Paul's Guitar SE Tuner replacements

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  1. Squid

    Squid New Member

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    Hello fellow PRS enthusiasts!

    I have a Paul's SE Guitar as the title implies. The biggest issue is the cheap tuners.. I've seen some other discussions about swapping out the tuners without having to ream out holes/drill/fill new screw holes: Hipshots (which is a considerable option), Gotoh SD90 (which I'm leaning towards), and MannMade. Someone from a different forum had also mentioned that Grover mini-locking rotomatics are a direct fit, but from checking them out and without photo evidence I'm not very convinced.

    What I'm curious to know is if the tuners on Meyer's Silver Sky would fit as a replacement. They both seem to have the Kluson style, but I haven't managed to find any specs on the the SS tuners or where I would even be able to purchase them.

    I apologize I don't know the hole diameter of Paul's SE.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    Get a John Mann locking tuner upgrade or get a Hipshot tuners. Both will be a direct replacement. No drilling or ream needed.
     
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  3. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I’m going to play devils advocate to Eddie’s comment.

    Gotoh make the PRS tuners that are on Core guitars.

    With the SD90 you get a lot of options, finishes, buttons, locking/non-locking. Also they are undeniably good quality.

    Good luck.
     
  4. wsreed

    wsreed New Member

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    Hi, which Hipshot tuners are a direct replacement?
    I have Hipshot tuners all my SE's with the exception of the new Hollowbody Standard FRB. I decided to try GFS E70 and they work great, direct fit. On my ZM I had to do some drilling out the hole to get the HS to fit, it seems that way with the vintage tuners. What model HS?
     
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  5. Eddie kim

    Eddie kim New Member

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    All you need to do is get ump plate with Hipshots tuners. No drilling
     
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  6. tyfu20

    tyfu20 Fast Man....let me tell you my story

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    The Hipshots open neck didn't fit my SE Paul's and didn't feeling having to ream. All in all, the stock tuners have proved to be very stable and consistent with the 10's I switched to.
     
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  7. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    I've got a set of John Mann's SE lockers and they are great!!!
    Either way, enjoy the upgrading.
     
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  8. Linz

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    Gotoh on mine, Direct fit and color match.
     
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  9. Marauder518

    Marauder518 New Member

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    On a Paul’s Guitar?
     
  10. Fireroadeddy

    Fireroadeddy Left Coast Logic

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    I put a set of the Mann's on my Paul's. Drop in no problem
     
  11. Broseph

    Broseph PRS 22 Fret Fren

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    Zach Myers Locking tuner replacement - cuation

    see link above as I’m certain the footprints for the Zach Myers, Paul’s guitar and McCarty are the same. The only variable is the width of the peg hole in the McCarty series. Regardless I think Kluson Revolution series (non collared) are superb. And I do not believe the silver sky is compatible. I think the screw holes do not align.
     
  12. Martin Lenihan

    Martin Lenihan New Member

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    I have the Gotoh's on mine. They are an upgrade but the originals were not really bad. Mine are bone so I got bone pickup rings to match. They are PRS universal models. The Core parts don't transfer to the SE.
     
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