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Johnson MA-100 Mandolin

I need a set of tuning machines for my Johnson MA-100 mandolin, but "standard" tuning machines have posts that are 29/32" between centers, and this mandolin's posts are farther apart -- 15/16" between centers. Doesn't sound like much distance, but standard tuners will not fit. Where can I get a set of tuners that will fit this instrument?

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Go to - stewmac.com: Luthiers Suppliers. They have a "contact us" link and report your problem. They may be able to supply tuners that will fit or offer advice on re-drilling the headstock.

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