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I frequently have the opportunity to acquire sets of vintage guitar and mandolin tuners. There are slot head tuners and solid head, 1920s- 1970s. All of the sets in this list are fully functional, any shortcomings of individual sets are described fully. The sets do not contain bushings unless specified. Contact me for pictures of sets that might interest you, but please be sure to reference the set number when emailing an inquiry..

  Set 91: Late 1960s/early 70s Grover G-98 ‘stay tite' tuners, in the late 60s the Stay tite lost it's familiar scalloped button shape in favor of these square buttons, chrome finish, these were found on most 00-18 Martins from '68 or '69 through the early 70s, bushings included.
Set 103: 1930s Waverly strip tuners as found on many National resonators and other guitars from the period. 3 on a plate for slot head, squared plate end, brass gears and barrels with nickel plate, the buttons are off-white which have darkened to a deep amber color, plates are marked “Waverly Musical Products Co. Inc. New York ”. The plates are in good condition with slight discoloration and surface staining, buttons are all in good shape and all the gears turn freely and smoothly. One shaft was slightly bent but has been straightened.
Set 119:  1930s Waverly strip tuners for slot head guitar.  This set was once nickel plated but all of the plating has worn off.  The planks are marked “Waverly Musical Instrument Products Inc”.  Gears and barrels are brass, the original buttons are black.  Though the plating is worn off the buttons are in excellent shape and all the tuners turn freely with no binding or tight spots.
Set 121:  1930s Kluson 3 on a plate open back tuners for slot head as found on some National and other quality slot head guitars of the pre-war years.  The plates are marked “Kluson Mfg Chicago Ill.”  Nickel plate, brass barrels and gears and off-white buttons.  This set has some plate corrosion but the tuners turn freely with no binding or tight spots.  Fair cosmetically, excellent functionally.  12:1 turning ratio.
Set 127:  Late 60s/early 70s Grover G-98 “Stay-tite” tuners in nickel finish.  These tuners were found most commonly on 00 and 000-18 style Martins from about the middle of 1968 through the early 70s.  These tuners have a ratio of 12:1 and all turn smoothly with no binding or tight spots.  They are in excellent cosmetic and functioning condition.
Set #165: 1950s/60s Grover G-98 “stay-tite” open back individual tuners. These were found on many 0, 00 and 000 14 fret Martins during the late 50s and through the 60s. 12:1 turning ratio and 7/32” shaft diameter. This set is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally, all the tuners turn freely without binding or tight spots. Hex bushings and original mounting screws included.
Set #168: 1950s/60s Grover G-98 “stay-tite” open back individual tuners. These were found on many 0, 00 and 000 14 fret Martins during the late 50s and through the 60s. 12:1 turning ratio and 7/32” shaft diameter. This set is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally, all the tuners turn freely without binding or tight spots. Hex bushings and original mounting screws included.
Set #170: This is a set of late 19th or early 20th century strip tuners in brass with exquisite floral engraving and solid bone buttons. These might have been made by Waverly but I can’t for certain. They have the reverse gear orientation that is common to strip tuners prior to about 1928. These were reported to have come off of an 1890s Martin but I cannot confirm this for sure. However, I have seen tuners of this exact type and engraving pattern on several late 19th and early 20th century Martins. These are in excellent functional and cosmetic shape. Super rare.
Set #173: Nickel plate strip tuners (probably Waverly) for solid headstock (if you need these for slot head please inquire, I probably have slot head barrels I could swap out to make these good for slot head). This is a very rare ornately engraved set, floral engraving with fronds and leaves and a decorative border, very high style. Very similar tuners were used on the Gibson style 0 “Artist” model guitar and some Gibson harp guitars (as solid head tuners) and on Martin pearl trimmed guitars (as slot head tuners) during the 20s. these are “reverse gear” orientation so they are likely pre-1927. Superb condition cosmetically and functionally, they almost look new-old-stock, unused. All original parts including buttons. Super rare.
Set #180: 1950s/60s Grover G-98 "stay-tite" individual tuners as were found on many smaller body Martin guitars of the period (particulary the 00 and 000-18 models).  This set is clean with no corrosion or plating loss, all original parts.  Functionally very good, bushings and screws included.
Set #182: 1950s/60s Grover G-98 "stay-tite" individual tuners as were found on many smaller body Martin guitars of the period (particulary the 00 and 000-18 models).  This set is clean with no corrosion or plating loss, all original parts.  Functionally very good, bushings and screws included.
Set #184:   1950s/60s Grover G-98 "stay-tite" individual tuners as were found on many smaller body Martin guitars of the period (particulary the 00 and 000-18 models).  This set is clean with no corrosion or plating loss, all original parts.  Functionally very good, bushings and screws included.
