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Washburn Basses => Taurus Basses => Topic started by: Reverendjim on January 22, 2010, 06:36:05 PM

Title: Need replacement machine heads
Post by: Reverendjim on January 22, 2010, 06:36:05 PM
I am desperately seeking a set of Grover tuners for my son's T25. The guy I got the bass from was someone who should have never been allowed to work on this guitar. Somehow he managed to break 2 of the 5 tuners and the B string isn't installed right and sticks out from the bridge about 1 1/2 inches.

I tried All Parts, Stew Mac...all of the outlets and nobody carries these in sets of 5. Can anyone give me some direction on how to get these tuners?
Title: Need replacement machine heads
Post by: auke on January 23, 2010, 04:19:36 AM
Hi there, desperate reverend,

You're so right: four-string basses are pretty hard to find these days, but the industry still only makes sets of four. Image how long it's gonna take before they will make sets of 7 tuners for guitars?
You may find the stuff you're looking for at Darren Riley's site. But one tuning machine extra will cost you! My idea would be: simply buy two sets of an less famous brand for some 60 dollars (does it really have to be Grover?). They probably won't last a lifetime, but then you'll have three spares that match perfectly, won't you?
Title: Need replacement machine heads
Post by: Reverendjim on January 24, 2010, 03:25:51 AM
I think I may have solved the problem. Found what look to be Grovers and a set of Wilkinsons that may fit. Just waiting to hear back. Thanks for the response.
Title: Need replacement machine heads
Post by: dartony3 on July 16, 2010, 05:14:01 PM
Hi everyone,

I don't post hear often but after reading about your problem with the tuners I thought 'd add something. I have a limited production T35. It's basically a T25 with Seymour Duncan Basslines P/U and Gotoh tuners. I had the B string tuner break at the gear attachment inside the body of the tuner. I thought it odd at first then remebered my 2 year old knocking the T35 off the stand. I think that was the start of the failure. However, My tuners are supposed to be Gotoh's the guy I bought them from obviously replaced them with a knock off. So my question to you are your tuners supposed to be Grovers or Gotoh's?

I'm having a hard time trying to identify the tuner model so that I can replace the whole set with what should be the original kind. Washburn's customer service is terrible. I have asked them information about the model of the tuners all they did was send me to Allparts or StewMac. Then I sent them a picture of the broken tuner so that they could identify it. I got no response. You'd think they could email a PDF or something with the technical data for the guitars they have made. Guess not!!

I love the bass but because of the ineffective customer service I'll never own another.
Title: Need replacement machine heads
Post by: Hörnisse on July 19, 2010, 07:35:25 AM
I would think that the generic Gotoh type of tuner should work with these basses with no mods.  Wilkinson also makes a nice looking replacement that should be a direct fit, although some of their models have open gears.