Luthier Reviews

Below is an ongoing list of luthiers that have purchased tuning machines from me and have kindly submitted their comments. I have also inlcuded a link to their Websites.

John Buscarino

John Buscarino

"These tuners are as smooth and precise as rivals costing 4 times as much. I am so impressed with these machine heads and Zeb's service is first rate."

Mike Lyon

Mike Lyon

"Zeb, thank you very much for the three Der Jung tuning machines. I’m pleased and impressed. I’ve been using mostly Rubners and individual Schertler machines on my instruments. The Der Jung’s surface designs are stamped (and enameled) rather than engraved, but they still look great and the tuning action both up and down is smooth and certain. Very good quality machines, especially considering your $35 price! Thank you!"

Jordan Violins

John Jordan

"They look and feel great! Very solid gear meshing with no slop or backlash. Nicely finished in every detail. At least comparable to anything I’ve seen at 4 times the price."

Customer Reviews

These are reviews kindly submitted by customers with attached photos. If you would like to submit a review then contact me and I will send a link to a form you can submit. All reviews welcome no matter whether they are negative or positive.

David Ta

David Dung Quoc Ta

"I give 5 stars for functionality, however all 4 - holding back 1 as I kind of wish they have some carving design on the plates (now that they are mounted :), and that the mounting screws are too long (8 mm from the cap). Normal headstock thickness is about 5 or 6 mm. Thus, an additional effort to trim them is required, better be installed by a tech with the right cutting tool, down to 4 mm something. Overall I still like them as they still look good and work well, the aluminum shaft and teflon bearing features are something to look for."

David G


"I have an old Harmony classical guitar from the mid 60’s that has been sitting untouched for probably 35 years. I wanted to fix it up for my daughter to learn how to play, so I cleaned the guitar up, fixed a crack on the front of the body and reconditioned the very dry fret board. The guitar had a few bent tuning keys and the tuning machines were all loose and felt crappy. I looked online and found some, not too expensive, tuning machines. When I clicked on the link it led me to Zeb’s website. I found some tuning machines that I was interested in, but had a few questions. I decided to call Zeb and see if he could answer my questions. I was a little hesitant to bother a luthier with questions about inexpensive tuning machines, but I called anyway. Zeb didn’t answer, and I didn’t leave a message. It was late in the day and I figured I would try again the next day. About 5 minutes later I got a phone call and it was from Zeb. I explained to Zeb what I was doing and asked my questions and I told him that I felt kind of bad bothering a luthier with novice questions about inexpensive tuning machines. Let me tell you that Zeb is a true gentleman. He explained to me that it was not a bother at all and proceeded to cheerfully and enthusiastically answer all of my questions. We talked a little and decided on the Der Jung 103. I ordered them and a few days later they arrived. I excitedly opened the package and found that the tuning machines arrived nicely packaged and protected from any shipping damage. There was even a nice hand written thank you on the receipt. The DJ 103 tuning machines are very nice quality. I think that they are exceptional quality for the money. Everything felt tight and turned smoothly and they looked nice to. To put it plainly they are about 1000 times better than what came off of the guitar. The tuning machines did not quite fit on my guitar. It is not the fault of the DJ 103s. The barrel holes on my headstock were slightly off. I expected the screw holes to be off, but not the barrel holes. I knew what I had to do to make them fit, but since I have never worked on guitars before, was a little unsure of my self. I decided to call Zeb again and explain what the problem was. Again Zeb happily made himself available to me. I explained what my plan was to make them fit and Zeb reassured me that I was going about it correctly. Happy and confident from talking with Zeb, I proceeded with modifying the guitar. I had to open up the outer barrel holes just slightly for the bearing to fit through. I then had to move the lower barrel hole about 0.5mm further down on the headstock. After getting the tuning machines fitted I then proceeded to the screw holes. The top hole lined up perfectly. The second hole was off by a country mile. That was good because all I had to do was drill a new pilot hole for the screw. The bottom 2 holes were just barely off, so I drilled them out and glued dowels in. After the glue dried, I flushed them up and drilled new pilot holes. After that it was just a matter of screwing in the tuning machines and restringing the guitar. So in summery, For the money I give the DJ 103’s 5 out 5 stars. I am perfectly happy with them and they do what they are supposed to well. As for Zeb I give him 10 out of 5 stars. It was a true pleasure doing business with him. He delivered exceptional customer service that I would expect for a multi thousands of dollar guitar, not $65 tuning machines. Zeb’s attitude and customer service far exceeded my expectations, and truly made me feel like I have a new freind in Tennessee. In this day and age someone like Zeb is a rarity, and is greatly appreciated. Thank you Zeb."

David Ta

Michael Patin

"A 5 for style and function. I was replacing a set of Der Jung tuners (which is one reason I went with these), but for some reason, although the template showed the holes measuring the same, I still had to pilot new holes to mount them, so I knocked a point off. They do have an unusually classy look to them though, and the S4 rollers are smooth and stable. Very happy. See the pic."

David Ta

Scott Zurkuhlen

I replaced the factory tuners on my Yamaha CG-151 with Der Jung. The old tuners were of functional quality but the high E string was particularly sticky at time. The replacement process was very easy, though they were a bit of a tight fit - but no modification to the guitar was required. Very happy with their quality: looks better and tuning is very smooth.