I call this series of photos “The Death of a Dream”!
Let me explain: many moons ago, I was finding I was having tuning stability trouble with this guitar, a 2007 Custom Shop Ltd Ed. Relic.
I couldn’t find any specific “issues” that were causing the tuning instability, so as an experiment I replaced the stock and heavily relic-ed tuners with a new set of Gotoh Vintage Locking tuners (it’s a direct swap…no need for new holes!), because I had had such a good experience with them on one of my other Strats.
Long story short…they didn’t help. So I decided to put the originals back on. And that process is what we see in the photos above.
Also: one great thing about this guitar is the DARK rosewood. I like all kinds of fret board woods, but dark rosewood is my favourite!