#224:  Late 40s/early 50s Kluson Deluxe “single line” strip tuners as found on many Gibson models from the late 40s through the 50s, these were used on the LG series, J-45, J-50 and (I think,,,) the SJ as well.  This set has all of its original parts except for the buttons, which have been replaced with perfect repros.  The set is good shape functionally.  There is a little plating corrosion or discoloration on one plate, the other plate is very clean and bright.  Barrels are 7/32” in diameter and the turning ratio is 12:1.  An appropriate set of bushings is included.   All turn freely without binding or slipping.
Set #237:  1950s era Kluson DeLuxe 'single line' strip tuners with off-white buttons as found on Gibson J-45 and J-50 guitars of the period as well as on some LG series guitars.  The set is in excellent condition with only the slightest surface wear to the plating.  The off-white buttons have been replaced with modern reproduction buttons as the old set was crumbling.  The tuner button replacements are perfect repros by Blazer and Henkes. The turning ratio is 12:1 and all the tuners turn freely without tight spots or binding and all are tight with no slop in the gear fit or operation.  The set has its original mounting screws, the bushings are modern reproductions of the originals.
Set #241: 1950s Waverly individual tuners for solid headstock such as were found on many Gretsch guitars of the 50s as well as some Martin style 17 guitars. These have the traditional Waverly plate shape and plastic buttons, 7/32” barrels, 12:1 turning ratio. All turn easily with no tight spots. Bushings and screws included.
Set #243: 1930s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners for slot head with floral engraving. This is an ultra-rare tuner set that was found on 1930s Martin pearl guitars. They were also sometimes found on some Weymann and Vega guitars but are most closely associated with Martin’s pearl slot heads. This set has the classic Waverly WG-31 plate profile with nickel plating but also has a very elegant “flower and fronds” engraving design around the mounting screw holes. This set is excellent cosmetically and is excellent functionally. All original parts. If you need these this may be the only time you ever see a set offered for sale.
Set #255: Late 20s/early 30s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners with nickel plating, ivoroid buttons and beautiful ‘flowers and fronds” engraving. This style of slot head tuner was used on many pearl top Martin guitars in the 20s as well as on some Larson Bros, Vega, Weymann and other quality made instruments. The plating is in superb condition with no corrosion, discoloration or loss. One of the ivoroid buttons has a very small crack at the base and appears to have been glued but it is solid to the shaft and functions fine. All turn freely and hold tune well. Replacement mounting screws. Super rare set.
Set 263:   Mid to late 1960s Grover rotomatic "Pat. Pend" marked tuners as were found on the D-28 and D-35 of the late 60s. This set has rather uniform pitting in the plating on every tuner but they are functionally fine.  Would look right on a late 60s D-28 or D-35 that has a little wear. Original mounting screws. 
Set 265:  Mid 1930s Waverly strip tuners for solid headstock as were found on some Gibson L-00 guitars.  This set is brass with nickel plating, some of the plating has worn off.  There are two worm gear shafts that have been replaced, the buttons appear to be replaced but of the proper type and from the same period.  They have a 12:1 turning ratio and 7/32" barrels.  The bushings are not original to the set but are period correct hex bushings.  Replacement mounting screws.  All the tuners turn freely and hold tune. 
Set 270:  1940s Waverly individual tuners as were found on some Martin models in ’41 and ’42 then again in ’46 and ’47. These were also found on some Larson built guitars of the same era. This set has a plate-end shape that is commonly called “yoda head” for obvious reasons, this set has off white plastic buttons and a 12:1 ratio, 7/32” barrel diameter, all the gears, shafts and buttons are original.  The set includes a period set of hex bushings that might be original to the set, not sure.  No bent shafts, plating and buttons in good shape, all turn freely.  Rare set. 
Set 298:  1960s Grover “Pat. Pend.” Marked Rotomatic tuners in chrome finish.  These were found on the Martin D-18 and D-28 from about 1966 to about 1970.  Functionally and cosmetically very good.  Original mounting screws included. 
Set 303: Mid-late 60s Grover rotomatic tuners with the “Pat. Pend USA” stamp on the back of the sealed gear housing. These were the tuners found on the Martin D-18 and D-28 during the mid to late 60s as well as on some Gibson and other brand guitars. No plating loss, smooth function, ready to go. Original mounting screws included.
Set 305: 1930s steel plate strip tuners for solid headstock. This set has off-white buttons and would be appropriate for some Gibson L-00s and some Kalamazoo guitars, as well as other budget makes. All original parts including bushings and mounting screws, cosmetically and functionally very good.
