory Artist basses from 1981, and occasionally the Victory Custom later in 1982. Initially Gibson literature suggested that these keys were for the Victory Standard only, with the Schaller keys (below) for the Artist. In practice the use of both types has been much more mixed. Post diameter 13mm, post hole 17mm.

Schaller Schaller Schaller
Early eighties Schaller tuners part number 14110. As used on the Victory Standard, Artist and Custom basses from 1982, though the Gotah keys above were still in use at the same time. Also the Gibson Explorer bass.


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There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Shaun Comment left 30th October 2012 15:03:48
Hi I have an early G1 Gibson grabber bass that has the elephant ear tuners. These tuners do not have Gibson stamped on them. When removed from the neck, the neck is routed so that the tuners fit into these two slotted holes. The bass is made in 1975 and I am told all original. Did these early grabber basses have two types of tuner fitted? Are these tuners the correct part? I can't tell from the information posted. If so can you please tell me the part number as I need to find one of the fixing screws that has been lost from the back of the gear wheel. Many thanks Shaun
fly guitars Comment left 31st October 2012 21:09:23
Hi Shaun, sounds like the 73/74 open gear tuning keys. So far I have been unable to find a reference to them in Gibson literature, so they remain unnamed. I have no part number. A hard tuner to find, and an odd size but widely used on the earliest Rippers, plus a few Grabbers and EB-Os. Maybe you'll need to find someone parting out one of those?

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