Do you lube your vintage style tuners?

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Do you lube your vintage style tuners?

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  1. Fretting out

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    as the title implies

    I myself do, I have a bottle of lube with a needle tip that fits perfectly in the hole in the back of those tuners

    Is there any reason to do/not do this?
     
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    I use lithium grease and a small syringe.
     
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    Every 4th string change they get a small shot of Big Bends Nut Sauce
     
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    You can also do it on enclosed ones by squirting WD40 into the shaft. I only do it if one of them is not turning smoothly.
     
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    Uh-oh better not let anyone see you use WD40! ;)

    There’s a big anti-WD40 group around here
     
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    I also wouldn't use it in potentiometers and switches.
     
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    WD40 is not a lubricant. It washes away any grease in the tuner, leaves a horrid sticky deposit behind when it evaporates and melts plastics.
     
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    Beagle is right. If you lube, go to a jewelry shop. They'll have the right stuff. WD40= door jambs, hinges not
    guitars. NEVER.
     
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    I don't think I have any tuning machines with plastic gears.
     
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    Many tuners have plastic bushes and washers that you can't see. WD40 is designed to displace water.
     
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    Uh oh. I don't and I probably should do. I am about to change tuners on my Strat after 25 yesrs service, as they have become a bit stiff and grindy... now I'm wondering if they just need a bit of grease? Hmm.
     
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    I’d give it a try, sometimes they need completely disassembled then lubed but I don’t think it would hurt to give it a try, I think all parts actually sells a tuner lube that comes in a bottle with a needle so you can get in the back, I got some lube from the guitar store, I think it’s used for drum hardware but so far so good
     
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  13. J. Bonkosky

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    I never have lubericated Gotoh or Kluson style tuners. But I can see both have a synthetic high temperature Non melting lubricant that should last decades. I wouldn’t bother lubricating these tuners with anything except a similar product to what was used from the factory.
    I would recommend avoiding light oils (sewing machine oil, gun oil, engine oil, etc...). Lighter oils will leak into the surrounding wood and over time And may damage the finish or the wood. They will also collect dust and compound any sticking tuner issues. WD40 will in some instances damage plastics as it does contain primarily solvent. Also not great for a finish if left on. In the end it is your stuff, do with it what you like. YMMV
     
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    So far I haven't felt the need to. I would tho, but not with WD-40.
     
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    If it is on a stewmac tutorial I would follow that. Vaseline is great stuff and inexpensive. I would also look at Loctite #36781 (NLGI #2 rated with a 500 degree dropping point) or superlube synthetic multi purpose grease with Teflon. I use the superlube on my ratchets for work. That stuff stays put very well and resists wash out with solvent.
     
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    I have been playing 35 years, never oiled my tuners, and never had the need. But if your tuners are feeling rusty, sure, why not. Just make sure it is safe for plastic. I have a Teflon grease syringe for plastic that I'd use for that.
     
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    I have an aerosol can of spray lubricant 'with vaseline'. I squirted this in through the small holes in the back of the tuner. Much much better - this thread made my day! :D
     
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    Pure vaseline is a superb tuner grease. WD40 not, because it‘s no grease :D
    It‘s a good idea to lubricate your Kluson style tuners for sure. Too much won‘t hurt, too less means bad working.
     
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