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Telecaster Contemporary Kahler Tremolo

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Shwoody, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Shwoody

    Shwoody TDPRI Member

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    Jan 12, 2019
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Hello,

    I have a MIJ Telecaster Contemporary. I believe it's an '86 but can't remember for sure.
    It has the original Kahler tremolo on it. On one string, the female threads in the tremolo for the fine tuning peg are stripped out. The peg itself is fine.

    I'd like to stick a heli-coil in there to keep the guitar original but I cannot figure out what the the thread pitch is. It's very fine whatever it is. Doesn't seem like any familiar machine screw thread.

    Anyone have any ideas? I can post pictures if there are multiple possibilities.

    Woody
     
  2. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    It's most likely a metric size and thread, you need a metric thread gauge. You can find them at your local hardware store or tool store. As for the Heli-Core, the best place I found to get them is a Genuine Auto Parts store or Napa Auto Parts.
     
  3. Scottz

    Scottz Tele-Meister

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    May 18, 2018
    Littleton CO
    We need pics! Of the whole guitar that is.
     
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  4. Shwoody

    Shwoody TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    Jan 12, 2019
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Appreciate the response. It is a metric thread. We have an ACE here in town with a great selection of nuts and bolts. I was able to match a nut to the tuning peg. For anyone that may have this problem (I think it's a common problem) the thread pitch is M3 x 0.50mm.
    Ordered a kit with multiple thread inserts from China for $13 shipped. I don't love buying from China but sometimes it's worth it.

    I'll attach a picture in a little bit. It's a pretty cool guitar! Well made and plays nice. Picked it up off Craigslist a couple years ago for $475. It has a couple dings but the price seemed very reasonable.
     
  5. Shwoody

    Shwoody TDPRI Member

    Age:
    23
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    Jan 12, 2019
    Colorado Springs, CO
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