Gotoh 6-in-line tuner oval knob falling out

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  1. omlove

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    I got a replacement Classic Player 50s Strat neck with locking tuners. If information online from my research are correct, these are Gotoh Locking and the same as:

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_an...cking_Vintage_Oval_Knob_6-In-Line_Tuners.html

    The problem is one knob is really wobbling and two are slightly wobbling. So I pulled them with my bare fingers, firm but not reaaaaaaly hard and the knobs are pulled out.

    I can push them back in but they are still wobbling. There doesn't seem to be a tight lock inside the oval button.

    I am thinking of superglue but those are polished metal parts and very smooth. I'm wondering how that will work.

    Also perhaps I need a stronger clap to push the knob back in? I'm afraid to damage the pole though.

    Your thoughts and shared experience are much appreciated.
     
  2. G.Rotten

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    Can you include pictures?
     
  3. omlove

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    Sure. Please see the picture attached
     

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    Edit: ah, that isn't good. Not sure with that. Might be - buy a new one.
     
  5. EsquireOK

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    Try any of the variety of heavy duty resin-type glues on the market. E.g. no-name epoxy, J-B Kwik, etc. It won't be bulletproof, but it might last a while, and save you from having to buy new tuners in the immediate future.
     
  6. tweedman2001

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    I had that happen with a CS 52 Relic Tele and ended up using Gorilla Glue because it expands as it cures. It's activated by moisture so I dampened the parts before assembly. Three years later and it's still holding. Good luck.
     
  7. omlove

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    I just ran out to the hardware store before it closes and got a bottle of Gorilla superglue, it says "Clean and Dry Surfaces to Be Bonded". Could you please elaborate a little on the "activated by moisture" part? Thanks.
     
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    Original Gorilla Glue not the super glue. Too many varieties now LOL. Super glue does not expand.

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  9. G.Rotten

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    I'm late coming back to this post. Looks like you've got your answer though.

    I'll say, that I've seen a knob come off a Kluson Style tuner before. Even when hit it usually just bends the post. If it's a used neck & tuners, then you're on your own, but if new that's a warranty issue for sure.

    I bought a guitar that already had those tuners on it (obviously many years old), they seemed like good tuners.

    If you end up replacing them, consider these. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listing/B07MZWCT83/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    I ordered a set around 6 months ago & they were literally $41. CAD all in. Have had no issues whatsoever & have already bought another set.
     
  10. omlove

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    Thanks. I did go ahead with Gorilla superglue last night and we will see how the knobs hold up on to the posts in the long run:)

    I only used a tiny amount of glue but on the first try there's already some squeeze out so I think the air gap inside the knobs are minimal. If that fails, I will try your original Gorilla expansion methods. Thanks.
     
  11. omlove

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    It holds up well after 24 hours of undisturbed bonding and then rigorously turning motion with restring winder:)
     
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