starting to get annoyed with the wiggly and unstable stock tuners on my TRBX174 - what is a reasonable brand/model of tuner replacement? and, what is the size of tuner i am looking for for this bass?
I have noticed this mostly on the E string on mine. I’ll be interested in what people suggest for this.
A quick Google shows Gotoh GB707 Compact tuners will work with a TRBX 174. Amazon sells them. Other places, too, I’m sure.
i guess to be more clear i think what i am asking is: what is the measurement i am looking for that will fit my bass? is it the peg diameter? bore? and then i assume a screw hole pattern? can i put non-compact tuners on? i can pull one of the tuners off and measure but im not sure what i am measuring for. and then also what is considered a good brand? do not want to replace mediocre hardware with other mediocre hardware.
Gotoh makes good quality tuners.
For a different brand, contact Hipshot.
Hipshot makes licensed and USA-made tuning machines and they can answer all your questions.
Bore matters if you don’t want to bore it bigger. Slightly smaller can be accommodated but too small no dice. I’ve used Teflon tape to make up a mm or so. So bore generally matters.
Post has to fit in the bore but bore is based on ferrule dimension not post. Measure bore and look for ferrules that fit. You will need a round something you can hit with a hammer to get the ferrule out. It’s fairly easy.
Screw holes matter if you don’t want to drill, you most likely will have to. Fender and a few other brands have direct swap offerings from other mfg’s but not much else. Covering existing holes is a plus.
Yes, pull it off. It’s fine. Get a caliper on Amazon. It’s worth it.
Gotoh, Hipshot, are my faves.
Grover Schaller are good too
I agree with @MikeC ,
I replaced the tuners on my Yamaha rbx 200
With Gotoh tuners, simple swap out👍
To answer your original question I would say to try contacting Yamaha parts department directly and ask them about other tuners. I have always found them to be very cooperative and price competitive on parts
Purchasing a set of good tuners that are costing 1/3 the price of the Bass you have seems a bit radical to me. Then if you upgrade the pickups you have just doubled the initial cost of the Bass.
If it was me and I was planning on sticking with playing Bass I would seriously consider upgrading the Bass. You have other options in the TRBX lineup if you like Yamaha. The TRBX304 and TRBX504 come to mind.
Great point @Al1885 ! The 504 would be my solve here
totally get what you are saying and of course that makes perfect sense.
but, if i wanted to spend money rationally and logically, i would not have gotten into bass . i want to upgrade the tuners as much for the experience of doing so as well as having them work better, so to me around $50 or so is not that big of a deal. however i will not spend what looks like at least $120+ for hipshots.
TRBX174 seems like a fine bass to mod if you love the thing and go in understanding that modding doesn’t really increase resale value much.
Good tuners aren’t cheap.
Go big or stay home on modding is my thought.
I own both.
Big upgrade in the electronics on the 504 IMHO.
Absolutely correct. Either do it, or don’t.
Again, Gotoh makes quality tuners. They are a good option.
But if you like your bass, and you want to cure its problem, ante up the bread and buy once, cry once.
Isn’t that the truth
When I upgraded from the 304 to the 504 I looked at modding the 304 but it was just not worth it in my opinion. Now the 304 is my backup Bass.
I think modding is a whole different realm unto itself and that is all well and fine as long as you realize it can be a very deep, and expensive, rabbit hole to go down. You seem to have a handle on this aspect though.
Top notch, yeah. Potentially better than Hipshot.
The part price to bass price ratio can work both ways. If a cheap bass has a good fretboard, weight and color … I’m fine doubling the cost with upgrades and ending up with nicer parts than would be on a mid-priced bass.
The absolute no question about best tuners I have ever experienced are on my ‘72 Rick.
Kluson. Smoothest dreamiest there are.
No idea I’d they are still as outstanding but man, these are.
I replaced the tuners on my Sire U5 with Hipshot USA Ultralites for $120+. They are totally worth it to me and make a great bass better.
I have Gotoh tuners on an acoustic steel-string guitar that was handmade for me years ago. They are great tuners.
Wow, they have a lot of varieties to sort out!