guitardude127 wrote:I have a worn out 1974 Ramirez 1a. I really should part with the guitar and buy a more modern instrument, but I love the guitar so much and have such sentimental attachment to it....
Anyway, the original tuners are worn pretty bad and really need to be replaced. If you were to replace the original tuners, what would you put on that would remain true to the style, and would function well, but wouldn't necessarily break the bank?
I did a similar search a little over a year ago for my 1968 1A, but I wound up selling it before I made any changes. As others have pointed out, the first thing you should do is check the roller spacing with an accurate metric ruler (measure from center to center of adjacent roller screws). Most aftermarket machines these days are 35mm, but many of the older Fustero machines on the Ramirez 1As are 36mm. If that's the case, your selection will be limited and hard to find. The "lyre" style baseplate is the traditional style for Ramirez of this vintage, and you can get decent sets from Gotoh or Schaller (but 35mm spacing). Gotoh used to make a 36mm set, but I'm not sure if those are readily available anymore.
The best results in terms of quality and fit would be to have a set made by one of the custom outfits (Rodgers, Alessi, etc.), but that decision will depend on your budget. If you have 36mm spacing, you might be able to get away with 35mm sets if the roller holes have some play. I would recommend self-supporting machines in that case (sleeve on the outside end of roller and bearing on the inside edge), since the tighter fit might otherwise cause too much friction with standard rollers. With a guitar that has such value to you, I'd personally recommend getting the advice of a qualified luthier on any of these decisions, and probably for the installation as well.
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