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Stratocaster tuning hole spacing?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Sky Bluefeather, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Sky Bluefeather

    Sky Bluefeather TDPRI Member

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    I'm building a strat neck, and I haven't been able to find measurements for the centres of the tuning holes. I need the distance of the first hole from the nut, the distance each hole is from the straight side of the headstock, and the distance each is apart.
     
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  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    assuming you're using Kluson type tuners... buy 'em... they mount butted against each other... so it should be easy to lay 'em out, measure... and have a good time for a few moments with a drill press.

    or. . .

    Ron Kirn

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  3. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Here an American Standard ...

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    The distance of tuner holes from the straight side of the headstock can be altered depending on what tuners you use and how you like them to look.....
     
  4. Sky Bluefeather

    Sky Bluefeather TDPRI Member

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    Sorry, I should have included i'm using Kluson type tuners. Does the tuner type matter when marking out the holes?
     
  5. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Use the attachment here and print out whichever headstock you like at 100% sized. There's your template.

    Cheers,
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    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Generally not, it's just the hole size (or sizes, if you do stepped holes for vintage bushings) that varies with the tuner type, not the spacing. The standard hole spacing places the tuner shafts at the right place so there is straight-line pull through of the strings through the nut slots, and the ~15/16" spacing for the Kluson-style fits most any of the more modern types fine on the back side of the headstock.

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  7. Sky Bluefeather

    Sky Bluefeather TDPRI Member

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    Okay, thanks for the info and the templates!
     
  8. slick4772

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    Maybe I'm crazy - but isn't this a pretty important step to ensure that the cables line up straight from the nut slot to the tuner? In other words - you don't want the strings to angle from the nut to the tuner. They should be straight (align all the way from the bridge to the tuner post). I bought a guitar neck from Musikraft once and once the tuners were installed, the strings got wonky from the nut to the tuners (it was a Frankenstein neck). I don't know what the major contributor is (wrong tuner hole placement - too far in, too close to the edge of the headstock) but I would think that there is some rule of thumb for this.
     
  9. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Well I guess that would depend on the nut width and slot spacing. Obviously it's not mandatory...look at a Les Paul peghead.
     
  10. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Sorry, this is poorly worded. The tuner holes shouldn't move anywhere, rather the straight edge can be pushed out if, like me, you're not keen on the oval buttons sticking out so far....

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  11. slick4772

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    I bought that tool from Stewmac. Precisely because I was afraid the strings would make a left at the nut...
     
  12. Rock-Ola

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    Rule of thumb: the center of the first tuner hole is in line with the edge of the fretboard.
     
  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    And the center of the G-string hole is usually just about exactly on the neck centerline too.
     
  14. JohnnyJumpUp

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    My 1980 Strat w/large headstock and "F" tuners seems to have the the spacing spread just a bit. The .pdf file posted TRefx16 above seems to indicate this is correct, for some models at least. I replaced the originals long ago with locking Sperzels. Now I want a higher ratio and I'm looking at Kluson Revolution F-Mount 19:1 ratio tuning machines for an easy way out. Has anyone used these? Comments?
    I've changed to a different stringing method and no longer need locking.
    A little research to confirm footprint/screw mounting holes and varying post heights. The add says drop-in fit for the reissues but no mention of CBS 70's/early '80's. (They sure did use some dog crap hardware during that period!)
     
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