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Old January 31st, 2009, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Tuner - install questions

I am installing a set of Fender tuners (not vintage style) on a new neck.. the neck does not have the two "locating" pin holes drilled..

Does any one have a cad template at full scale or any suggestions as to how to properly locate these holes - Want the keys to be perpindicular to the neck (on the key side) - The stewmac jig for this is pretty cool, but a little pricey for my tastes.. If I had a good drawing of the locations of these holes to the 3/8" holes in the neck I will make a simple jig myself... long winded I realize but want to get as much info out so you know what I am asking.. also have searched the forums but nothing specific has come up..

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Old January 31st, 2009, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think this idea is from rhomco.

Put all the tuners into the holes. Clamp a straight board along the bottom edge of the tuners to line them all up. Give each tuner a little tap with a wooden mallet to mark the index pin hole locations.

If you used a fence on your drill press it would make aligning the drill bit easier.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks...here is how I accomplished it...

1. put masking tape across the back of the headstock
2. slit holes in the tape over the tuner holes
3. align tuner locating pins to the key side of the headstock with a square
4. installed a tuner into the low and high E string locations
5. pressed firmly down onto the tape/headstock
6. removed tuners and "connected the dots" with a pencil on the masking tape across the dimples on either end
7. using a piece of cardstock, I created a set of marks for each tuner pins for the length and width
8. Moved to each tuner hole and using the template, marked the vertical locations and the spread between pins
9. CAREFULLY determined proper drill diameter, then marked the bit with tape to the correct depth
10. even more carefully, drilled each set of marks
11. Installed tuners in each hole, lined them up using a straight edge across the backs of the tuner castings and tightened each one
12. Wiped the sweat from my forehead
13. got another cup of coffee
14. admired the fact that I didn't ruin a brand new neck


Tip-Measure, look, measure again, look again, go slow, think, slowly pull the trigger and be careful on depth control

and here it is...
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Old July 25th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great info. I'm about to do the same thing here. Anyone know what size drill is good for these pin holes?

Update: Ok, I think it might be a no. 38 drill bit... I found this info on Stewmac.

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