In the last post, I mentioned I was not happy with the pseudo-Kluson-style tuner that were on the Silvertone. There are a number of Kluson repros on the market, and most of them are quite good. But whatever ones were on the guitar were awful. They were not smooth, and had a gritty feel when tuning. So I got some Golden Age Restoration Tuners to replace them.
I like the look of these, but they have to go. They're the worst.
There is a Stew-Mac tool to put in or remove bushings. I've used plastic clamps in the past to press new ones in. Maybe I'll spring for the tool at some point, but I usually can remove them easily.
I don't know what type of tuners were on the guitar originally, but either these open-style or the closed Kluson style would be period-correct. I would think that the open ones were more common on Silvertones, since they were cheaper.
I also decided to touch up the silkscreened "Silvertone" logo where it was missing a small tip.
In a Toy Making Dad-esque moment, I used a fine brush and some white acrylic paint. TMD uses acrylics on all his stuff. It's ideal for this kind of touchup. If you make a goof, it comes right off with water.
I really like the hex-style bushings. Martin used these on a lot of pre-war instruments. I think they're cool.
They're beautifully detailed - note the flat plate, the curved tabs, and the little dimple in the middle of the screw slots. Just a perfect repro of old-style Klusons.
The off-white buttons are great looking too.
It looks like Stew-Mac takes the nickel tuners and dips them in some kind of acid for the relic effect. They look old, but they're brand new. Pretty cool.
The tuners really give a great period vibe to the guitar.
They work absolutely great, too. They have a nice 15:1 ratio, and are super smooth.
The posts are also nice and tall - some repros have short posts that make it hard to get a lot of string on.
These look like they've been on the guitar for 50 years.