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Dave Zirbel


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Sebastopol, CA USA
Post  Posted 17 Jul 2020 4:35 pm    
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Jim Palenscar’s post about a Gibson tuner reminded me of these parts I’ve had in my stash for awhile. My friend Lee Jeffries thought they might be from an old rare Gibson 10 string Electraharp. Look familiar to anyone?



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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 18 Jul 2020 6:53 am    
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They could be tuners for a Console Grande.Very Happy
Erv
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 18 Jul 2020 10:21 am    
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Erv Niehaus wrote:
They could be tuners for a Console Grande.Very Happy
Erv


I don't think they ever made a 10-string Console Grande, Erv. Course, I didn't know they ever made a 10 string Electraharp either. The tuner mounting rails doesn't look like any Gibsons I've seen but they did mix it up a bit with different models. I expect those early Grover tuners would be worth something to a vintage stringed instrument restorer even if you can't confirm what they originally came from.
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Dave Zirbel


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Post  Posted 18 Jul 2020 12:58 pm    
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I didn't know they ever made a 10 string Electraharp either.


I’m not sure either...I thought I saw a photo of one but can’t find it. It does look very similar to the 8 string Gibson keyheads though....but I know very little about the Gibson steels.
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Thomas Stone


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San Francisco
Post  Posted 18 Jul 2020 1:21 pm    
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The tuning machines themselves look like ordinary Grover Sta-Tite tuners that have had the ends of the mounting plate ground down so that adjacent tuners can be butted together and share a common mounting screw. I did that mod myself once for a 6-stringer.

https://grotro.com/product/sta-tite-97-18-series/
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Peter Harris

 

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South Australia, Australia
Post  Posted 19 Jul 2020 1:29 am    
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Thomas Stone wrote:
The tuning machines themselves look like ordinary Grover Sta-Tite tuners that have had the ends of the mounting plate ground down so that adjacent tuners can be butted together and share a common mounting screw. I did that mod myself once for a 6-stringer.

https://grotro.com/product/sta-tite-97-18-series/


Got to agree with that ...the ends have been roughly ground down and are not consistent...the ones in the pics look like they could be an earlier (?) model though, given slight differences in the knobs and the dished center to the sprockets..
The screws that hold them to the mounting plate look like they were definitely sourced from somewhere else entirely...... Shocked
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Jerry Erickson

 

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Atlanta,IL 61723
Post  Posted 19 Jul 2020 12:28 pm    
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Maybe an Epiphone? Mine has different tuners, but similar idea.
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