Set 306: 1950s Kluson Deluxe single line individual tuners with metal buttons as were found on most Martin D-18s in the 50s and into the early 60s. These were also used on some Gibson electrics and other brands. The set has some plating tarnish/discoloration but they are functionally solid and have their original bushings and most of the original mounting screws (3 or 4 replaced).
Set 307: RARE Teens/1920s Waverly nickel plate strip tuners for slot head with cross-hash plate engraving and solid mother-of-pearl buttons. This set has all of its original parts and is in excellent condition. The plating is clean and the buttons uncracked, no bent shafts or other functional issues. Most likely would have been found on a high end (pearl trimmed) Larson, Washburn, Weymann or Martin guitar from the teens or 20s.
Set 310: 1970s Grover Rotomatic tuners in nickel finish, found on the Martin D-18 and D-28 in the 70s. this set is super clean with no plating loss and excellent function. Original mounting screws.
Set 311:  Early 20th century brass plate strip tuners with hash mark decoration, probably teens, reverse gear, slightly unusual post spacing measuring 1 3/8” from the D to A string, and 1 13/32” from the D to E string and the same corresponding measurements on the treble plate.  Might fit a guitar with holes drilled at an even 1 3/8” with a little coaxing.  These are for slot head and are very similar to the brass plate Waverlys found on most Martin style 18 slot head guitars during the 20s.  Functionally and cosmetically very good. 
Set 317:  :  Late 1940s Kluson deluxe strip tuners as found on Gibson J-45 and J-50 guitars, the LG series and others.  This set is the “no line” variety, meaning that they have no Kluson marking on the gear cover, neither do these have any patent marking. The no-line variety of this tuner was in use from about 1948 to (I think) about ’51 or ’52.  The barrels are brass and ¼” diameter.  The off-white buttons are replacements.  The plating shows minor pitting and very light corrosion but it is superficial and the tuners function well.  I don’t know if I’ve got a set of bushings for these, I will check on request. 
Set 318:  Early 1950s 1940s Kluson deluxe strip tuners as found on Gibson J-45 and J-50 guitars, the LG series and others.  This set is the “single line” variety, meaning that they have “Kluson Deluxe” marking in a single line on the gear cover, and these bear two patent numbers (2132792 and 2356766) on the underside of each plate.  The barrels are brass and ¼” diameter.  The off-white buttons are replacements.  The plating is in good shape, there is a little play in the gears but they seem to function well and hold tune. I don’t know if I’ve got a set of bushings for these, I will check on request. 
Set 331:  1930s steel plate open gear strip tuners with black buttons, tuners like this were found on some Gibson L model guitars as well as some Kalamazoos, other brands as well.  Look like they are probably made by Waverly but there’s no marking.  The plates show corrosion but the tuners function fine, original buttons and gears, 12:1 ratio and 7/32” barrels.  The bushings are of a type that was often used with this sort of tuner but they are not original to the set, the mounting screws are modern replacements. 
Set 332:  Gold Grover Rotomatics, probably 1970s or 80s.  Found on some Gibson and Guild guitars.  They are a little dirty but will clean up easily if desired, the plating on the buttons and housing is worn but the look is right for an old guitar.  Replaced mounting screws. 
Set 338:  Super rare and gorgeous brass plate, floral engraved slot head tuners from the late 19th or early 20th century, most likely made by Waverly.  I’ve seen these exact tuners on several Martin 0-28 and 0-21 style guitars from the 1890s through about 1910.  The post spacing is 1 3/8”.  Functionally good, all original parts including the buttons, which are in good shape. 
Set 347:  1930s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners in nickel finish with ivoroid buttons.  All parts original including mounting screws.  This set has barrels for solid headstock mount, and used in this manner they were found on some Gibson L-1 and Nick Lucas model guitars, as well as the style 0 Artist model, and also on some Weymann and Vega guitars.  I’ve got slot head barrels to swap out to make these work for a slotted head guitar, and these are right for just about every style 21 and 28 slotted head Martin of the 1930s. The set is super clean with no plating loss or pitting, has the Waverly trade mark and patent mark on the back of the plate.
Set 364:  1930s Kluson strip tuners with black buttons, “Kluson Mfg. Co. Chicago ILL” and patent number around the mounting screw holes on the outside face of the plate.  This set is for slot headstock, but I may have a set of solid headstock bushings available to swap out if you need these for a pre-war Gibson or Kalamazoo.  Very good condition cosmetically and functionally, 1 3/8” post spacing and 7/32” post diameter. 
