|1||Fender Locking Tuners||1.7 x 10 x 4.5 inches||0.64 ounces||1|| Check|
|2||Grover 502C||2 x 9 x 5 inches||9.6 ounces||2|| Check|
|3||Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners Black||5.9 x 4.8 x 1.8 inches||5.6 ounces||3|| Check|
|4||Hipshot 6GLO Grip-Lock||7.9 x 3.6 x 2.5 inches||10.4 ounces||4|| Check|
|5||Musiclily Sealed Guitar Tuning Peg||4.5 x 3.1 x 1.4 inches||4.8 ounces||5|| Check|
|Fender Locking Tuners|
|Dimentions||1.7 x 10 x 4.5 inches|
|Dimentions||2 x 9 x 5 inches|
|Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners Black|
|Dimentions||5.9 x 4.8 x 1.8 inches|
|Hipshot 6GLO Grip-Lock|
|Dimentions||7.9 x 3.6 x 2.5 inches|
|Musiclily Sealed Guitar Tuning Peg|
|Dimentions||4.5 x 3.1 x 1.4 inches|
In case you opened this article occasionally, let me explain what locking tuners actually are. Well, they are the tuners you can lock to get the strings fixed in a certain position for a long time. This is not a very popular piece of equipment, mainly because it has a narrow specialization, and also because nice strings stay tuned long enough by themselves.
I am not a huge fan of this equipment, but there were several requests, so I decided to make my casual research and find out, which models are optimal. There were the following steps:
1.Consulting with my friend
I had never used the locking tuners myself, so I had to ask my mate guitarists about their experience. Turned out very little people knew about this thing. I managed to find some experts though, so I got the names of the brands.
2.Consulting people in the internet
Surprisingly, there are some guys online, who know what they are talking about. I visited several online forums, met some nice fellows there. They explained me, what using the locking pegs actually feels like. I also got more recommendations, so the only thing to do was step three.
3. Choosing the bests and assembling information
Finally, I visited several online shops, read the reviews there and checked out the prices. Even after all of that activity I didn`t become a fan of pegs though.
Anyway, here are the best tuning pegs I managed to find.
Fender Locking Tuners
We`ll start with the classical manufacturer – Fender. The rule of Fender is quite simple. If you are choosing an audio equipment pick something from Fender and you`ll not be disappointed.
It`s just your casual locking tuner, but it has a super high quality. The tuner is also covered in chrome, so they are looking as great as they perform.
I`ve seen multiple reports, saying, that Fenders locking pegs are not suitable for certain guitars. For example, Mexican Stratocasters have too small holes, so these tuners do not fit in. This is not a problem, if you are not afraid to use a drill. However, if you are not a hundred per cent sure about your skills, I`d rather recommend using another tuner or asking the master to help. Damaging the guitar is not worth installing a locker.
Well, what can I say. It is Fender`s product providing Fender`s quality. It holds the strings, it tunes the strings. All you expect it to do.
When guys from Grover realized, that market is overwhelmed with musical equipment of different types and quality, they started looking for at least one free niche. They found it and they filled it with Grover 502C – one of the most reliable locking tuners.
This thing looks extremely professional. It also looks like something from a car industry more, than from a musical industry. Well, the design helps to get the job done, so I guess it`s completely fine.
This has probably saved thousands of guitars, as this peg is suitable for most of the models. It has the 3×3 configuration and 18:1 ratio. These numbers are basic for usual factory guitars. There are still some non-compatible instruments, but not many of them.
While there is a nice manual, the item itself is not intuitively clear. You can hardly figure out the way to use it by yourself.
The things get even more confusing, when you find out, that this tuner has unusual dimensions. Most of tuners have a 14:1 ratio. Getting used to it is not actually hard, but still a bit tricky in the beginning.
If you are sure a locking tuner is what you need, Grover 502C is for you. It will keep the strings fixed for a long time and will even improve the sound quality a little. But you`ll need to put some effort to get things working.
Sperzel 6 In-Line Locking Tuners Black
Sperzel is that one weird company, that makes locking tuners only. But, you know, if you are practicing one thing only for a long period of time, you get really good at it.
It is a brutal designed peg. The black surface looks manly, all the contours are smooth. Again, I can only associate this tuner with a part of an expensive car.
Fixing the strings with Sperzel`s locking peg is by far the most reliable way to fix the strings at all. You`ll get them tuned for a long period of time after the single tuning.
