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Homemade bushing puller to protect the peghead

Issue 216 May 08, 2014

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 invents a way to hold the finish down while the bushing comes up.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a Gibson EH-150 steel guitar from 1938. This one has seven strings, which makes it a bit of a rare bird.
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  • checkmarkA simple jig that keeps old finish from pulling up
  • checkmarkPressing out the bushing with a clamp and short bolt
  • checkmarkA draftsman's template helps chisel a hex shape
  • checkmarkSafety tip for drilling acrylic
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
1920s-style Tuner Bushings
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Swivel Handle Clamp
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Micro Chisels
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