Set 365:  1930s Kluson strip tuners for solid headstock with black buttons, this set has the “Kluson Mfg. CO Chicago ILL” and patent pending stamp around the mounting screw holes on the down-face of the tuner plate.  All original parts and buttons, headstock bushings and mounting screws, cosmetically and functionally very good.  Found on many Kalamazoo and Gibson guitars of the pre-war era.  1 3/8” spacing and 7/32” post diameter. 
Set 373: 1930s Kluson strip tuners for solid head stock. Buttons are replaced with perfect repros, this set has the “Kluson Mfg. Co” and patent number stamp on the under side of the plate around the center barrel. All parts and plating in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. 1 3/8” post spacing, barrel diameter of .248”, 12:1 turning ratio, 4 ¼” plate length. Mounting screws replaced. As of the time of listing I don’t have a proper bushing set for these, but please inquire as a set may show up anytime. Found on most pre-war Gibson guitars.
Set 375: 1950s Waverly individual tuners for solid head guitar, these were found on most small body mahogany 14 fret Martin guitars during the 50s as well as some Gretsch instruments of the same era. This set shows a little pitting/dirt on the plating here and there but would likely clean up well if the buyer would like a brighter set. All of the parts are original and in good working and cosmetic order. Barrel diameter of .215”. Original bushings and mounting screws.
Set 380: 1930s Waverly strip tuners for solid head guitar with off-white buttons. These tuners were most commonly found on late 20s and 1930s Gibson L-0 and L-00 models. Cosmetically clean and functionally good, all original parts and mounting screws. 7/32” barrel diameter. No bushings present at the moment, but when you inquire ask about bushings as I may acquire a proper set that could be used with these tuners.
Set 381: 1920s strip tuners for slot head as were found mostly on Washburn guitars but also appeared on some other brands. These tuners have brass components with off-white buttons, 12:1 turning ratio, 1 3/8” barrel spacing and ¼” barrel diameter. Most likely these were made by Waverly but that’s speculation, though they are very good quality. Original mounting screws included.
Set 382: 1950s Kluson “single line” Deluxe strip tuners as found on most Gibson J-45, J-50, LG series and other acoustic Gibsons of the 1950s. Cosmetically clean and functionally good, original parts and buttons, original mounting screws. No bushings present at the moment, but when you inquire ask about bushings as I may acquire a proper set that could be used with these tuners.
Set 383: : Late 1940s Kluson deluxe strip tuners as found on Gibson J-45 and J-50 guitars, the LG series and others. This set is the “no line” variety, meaning that they have no Kluson marking on the gear cover, neither do these have any patent marking. The no-line variety of this tuner was in use from about 1948 to (I think) about ’51 or ’52. The barrels are brass and ¼” diameter. The off-white buttons are replacements. The plating is in good shape and the tuners function well. I don’t know if I’ve got a set of bushings for these, I will check on request.
Set 386: 1960s Kluson Deluxe double line strip tuners as found on many Gibson guitars of the era as well as other quality makes. This set has the original buttons in good condition, and the plating is clean. All of the tuners turn freely and hold. Mounting screws and bushings are modern replacements
Set 391: Super rare Grover strip tuners with ‘open book’ plate ends (same shape as a Gibson headstock) in nickel plating with off-white buttons. The set is in excellent cosmetic condition and very good functional shape, though one worm gear and button shaft has been replaced with a brass worm gear and shaft from another set of Grover tuners. Mounting screws are replacements. These were found on some Gibson and Larson Brothers guitars (I’ve seen this nickel version on more Larsons than Gibsons).
Set 392: 1930s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners in nickel for solid head mount, as found on some Gibson Nick Lucas, L-1 and L-2 guitars from the 30s. With slot head barrels these tuners were found on Martins of style 28 and higher during the 30s. I likely have slot head barrels to swap out if you need these tuners for a slot head, so ask if that’s what you need. The set is a little dirty but would clean up well for a brighter look if desired. All of the plating is in good condition and the original ivoroid buttons are as well, no bends in any of the shafts. All original parts and original mounting screws. 7/32” barrels.
Set 396: 1950s/60s Waverly strip tuners for solid headstock as found on many Harmony and Gretsch guitars, as well as other makes. This set has black buttons, all of the parts are original and the set is in good functional order. Don’t know if I have bushings for these, please inquire if interested.
Set 399: Super rare Grover brass plate strip tuners for solid headstock with “open book” plate end. These tuners are among the rarest for pre-war Gibson and Larson Bros guitars. They were found on some L-00s. This set has all of it’s original buttons, gears and shafts, the bushings are original as are some of the mounting screws, some of the mounting screws are replacements. Excellent condition cosmetically and functionally.
