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A neat trick for drilling perfectly centered holes in guitar tuners Trade Secrets! Issue 159 March 01, 2012
A neat trick for drilling perfectly centered holes in guitar tuners
Dan Erlewine shows how to put a round peg in a square hole, literally. Check out this handy drilling idea, and you'll probably find lots of uses for it in your shop.
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-1691
Banjo 5th Peg Drill Jig Instructions
How to locate and drill a 5th peg mounting hole for banjo.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Filing tuners to make them fit
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Trade Secrets! Issue 269 August 25, 2016
Filing tuners to make them fit
The tuners on this Kay Speed Demon are nearly 50 years old, and they're worn out. The old tuners are 6-in-line, but not Fender spacing. Matt Brooker shows how he's modifying the replacement tuners to fit the guitar.
Fixing a 1965 Gibson Firebird with holes in its head! Trade Secrets! Issue 167 June 21, 2012
Fixing a 1965 Gibson Firebird with holes in its head!
Dan Erlewine fills holes in the peghead of a 1965 Gibson Firebird.
Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Instructions Product Instructions I-1709
Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Instructions
How to use the Guitar Screw Rescue Kit to remove small damaged screws.
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-2070
Guitar Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
Tuner installation instructions using the Guitar Tuner Drill Jig.
Homemade bushing puller to protect the peghead Trade Secrets! Issue 216 May 08, 2014
Homemade bushing puller to protect the peghead
Dan Erlewine needs to pull the tuner grommets/bushings from the peghead of this old Gibson. The lacquer is already damaged, and pulling the bushings can yank finish off too. Dan rigs a jig that holds the finish down while the bushing comes up.
How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners Trade Secrets! Issue 213 March 27, 2014
How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners
Dirty tuners filled with dried gunk: Dan Erlewine's working on a guitar that's been sitting untouched for over fifty years. The tuners are too stiff to use, but he gets them going again by using heat, naphtha and an injection of lubricant. He makes a nifty little tuner-holder jig, too.
How to install a Fender style (bolt-on) neck Trade Secrets! Issue 31 May 24, 2007
How to install a Fender style (bolt-on) neck
Erick Coleman shows the steps involved in replacing a Fender-style neck, with tips for tuner installation, truss rod adjustment, and correctly positioning the neck.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install six-in-line tuners
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Trade Secrets! Issue 241 April 23, 2015
How to install six-in-line tuners
Six tuners lined up perfectly straight, and no chips in the finish.
The last step in building this beautiful electric guitar is installing the tuners.
Brazilian luthier Rod Gomes visited Dan Erlewine's shop to show how he does it.
Lubricating guitar tuners Trade Secrets! Issue 20 March 08, 2007
Lubricating guitar tuners
This week, we're in Dan's Guitar Garage for a Tune-up Special: how to clean and lube old guitar tuners, and get them working smoothly again.
Making new tuners look vintage Trade Secrets! Issue 17 February 15, 2007
Making new tuners look vintage
This week, Erick Coleman shows how to add 50 years in 30 minutes: he makes a new set of tuners look like they've been around since the 1950s!
Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-5008
Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
Tuner installation instructions using the Mandolin Tuner Drill Jig.
Plugging old tuner holes on the back of the peghead Trade Secrets! Issue 27 April 26, 2007
Plugging old tuner holes on the back of the peghead
When installing new tuners leaves old screwholes showing on the back of your peghead, here a 1-2-3 step method for making them disappear.
Repairing a broken-off tuner screw Trade Secrets! Issue 181 January 03, 2013
Repairing a broken-off tuner screw
In this Trade Secrets video, Dan Erlewine extracts and replaces a broken screw in a Fender peghead.
Replacing damaged tuner knobs Trade Secrets! Issue 14 January 25, 2007
Replacing damaged tuner knobs
This week, Dan's got a 1957 Les Paul Junior in his shop. It hasn't been out of the case in 25 years, and the tuners are unusable. Here's how to put new knobs on old tuners.
Rugged and road-ready: replacing skimpy parts Trade Secrets! Issue 143 July 07, 2011
Rugged and road-ready: replacing skimpy parts
Erick Coleman finds that a 1970s Hondo is really well built, but the parts weren't road-ready. A couple of fixes, and this guitar's ready to tour the world!
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg Trade Secrets! Issue 53 January 24, 2008
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg
Todd Sams shows how he sets up a banjo 5th string using railroad spikes, a block of wood, and a camless clamp.
Slotted Peghead Drill Jig Product Instructions I-3898
Slotted Peghead Drill Jig
How to use the Slotted Peghead Drill Jig to install classical and steel string tuners.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes
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Trade Secrets! Issue 235 January 29, 2015
Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes
These classical tuners aren’t turning freely — they’re sticking. The holes for the tuner barrels were never drilled quite right, so Dan Erlewine re-drills them, using our Tuning Machine Drill Jig for Slotted Pegheads.
String Mounting Instructions for Locking Guitar Tuning Machines Product Instructions I-1954
String Mounting Instructions for Locking Guitar Tuning Machines
Instructions for stringing Locking guitar Tuning Machines.
Tuner Bushing Press Instructions Product Instructions I-0460
Tuner Bushing Press Instructions
An overview of how to install and remove tuner bushings with the Tuner Bushing Press.
Tuner Pin Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-4857
Tuner Pin Drill Jig Instructions
How to install tuners with set pins (as opposed to screws) with the Tuner Pin Drill Jig.
Unusual transplant: 12-string guitar tuners save a mandolin Trade Secrets! Issue 138 April 28, 2011
Unusual transplant: 12-string guitar tuners save a mandolin
Erick Coleman can't find tuners to fit a Martin mandolin -- so he modifies 12-string tuners to do the job!
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Upgrading guitar tuners: what you need to know
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Trade Secrets! Issue 261 May 05, 2016
Upgrading guitar tuners: what you need to know
Will you need to drill holes in your guitar if you put new tuners on it? How do you figure out which tuners are an easy fit, and which require more work? What about keeping the old tuners for resale value? We get questions, and Erick Coleman has answers.
Vintage Tuner Knobs Product Instructions I-4004
Vintage Tuner Knobs
Instructions for installing replacement Vintage Tuner Knobs, including how to remove old tuner knobs.
Waverly Mandolin Machines Product Instructions I-6050
Waverly Mandolin Machines
Tips for installing Waverly mandolin tuning machines.
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg Product Instructions I-3452
Waverly Planetary 5th Peg
How to install a Waverly Planetary 5th String Peg.
Waverly Tuner Drill Jig Instructions Product Instructions I-4858
Waverly Tuner Drill Jig Instructions
For Waverly Guitar Machines
Waverly upgrade: replacing the factory tuners on your Martin Trade Secrets! Issue 56 March 06, 2008
Waverly upgrade: replacing the factory tuners on your Martin
Erick Coleman responds to a question in the online lutherie forums: What's involved in replacing Martin factory tuners with a new set of Waverly machines?
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Why Golden Age Restoration Tuners are Perfect for this Old Mandolin
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Why Golden Age Restoration Tuners are Perfect for this Old Mandolin
Period-correct spacing and the proper look! Dan Erlewine explains why our Restoration Tuners were the perfect choice for this old Regal mandolin.