Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

For guitars of the straight waisted variety (or reverse offset).
Post Reply
User avatar
johnnysomersett
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5472
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 pm
Location: Old Hampshire, Old England

Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by johnnysomersett » Sat Aug 13, 2022 1:29 pm

Has anyone here had dealings with the absolute woe that is the old Dano 'Skate Key' tuners?

Image

These are not good tuners. I know beforehand they used some open gear ones that may have been better, or worse, but either way these are not making my life fun.

So, I'm looking for some kind of replacement. The pegs are 35mm / 1⅜" apart. The units have three screws each but I'm not opposed to drilling for more. Any suggestions? Preferably something that'll not look out of place and not crazy money. I'm fine with nickel, chrome, butterbean, etc.
Silly Rabbit, don't you know scooped mids are for kids?

User avatar
Nico
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 108
Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:30 pm

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by Nico » Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:18 pm

How about 3x3 tuners? I bought Gretsch Electromatic 3x3 tuners (they look like the normal vintage Kluson tuners), I think that I bought them for 25$ a couple years ago. They're great tuners for the money. It'll leave impressions in the back from the old set but that's no big deal on an old beat up Dano.

User avatar
johnnysomersett
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5472
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 pm
Location: Old Hampshire, Old England

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by johnnysomersett » Sat Aug 13, 2022 9:41 pm

Nico wrote:
Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:18 pm
How about 3x3 tuners? I bought Gretsch Electromatic 3x3 tuners (they look like the normal vintage Kluson tuners), I think that I bought them for 25$ a couple years ago. They're great tuners for the money. It'll leave impressions in the back from the old set but that's no big deal on an old beat up Dano.
Yeah, some kind of 3x3 would be needed, or 3 on a plate.
Silly Rabbit, don't you know scooped mids are for kids?

User avatar
maximee
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 909
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:07 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by maximee » Sun Aug 14, 2022 1:58 am

The distance post to post looks to be right.
Knowing you’re a butterbean fan these seem about right:
https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hard ... es-tuners/

They exist in with pretty much all your standard Kluson type peg headshapes. I have the vintage tulip style gold Version on my late 50s Supro.

EDIT: they might be too long… protruding on the low/high e sides…

User avatar
Flurko
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 835
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:05 am
Location: Stroßbùrri
Contact:

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by Flurko » Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:32 am

That would be a great occasion to test out the rarely seen kluson Split-Post 3x3 tuners.

User avatar
johnnysomersett
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5472
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 pm
Location: Old Hampshire, Old England

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by johnnysomersett » Sun Aug 14, 2022 5:42 am

maximee wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 1:58 am
The distance post to post looks to be right.
Knowing you’re a butterbean fan these seem about right:
https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hard ... es-tuners/

They exist in with pretty much all your standard Kluson type peg headshapes. I have the vintage tulip style gold Version on my late 50s Supro.

EDIT: they might be too long… protruding on the low/high e sides…
I could likely make these work...the posts on the skate key ones are all the same height already
Flurko wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:32 am
That would be a great occasion to test out the rarely seen kluson Split-Post 3x3 tuners.
If only such a thing existed :whistle:
Silly Rabbit, don't you know scooped mids are for kids?

User avatar
Flurko
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 835
Joined: Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:05 am
Location: Stroßbùrri
Contact:

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by Flurko » Mon Aug 15, 2022 1:52 pm

johnnysomersett wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 5:42 am
Flurko wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:32 am
That would be a great occasion to test out the rarely seen kluson Split-Post 3x3 tuners.
If only such a thing existed :whistle:

Just look for Kluson Mosrite tuners, such as these (random ebay auction, you'd have to check if the dimensions work out though)

User avatar
MechaBulletBill
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 2649
Joined: Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:16 am
Location: UK

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Aug 15, 2022 1:57 pm

Flurko wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:32 am
That would be a great occasion to test out the rarely seen kluson Split-Post 3x3 tuners.
i ordered some schallers with split posts in 3x3 for an SG. the posts are too short! i should sell them

User avatar
johnnysomersett
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 5472
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:33 pm
Location: Old Hampshire, Old England

Re: Danelectro Skate Key Tuners

Post by johnnysomersett » Mon Aug 15, 2022 8:40 pm

Flurko wrote:
Mon Aug 15, 2022 1:52 pm
johnnysomersett wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 5:42 am
Flurko wrote:
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:32 am
That would be a great occasion to test out the rarely seen kluson Split-Post 3x3 tuners.
If only such a thing existed :whistle:

Just look for Kluson Mosrite tuners, such as these (random ebay auction, you'd have to check if the dimensions work out though)
Ahhhh, I see. I was hunting for on-a-plate types. Didn't think to look for individual ones
Silly Rabbit, don't you know scooped mids are for kids?

Post Reply