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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:55 pm 
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What is a good machine head spacing for 12 string. I have a harmony that is 4.6" ish. I'm thinking more like 5" ish.
I'm using Schaller 506a mini. Is there a string winder out there that works on 12 strings?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:06 am 
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I used vintage style Klusons like on a strat on one I did. So 4 11/16ths seems to work well for those.

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I used 5" with minis, comfy spacing.

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I think that 4.61 (0.922 between posts) is pretty common for the industry. Both StewMac's six on a plate paddle head and slot head tuners use that spacing, I did on both of my 12 strings

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I used mini Grovers on mine and happen to hate the big washers, I would change the tuners but there is already an imprint in the lacquer. I think I can get my little plastic string winder between the knobs, but I honestly don't find stringing or tuning either guitar the hassle that people seem to think it is.

I did make drilling jigs for both guitars - it was very important on the slot head to have the spacing exact so there wouldn't be any binding

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Last comment - the paddle head is an OM body and long Martin scale, it (barely) fits in a standard case - if the head was any longer it would require a custom case. The slot head is a very long scale 000 and did require a custom case. Just one of those minor things that I like to think about before I start building.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:42 pm 
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thanks all. I've gone with 5.125. cause I find the standard ones hard to tune so close together. mines a 12th fret at the body so it may look a bit oversize but it fit's in the case.

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