Set 400: 1930s Grover open gear individual tuners as found on some Martin flat tops and also on some brands of archtop. This set is in very good condition cosmetically and functionally, the plating is in good shape and none of the shafts are bent. All of the parts are original including mounting screws and bushings. The set has a 12:1 ratio and the shafts are 7/32”. Rare set.
Set 403: Pre-war Grover G-93 tuners in nickel. This set has the 6:1 turning ratio which dates them to 1935-1937. This set is cosmetically clean with only the slightest surface pitting or plate degradation, a little dirty but would clean up well if desired. Functionally good, all turn freely and hold, no bent shafts. The set has replacement hex bushings and mounting screws. 7/32” barrels. Found on many Martin models from ’35-’37 (D-18, 000-18, 00-18, some style 17 guitars and C series archtops, R-18) as well as some models made by Gibson, Epiphone and Vega.
Set 404: Pre-war Grover G-93 tuners in nickel. This set has the 6:1 turning ratio which dates them to 1935-1937. The set is cosmetically clean with only the slightest surface pitting or plate degradation, a little dirty but would clean up well if desired. Functionally good, all turn freely and hold, no bent shafts. The set has original hex bushings and mounting screws. 7/32” barrels. Found on many Martin models from ’35-’37 (D-18, 000-18, 00-18, some style 17 guitars and C series archtops, R-18) as well as some models made by Gibson, Epiphone and Vega.
Set 405: Pre-war Kluson strip tuners such as were found on many 30s L-00s and other Gibsons, as well as on some other quality guitars. The tuners have had the buttons replaced with perfect repros (Antique Acoustics) but all other parts are original. Posts are 7/32” in diameter, the turning ratio is 12:1, post spacing is 1 3/8”. The set is for solid head mount, and the bass side barrels have had an additional hole drilled in the middle of the barrel, but you won’t see the tiny hole when the tuners are mounted. One plate shows slight corrosion. All turn freely and hold. No bent shafts or barrels. I do not currently have a set of bushings, please ask about bushings if the set interests you as I may come across a set to offer at the time of inquiry. Mounting screws replaced (not pictured).
Set 406: 1930s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners with “oak leaf” plate engraving, these were found on just about every style 28 or higher slot head Martin through the 30s. These were also found on some Gibson L-1 and Nick Lucas guitars, as well as the style 0 ‘artist’ model Gibson. This set has barrels for solid head mount but I may have slot head barrels available to convert them for slot head so ask if you need these for slot head. The set is clean and bright, no plating loss or corrosion. A couple of the cap screws have been replaced but all other parts original. No bent shafts. One of the ivoroid buttons is a little mis-shapen as if it was briefly exposed to heat but the button is solid and otherwise sound. Waverly patent marking on the underside of the plate. 12:1 turning ratio, 7/32” barrel diameter, 1 3/8” barrel spacing. This is a super rare set.
Set 412: 1930s Waverly nickel plate strip tuners with saw-tooth plate end and fleur-de-lis plate engraving. The set is for solid head mount but if you need them for slot head just let me know as I may have barrels to convert for slot head. This set was found on many National resonator guitars and Maybell guitars (as solid head tuners) as well as on some early 30s Martin slot head guitars. The set is in excellent cosmetic and functional condition. The buttons are replaced with correct reproductions. No bent shafts or other damage. The turning ratio is 12:1, barrels are 7/32” in diameter. The set has the original mounting screws and bushings. Rare.
Set 415: teens/20s Waverly strip tuners for slot head as were found on style 28 Martins during that era as well as some Larson slot head guitars. These tuners have nickel plating that is in excellent shape and ivoroid buttons, cross-hash engraved pattern on the plates. The post spacing is 1 3/8" and the post diameter is .247" (1/4"). No bent shafts or other issues, very clean, original mounting screws. Rare set.
Set 416: 1930s Kluson strip tuners with black buttons for solid headstock. This tuner was found on many 30s Kalamazoo guitars as well as some other brands, but with off white buttons they were also used on many Gibsons (like the L-00, L-0, J-35, etc). I've got replacement off-white buttons if you need these for a Gibson. There's a little bit of plate corrosion but nothing severe. All of the tuners turn freely. Post spacing is 1 3/8", post diameter is .218 (7/32"). Original mounting screws and headstock bushings.
Set 417: Super rare 19th century set of slot head tuners that were removed from a circa 1860 Martin 2-17. The set looks like brass in the pics but it is actually silver plated. The set is good functionally and has the original mounting screws. The post spacing is 2 5/16". The bone buttons show cracks and a couple appear to have been glued but they are solid to the shafts and will work fine.
