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Should tuners fit snugly in the headstock?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by WilburBufferson, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. WilburBufferson

    WilburBufferson Friend of Leo's

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    I know we are talking fractions here, but would it be better if the tuner shaft makes direct contact with the surrounding wood of each hole in the headstock? I am replacing some tuners on an old Ibanez semi-hollow with some locking Grovers. The replacements will pop right in without the need to ream the hole. They're not swimming around in there, but not making positive contact either. I think that the bushing nut and single screw will keep things steady. Should I call it a day?
     
  2. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The bushing nut certainly helps, but they'll likely develop a very slight 'lean' over time, from string tension. Whether this is a problem depends on how loose they are. Also, your alternate options may be limited.
     
  3. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Afflicted

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    Call it a day :).

    You don't say whether the bushings are press-in or screw-in, but it really doesn't make any difference. The tuner posts are captured within the bushing, and the bushing is what gives them the support they need.

    I usually use the vintage tuners, and use the old way of installing them which requires a stepped hole. Most folks just drill an 11/32" hole to accept the bushing, and call it a day, but I still drill a stepped hole - 11/32" on the face side where the bushing goes, and a smaller 1/4" hole on the backside which fits the 1/4" diameter tuner post shaft.

    Is it necessary? No, but it makes me feel like I'm doing a better job ;).

    It does give the shaft a little extra support right at the base, but I'm not really convinced that it "adds" anything to the installation except some extra time and labor.

    It sounds like you've got a handle on it :).

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  4. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    He says 'bushing nut', so I read that as not press-fit. Also, maybe I'm wrong, but I think he's saying that the bushing has play in the hole. If the complaint were play in the shaft itself, it'd be a LOT of play :lol:.
     
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