Tuner bushings too small

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  1. NorthenLights

    NorthenLights TDPRI Member

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    I was going to install tuners in a new neck I've been working on, but it turns out that the holes in the head stock (10mm) are to wide for the bushings (a bit under 9mm). I guess I could just buy new bushings that are a bit bigger, but I was wondering if anyone crafty had some trick to make the ones I already have fit.
     
  2. wabashslim

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    Wrap narrow strips of something around them...foil, copper shielding, whatever. I just suggest something hard as opposed to tape to avoid squishiness.
     
  3. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    You need conversion bushings- Kluson and Allparts make them.
     
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    What brand?
     
  5. NorthenLights

    NorthenLights TDPRI Member

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    That was a really nice idea! I'll try it out.

    Not too sure, but they're vintage kluson style and "japan" is written underneath them. I'm guessing they're from a japanese fender.
     
  6. skunqesh

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    Maybe Fill and ReDrill? - use plugs of the same wood material, glue in, and carefully re drill to the size desired. 1-2mm of 'ring' would likely be covered by the bushing top.

    This would be more time consuming, but give you a solid fit
     
  7. schmee

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    I've used green masking tape and it works. Ugh. Once everything is tight you'd never know.
     
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    Just buy new ones. I've tried a lot of fixes to this problem over the years. Some worked better than others. Most were ugly. One resulted in a badly chipped headstock veneer on a D-28.

    Just buy new ones.
     
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  9. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    We used to use thinwall brass tubing (sometimes one section inside the next larger size).

    Back then we had such a limited selection of conversion bushings. We had no choice. I spent more on the tubing than the conversions would cost me now.

    At first, I tried resilient material. Plastic tubing; cloth tape. Plugged in at lower volumes, you could actually tell. Turned up? Nope.
     
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  10. Crashbelt

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    I've used conversion bushings - simple and effective.
     
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  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I hear you.

    This is the problem, converting something like a Gibson Melody Maker to the Gotoh Splits 3x3s. The conversion bush covers only so much. Some of the old black headstock face has already been marred by those cheap, Chinese plastic machines the guitar comes stock with. But for me, the startling improvement in intonation, tuning stability and overall function made the choice something I would do again and again.
     
  12. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    They sound like what we call "Gotoh Splits". They are part # TK 0880 in the Allparts catalog and they're the best value for money that's out there. I buy them in lots of 10 or so sets, per box. Some guitar parts, I used to buy, I've lost interest in - but never these.
     
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