Set 419: teens/20s Waverly strip tuners for slot head as were found on style 17. 18 and 21 Martins during that era. These tuners are solid brass that is in great shape and ivoroid buttons, cross-hash engraved pattern on the plates. The post spacing is 1 3/8" and the post diameter is .247" (1/4"). No bent shafts or other issues, very clean, original mounting screws. Rare set.
Set 420: 1937-1941 Grover G-93 tuners as were found on most pre-war D-18s. The nickel plating is in superb condition, the set gleams. No bent shafts or other damage/issues, all original parts including bushings and mounting screws. 12:1 turning ratio, barrel diameter of .215" (about 7/32"). Rare set in excellent condition.
Set 421: 1930s Kluson strip tuners for solid head guitar, off white buttons are perfect replacements by Antique Acoustics. These were found on most pre-war Gibson guitars and many of the Gibson-built Kalamazoo models. The plating is in excellent condition, very bright. There are no bent shafts or other issues, all of the parts other than the buttons are original. Barrels are .215 (7/32") and the barrel spacing is 1 3/8".
Set 424: 1930s Kluson strip tuners with off-white buttons as were found on many 30s Gibson guitars and other brands as well. The set has the buttons replaced with Antique Acoustics reproduction Kluson buttons (perfect) but the barrels and gears are original. The set has the “Kluson Mfg. Co, Chicago, ILL logo stamp around the center barrel on the down-face of the plate. The plating is in great shape, clean but they look age appropriate (they've not been cleaned or brightened up). Ferrules and mounting screws are replacements. 12:1 ratio and 1/4” barrels.
Set 425: 1930s/40s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners for slot head as were found on many Martin slot head guitars but also on some Gibsons as solid head mount tuners. If you need these for solid head mount let me know and I'll check on the availability of solid head mount barrels. These have a little pitting/corrosion that has been cleaned up but they are in good cosmetic and functional order, all barrels/gears/ivoroid buttons original. Mounting screws are replacements. Barrels are 7/32” in diameter.
Set 426: 1930s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners for slot head with 'oak leaf' engraving as were found on most Martin slot head guitars of style 28 and higher during the pre-war era. These were also found on some Weymann guitars, some Gibson L-2s and Nick Lucas (with barrels for solid head), and some Larsons. The set is all original and in excellent condition all around. The set bears the Waverly logo on the down-face of the plate. Very rare set for some of the rarest and most desirable Martin slot head guitars.
Set 427: 1930s strip tuners, likely made by Waverly but not marked, for solid headstock with 'fluer de lis' plate engraving. These tuners were found on some National guitars as well as some Martin and Maybell guitars. When found on Martins they were for slot head, if you need these for slot head please inquire as I may have slot head barrels to swap out. All parts (gears, barrels, buttons, ferrules and mounting screws) are original. Functionally and cosmetically excellent, the plating is clean and bright. Rare set.

Set 429: 1930s Waverly WG-31 style strip tuners in gold plating and 'oak leaf' engraving for slot head. These were found on some of the highest end Weymann guitars as well as a few top end Martin slot head guitars. They were also found (with solid head barrels) on some late 20s Gibson L-5 guitars. If you need these for a solid head guitar just let me know, I may have appropriate solid head barrels to convert the set if necessary. This set is in excellent condition and has all of its original parts. The plating is clean and the tuners all turn freely and hold. This set has a tension screw on the end of each worm gear, something that isn't found on any other Waverly tuner of the period. Super rare.
Set 430: 1940s era Kluson open gear strip tuners with 'art deco' style covers. With the cover plate these were found on some higher end Regals and also on some lap steel guitars. Without covers they were found on many quality brands. Super clean with bushings and mounting screws. 1/4" barrels.
Set 431: 40s/50s Kluson open gear individual tuner with plastic buttons as were found on most Martin 0 and 00 size style 17 guitars in the late 40s and early 50s. This set has a little bit of pitting in the plates but overall cosmetic and functional quality is very good. No bent shafts. 12:1 ratio, 1/4" barrels, original mounting screws and bushings.
Set 432: 1920s slot head Tiple tuners with all original parts and mounting screws. This set came off of a Regal tiple but would be suitable as a restoration set for any brand of tiple from this era. The tuners show a little bit of pitting and corrosion to the plating but nothing significant. Overall cosmetic and functional condition is good. Barrels measure 7/32".
Set 433: 1930s Kluson open gear strip tuners as were found on most pre-war Gibson guitars and other makes as well. The set has had the buttons replaced with perfect repros, all other parts original. Functionally and cosmetically good. Barrels measure 1/4" in diameter, 12:1 ratio. Mounting screws are replacements, no bushings currently but a set might turn up, inquire.
