I have recently changed tuners on my 2008 PRS Custom 10-Top 24 with birdinlays, due to worn tuners model phase II, which is original to the guitar. First, I invested in the same and swapped them, but did not feel that the new nor was so "accurate" as I desired. Have had a PRS Custom -92 with winged tuners and they were very accurate as I remember them. Asked on various forums, including the PRS own technical forum, what would distinguish between phase II and, the more recent, phase III of the measure and fit before the exchange. However, no sensible answer more than a screw hole on the back would be visible after the change. None of the other dimensions, length thickness, etc., which settled the matter. Decided to try it, then this is a real "player", a little worn and I'm not allergic, as some seem to be. Ordered from Thomann and BOT out my existing, without problems. However you can drill extra holes, two for each strain screw, then the more recent Phase III has two screw holes and the old are not suitable to use. Have tested these hard Pase III and is more than happy to see that these "cuts like butter" very accurate both to sue down towards the checkpoint and upwards when to tune the guitar. Recommended for replacement of most suitable sizes as these are very cool with their open backs, so you can see and have Control over the "mechanism".
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I've got the Phase III Locking Tuner on my 513 from 2011. According to the catalog, they should have Phase II, but there were already a few models already in 2011 that had this open phase III. Visually, they look very good. And with the function there is also no complaint. The manufacturer is by the way Gotoh. I recently bought a new guitar, which had Sperzel Trim-Lok as clamping mechanisms. I had their case on the back of the headboard too chunky. The advantage of the Sperzels is that you do not need any tools to clamp the strings. Since I am extremely satisfied with the Phase III of my PRS, it seemed to me to be a very good alternative for the new guitar.
The assembly went very simply in my case, the holes are for Sperzel as well as PRS 10 mm. The phase III is inserted through impact sleeves, on the back of the head plate they are fixed with two screws. And the phase III enclosure is pleasingly concealing the blind hole, which was to be drilled for the fixation pin of the Sperzel Tuner.
The PRS Phase III tuners have their price, no question. The open construction looks very appealing, the clamping is easy to implement with a 2 cent coin, the ratio ratio is 14: 1 very fine. In short, quality has its price.
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