Locking Tuners – You’re Doing It Wrong!

Locking tuners are a great feature to have on a guitar – they grip the string inside the post so that there’s no chance of it slipping while you play, keeping that particular ailment from disrupting your tuning. The problem is, this only works if you use them right. I see players all the time not using them the way they are meant to be used, and then complaining that they are deriving no benefit from the locking aspect, and therefore see no effective difference between traditional and locking tuners.

So in order to clear up any confusion, I made this video. If you’ve been doing it right, I apologize for the implication. But I see so many guitarists blowing it that I felt the need to make a PSA.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.