Set 436: Late 40s/early 50s Kluson open gear individual tuners with plastic buttons. These were found on most Martin small body guitars (particularly style 17 but also on some 18s) in the late 40s/early 50s. This set is in excellent condition, all of the barrels and gears are original. The bushings (not pictured) are correct, mounting screws original. Barrel diameter is 1/4", 12:1 turning ratio. All plating and parts in excellent condition, functionally excellent as well.
Set 437: 1960s/early 70s Waverly 12 string strip tuners, open gear for slot head. These were found on many 12 string guitars during the folk era, most notably they were used on the Martin D-12-20 and some D-12-35 models in the 60s and early 70s. This set has all original parts and 11 of the 14 mounting screws are original, three are replacements. The tuners are in good shape mechanically. The plating has some small spots of corrosion or pitting here and there but overall cosmetic presentation is good. All the buttons are solid.
Set 438: 1930s Waverly strip tuners for solid headstock in nickel finish with ornate 'flowers and fronds' decoration. These tuners have the 'saw tooth' plate end shape. The buttons are ivoroid. All parts are original. This set has barrels for solid headstock but if you need this set for slot head let me know, as I may have slot head barrels I can swap out. The plating is super clean, no corrosion or pitting and the buttons are solid. Turning ratio is 12:1 and the barrels are 7/32” in diameter. In solid head configuration these were found on some Gibson Style 0 'Artist' guitars and Gibson Harp Guitars. In slot head configuration these were found on some 12 fret Martin style 42 and 45 guitars. Very rare set.
Set 439: 1930s Waverly strip tuners for solid headstock with ornate plate decoration and off-white buttons. This set has barrels for solid head mount, but I've also got period slot head barrels to convert this set if required. The plating is excellent, bright and clean. All parts are original and in good working order, no bent shafts or other issues. 12:1 ratio, 7/32” barrels. This set was found on some presentation grade Washburn guitars and I believe also on some high end Larsons. Very rare set.
Set 440: 1930s Kluson strip tuners with black buttons, nickel plating, as found on most Gibson made Kalamazoo brand archtop and flat top guitars during the pre-war and war time era. The set has original buttons, barrels, crown gears and worm gears. The bushings and mounting screws are correct style replacements. The plating is in excellent condition, super clean with no corrosion, buttons show no cracking or shrinking. 12:1 ratio, 1/4” barrel diameter. Kluson patent stamp on the under side of the plate. All tuners turn freely and hold tune. Excellent set.
Set 441: Late 40s/50s Kluson individual tuners with plastic buttons as were found on many Martin style 17 and some style 18 guitars (generally the small body instruments) during that era, and also on some Gretsch guitars and other brands. The mounting screws are replacements but everything else seems to be original, no bent shafts, no cracked or shrunken buttons. 12:1 ratio, 1/4” barrel diameter.
Set 442: 1960s Waverly slot head tuners for 12 string, these tuners were found on a variety of brands but most commonly on the Martin D-12-20 and D-12-35 in the 60s and 70s. The set is in good condition with all original parts, functionally and cosmetically good, there's a little corrosion to the plating in a few spots but nothing serious. Mounting screws are replacements.
Set 443: Mid 30s Grover G-98 Stay-tite nickel plate tuners, all original parts including bushings and mounting screws. This tuner was found on early Martin dreadnoughts, Orchestra Models, archtops and some Gibson models as well. The set is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. 6:1 ratio, 7/32” barrels. Very rare set.
Set 443: Mid 30s Grover G-98 Stay-tite nickel plate tuners, all original parts including bushings and mounting screws. This tuner was found on early Martin dreadnoughts, Orchestra Models, archtops and some Gibson models as well. The set is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. 6:1 ratio, 7/32” barrels. Very rare set.
Set 443: Mid 30s Grover G-98 Stay-tite nickel plate tuners, all original parts including bushings and mounting screws. This tuner was found on early Martin dreadnoughts, Orchestra Models, archtops and some Gibson models as well. The set is in excellent condition cosmetically and functionally. 6:1 ratio, 7/32” barrels. Very rare set.
Set 444: 1930s/40s Waverly WG-31 strip tuners in nickel for solid headstock guitar. These were found on some Gibson L series guitars as well as some Vega flat top and arch top instrument, some Larsons and Weymanns and other quality makes. They were found on Martins also but generally the slot head variety, I may have slot head barrels available to convert these so ask if you need them for slot head. This set has some corrosion to the plating but functionally they are good and the buttons are in excellent shape. There are no bushings or mounting screws, you'll have to come up with those separately. All the tuners turn smoothly, no bent shafts. 12:1 ration, 7/32” barrels, 1 3/8” barrel spacing.