Again, a common problem for all the locking tuners – they do not fit for every guitar. Some instruments (almost any with an unusual neck or fretboard shape) need to be prepared by a carpenter.
Another important thing to memorize is that the tuning process itself will take much time and effort. Tuning the string and fixing it with this specific equipment is not a regular simple thing to do. On the other hand, once you complete it, you can forget about any problems for a long period of time.
If you have sharp skills in tuning, this model is the best one for you. If your hands are trembling though, you`d rather pick something simpler, maybe a regular tuner even, because in case you tune the string wrong and fix it, you`ll have to disassemble the item an go through the whole process once again.
Hipshot 6GLO Grip-Lock
Hipshot company is similar to Grover. The best thing they manage to push to the top is their locking peg. Well, one great accessory can lead the company to success, like Stratocaster did for example. So, we`ll see, maybe Hipshot will occupy the tops in several years.
So, back 6GLO Grip-Lock. If the appearance of the tuner is bothering you the most, then Hipshot`s model will help you get rid of complexes. It is for sure the best looking peg on the market.
The design is quite useful as well. It is easy to understand the mechanics by simply looking at this. In case you want to make sure you are doing everything right, there is a clear instruction in the box as well.
I can call it flexibility, versatility or compatibility, but the things don`t change. This locking tuner is not suitable for every guitar, so prepare to either modify the body or look for another tuner.
If you want to look like a superstar, while also delivering decent sound to your listeners, 6GLO grip-lock is your pick. It is fixing the strings good as well.
Musiclily Sealed Guitar Tuning Peg
Musiclily is the company with the cutest name in this list. It is trying to please the customers, so it delivers the complete set for installation for very little money.
The set consists of six tuners, six screws and the other pieces. All the material is made of alloy metal. The first impression is really solid, the performance… well, let us start with the positive things.
So, the positive things:
Undoubtedly, alloy metal is one of the most reliable materials possible. It is protected from rusting, from humidity, from high temperatures, from scratching, etc. The legend says, that if you buy twenty kits of this equipment, you can build a small shelter for apocalypse.
Actually, you need one set only, because it consists of all the necessary details and probably some spare even (Okay, I actually checked it and there are no spare details). Still, you get an insanely large amount of equipment for very little money.
Here`s what I wanted to say:
Not reliable fixing
We all already know, that locking pegs will be suitable for certain guitars and will not be suitable for other certain guitars. That`s a common problem. Lily has a much bigger problem though, her tuners do not fix the strings tight enough. They do some job, but you expect this type of equipment to provide a death grip.
Lilymusic`s tuners are somewhere in the middle between regular tuners, and the lockers. They help to keep strings tuned for a longer period of time and do not require much effort to be set as well. Finally, the affordability makes this set a perfect choice, for those, who want to try the locking pegs for the first time.
I`ve met several people, who doubted, whether they need the locking tuners or use the regular ones. I would usually give several recommendations here, but today I am in mood for mythbusting:
- Locking pegs will make the tuning easier
It is the favorite argument of guys, who get annoyed by tuning process. Well, your strings WILL indeed stay tuned for a longer period of time, some of tuners provide such a tight grip, that the strings stay tuned for months. The process of tuning gets harder though. Now you need to adjust each string and to put a locker on top, this is a more time-consuming process. And unless you are using the same tone all the time, you`ll need to repeat it.
- Locking tuners will make the performance better
They will not. The practice is the only thing that can make the performance better. All the other equipment will only help you deliver your skill to the listeners. Arguably, the guitar can affect the quality of performance, but the impact of a locking peg is minimal. It has zero influence on sound quality.
- You`ll be able to install it yourself
You`ll most likely not be able to do this. First of all, the process itself is rather complicated. It consists of actual tuning and of putting the piece of metal on the string. But even in case you follow all the instructions, you may find out, that the pegs you chose are not suitable for your guitar. So, you`ll either need to take a drill yourself or go to a local music shop and pay extra money to get the things done.
- Locking tuner will ruin the appearance of your guitar
Well, this is partly true. Honestly, the first thing I always think of, when I see this type of tuner on the guitar is the brackets on teeth. They help to fix the ugliness in long term period, but right now they look awful. There are different types of brackets though, some are less ugly, some are hardly noticeable. The same rule applies to tuners.
There is one thing I can say for sure. If you are a beginner, you don`t need the fixing tuner. The more tuning practice you have, the better it is for you. Locking pegs are good if you`ve already learned the basics and want to concentrate on learning a certain combination.
This was it for this article. Thank you for reading and good luck!