September 21st, 2004, 04:09 PM
I want to remove the tuner bushes from an all maple neck.
How do I do this without damaging the neck/headstock? :?
Thanks in advance
September 21st, 2004, 05:02 PM
Take the tuners out. Turn the neck over and lay it down on a soft cloth. Take a piece of hardwood dowel that is small enough to fit inside the tuner hole, but large enough to sit on the end of the bushings. Place the dowel in the hole against the bushing. Take a rubber mallet and tap the dowel lightly to push the bushing out the front of the neck.
September 21st, 2004, 06:36 PM
Peter, I use this method for extracting tight bushings. With tuners removed and using a screwdriver...four-point Phillips preferred or any metal rod that will fit in that hole with some small amount of slack...rotate the rod at an angle in the bushing. Surprisingly, this will cause the bushing to gently work its way out. With stubborn bushings and especially on vintage guitars, this gentle extraction method will limit the possibility of damaging the lacquer.
The rod or screwdriver should be inserted from the top of the peghead not the back.
September 23rd, 2004, 12:50 PM
I do it the same way Wally describes. It works well. If the bushings are stubborn, just be patient. There are times when I've heated 'em a little with a soldering iron, but you must be conscious of scarring the wood. As Dan E says - practice on scrap if'n you're not sure about something.
September 23rd, 2004, 03:59 PM
They're out and much easier than I thought.
Very best regards