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Osborn BT1

The Osborn HB1/BT1 Machine Head

January 24, 2020 by Alex Storrie in Alex's Blog, Bass Gear

The BT1 is a popular models of the Hipshot bass xtender. (Click HERE if you’ve never heard of an Xtender before) Because it is a direct replacement for the Schaller BML (and obviously the HB1), it fits on a lot of bass guitars. There are two versions; the Regular and Short key. The two sizes are mainly replacements for G&L and Musicman basses respectively. But there’s a third variation of the BT1/HB1 that few know about – the Osborn.

Osborn Version

The BT1 drop-d tuners use a standard Hipshot HB1 plate, clover key and 1/2″ post. However, the Osborn version is reverse wound with a much taller tuning key than the standard Regular Key. They were originally used on the Lakeland Joe Osborn Signature basses; now called the Lakland USA Series 44-60 (Vintage J) bass guitars.

Both the HB1 machine heads and BT1 Xtenders have to be specially ordered from Hipshot. You can Contact Us to order yours!

About Alex Storrie

Owner and Managing Director of BTN Music UK