Set 445: 1950/60s Waverly strip tuners for solid headstock as found on most Gretsch, Harmony and some Guild guitars of that era. This set is in excellent shape, very clean with no corrosion and all original parts, cosmetically and functionally excellent. 12:1 ratio, 1 3/8” barrel spacing, 7/32” barrel diameter. I've got hex period bushings for this set and mounting screws (not pictured). I may also have large diameter barrels for nylon strings for this set if you need them for a 50s/60s Martin C or G series classic guitar, so inquire if needed.
Set 446: Late 20s 'reverse gear' Waverly 'fleur-de-lis' engraved strip tuners for solid headstock in nickel. These were found on some national resonators as well as Maybell and Oahu guitars, and in slot head variety they were on some pearl trim Martins as well. As about the availability of slot head barrels for this set if you need the set for a slot head guitar, I may have them. The set is a little dirty but the plating is in great shape and would clean up well if the buyer wanted to restore a brighter look. All original parts including bushings and mounting screws. No bent shafts or other issues, all the tuners turn freely and hold tune well. 12:1 ratio, 7/32” barrel diameter and 1 3/8” barrel spacing. Rare set in great shape.
Set 447: Slot head 'reverse gear' strip tuners in nickel for slot head with off-white buttons as were found on many National resonator guitars and others in the late 20s and early 30s. The set is in excellent cosmetic and functional condition with all of the original parts. All of the tuners turn freely and there are no issues of any kind with the set. 12:1 ratio, 7/32” barrels, 1 3/8” barrel spacing.
Set 448: 1960s Waverly 12 string strip tuners for slot head as were found on Martin D-12-20 and some Martin D-12-35 model guitars. This set is in very good condition cosmetically and functionally, a little dirty from the years but would brighten up significantly if the new owner wants to clean them up for mounting on a minty guitar. All of the parts are original and in good shape, no issues. All of the tuners turn freely and hold well. Hard to find set.
Set 449: Late 60s/early 70s Grover “slimline” (yes, these bulky, blocky tuners were called Slimlines!) individual tuners for solid head mount in nickel plating with original bushings and mounting screws. These were most commonly found on Martin 00-18s from the late 60s/early 70s and a few 000-18s as well. Cosmetcially and functionally good.
Set 451: Super rare 1930s/early 40s Kluson open gear individual tuners with metal buttons, nickel plating, original hex bushings and mounting screws (not pictured). Martin used these tuners for a brief period on D-18s in the early 40s. I've seen them here and there on small body Martins in the 30s as well. This set is in excellent condition with clean plating and good function, no bent shafts or cracked buttons, all original parts. Shafts are 7/32” diameter. Very hard set to find.
Set 452: Rare war time Kluson plank tuners for solid head mount as were found on just about every Gibson flat top of the Banner era. This set is very clean with no corrosion or surface degradation. The set has steel barrels and crown gears that are peened together (no cap screw, which is the way they were made during WWII), and the underside of the plate bears two patent numbers: 2356766 and 2132792. The set has no bent shafts and the plates are flat. The buttons are replaced with perfect repros of the originals made by Antique Acoustics, they are crème color and look perfect. There are no bushings with the set, as most of these tuners were mounted by Gibson without the use of a headstock bushing. If you require bushings with the set to use them on your guitar please inquire as to availability.
Set 453: Mid 1930s Grover G-98 “clipped” plate individual tuners as were found on many Martin archtop guitars but also on the earliest Martin dreadnoughts and Orchestra Models. The set has all of its original parts including hex bushings and mounting screws and the plating is in excellent condition. There are no bent shafts or other functional issues, the set is functionally good. They look appropriately aged, but they would clean up to be nice and bright if they were to go on a minty guitar. Nothing has been done to clean them to this point. 6:1 ration, 1/4” barrel diameter. Very rare set.
Set 454: Rare war time Kluson plank tuners for solid head mount as were found on just about every Gibson flat top of the Banner era. This set has some slight surface corrosion but nothing serious, the overall cosmetic presentation is good. The set has brass barrels and crown gears that are peened together (no cap screw, which is the way they were made during WWII), and the underside of the plate bears two patent numbers: 2356766 and 2132792. The plates are flat, one slightly bent shaft has been straightened and the other 5 are perfectly straight. The buttons are original and in good condition. There are no bushings with the set, as most of these tuners were mounted by Gibson without the use of a headstock bushing. If you require bushings with the set to use them on your guitar please inquire as to availability.