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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 24 Mar 2016 8:39 am     Reply with quote

I've been busy helping WD Music with R&D for these products. They're shooting to have them released in June/July. They will be offered in chrome or nickel plating for the tuners and pans. Whatever combination you like. Their website:
http://www.wdmusic.com/

(I have no financial affiliation with this company)
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Miles Lang


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Rincon Beach, California, USA
Post Posted 28 Mar 2016 2:10 pm     Reply with quote

Looking forward to these. Will WD have other Stringmaster parts too?
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Jeff Mead


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London, England
Post Posted 4 Apr 2016 2:38 am     Reply with quote

Wow! That's amazing news. Looking forward to hearing more about these 😊
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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 21 Jun 2016 9:36 pm     Reply with quote

Just got an email from WD. They're sending me some of the tuners to check out. Pans just went into production... I'll keep you posted.
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Nate Hofer


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Overland Park, Kansas
Post Posted 22 Jun 2016 4:09 am     Reply with quote

Cool! Is there a product detail page available yet? I searched the site and did'nt see anything
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Robert Allen


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2016 8:42 am     Reply with quote

WD products are also available from many wholesale distributors and retailers, although I don't foresee an average music store stocking these. Steel guitar stores might, though.
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George Piburn


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The Oklahoma Hills, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2016 9:56 am     WD Products Reply with quote

GeorgeBoards is a WD Dealer and will have these at a below list price once they come available.

We have moved toward selling DIY Parts in my Retirement from Wood Working and have a parts page specializing in FretBoards and such for lap steel builders and professional builders OEM Supplies.

Glad to help folks with things like tuners brass parts and more.
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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2016 10:27 pm     Reply with quote





Came in the mail today. I don't know when WD will release, but they fit my old pans fine...
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Scott Thomas


Post Posted 23 Jun 2016 5:10 pm     Reply with quote

I can't believe someone is finally doing this and that it's becoming a reality.
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Jeff Mead


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London, England
Post Posted 23 Jun 2016 6:24 pm     Reply with quote

Cool!

Any news on the reissue pans?

I guess they won't have the Fender logo on them?
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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 25 Jun 2016 9:03 pm     Reply with quote

Jeff Mead wrote:
Cool!

Any news on the reissue pans?

I guess they won't have the Fender logo on them?

The pans are still in production. Should have samples within a month. No they will not have the Fender logo on them.
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John Lang


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Loveland, OH
Post Posted 18 Jul 2016 4:43 am     Reply with quote

Russ, is there any chance that they might look into making pans and tuners for the older Stringmasters? I'm talking the early models that came out around 1953 with the lollipop tuners?

I had a heck of a time getting one of those repaired a few years back and my heart stops every time I change strings on my 53 T8.

These are the square shaped pans, not the tapered ones I think you are talking about.
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Miles Lang


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Rincon Beach, California, USA
Post Posted 20 Jul 2016 11:45 am     Reply with quote

Is there an update or link to the WD Stringmaster parts?
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 18 Sep 2016 1:11 pm     Reply with quote

It's been a while since those prototype tuners came out. Any word on production dates yet?

I know someone very keen to get their hands on some pans too.
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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2016 7:04 am     Pans Finally In! Reply with quote

I just got some more samples from WD music. I think they did a bang-up job on the pans. Unfortunately they copied a lever hole that was added to the pan sample I gave them. It will be removed for production.
Here's a foto with new and old:

Here is a foto with one of the necks from my 55 quad:

I still have one small issue that we're working out. The tabs that hold the tuner gear covers are too thick and prevent the assembly from going in. I didn't notice before because they fit fine in my 58 T8, but after receiving they didn't fit in my 56 T8. Here's a comparison foto:

The tuners have already been released and are up on ebay with some of WD's dealers. We're going to fix this issue, but if you already have some, you can either shave a little bit of the wood, or file the tab...
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Russ Cudney


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Sonoma, California, USA
Post Posted 19 Nov 2016 4:11 pm     Reply with quote

John Lang wrote:
Russ, is there any chance that they might look into making pans and tuners for the older Stringmasters? I'm talking the early models that came out around 1953 with the lollipop tuners?

I had a heck of a time getting one of those repaired a few years back and my heart stops every time I change strings on my 53 T8.

These are the square shaped pans, not the tapered ones I think you are talking about.

Hi John,
Sorry I didn't see your post earlier. No I don't think they're going be able to do those. Too many quirks in those old Lolly-Pop style. I think there is a thread somewhere that shows these newer style working in an older body. It's a one-way route modification. I may do that to my '53.
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Tor Arve Baroy


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Norway
Post Posted 7 Mar 2017 1:21 pm     Reply with quote

Are the pans ready for delivery now? 🙂
Are they also making 6-string versions?
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