Could you post some pics from front, side, and back of headstock?
I am thinking of getting these for my Starfire which has massive neck dive.
I emailed hipshot. There are two versions: the Korean made and the USA made. the Korean made are the ones called licensed. They said the only difference is the tolerances aren't quite as tight on the Korean ones but most people can't tell.
I replaced my original tuners on my Starfire recently. I also added the hipshot ultralites in mine. I had to use a 1/2" drill bit to widen the holes enough. Then a touch of sanding. My A string tuner had been slipping since I bought it off of Edwin. I did it partly because I was sick of it a because I eventually want all black hardware on it. I haven't had much time to get used to the tuners though as I dropped it off shortly after to get a new bridge installed.
I think it looks nice (even though the back looks like a literal trainwreck lol). I was a bit nervous drilling a new hole for the E string. But that headstock is definitely stable and strong even though it doesn't look like it.
Thanks for posting those pictures! I don't know where to get them from. Hipshot store is not working. And online sellers don't specify if they are USA made or Korean licensed versions. Some Of the pictures of the tuner bases simply say hipshot, hipshot USA, or nothing. So I don't know which are which unless it says usa in the pic. Some of the pictures don't have anything stamped into the base. But the description says they are not reversible which means they should be USA versions. So confusing!
Anyway, they look real nice and I bet they save on a lot of weight. I have read some reviews about how nicely they work compared to some stock tuners.
And frono I agree, I really should trim those. I have a friend whose guitar is always like that except 5 times longer. Gotta watch your eyeballs.