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How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners


Issue 213 March 27, 2014

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.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a 1954 Gibson ES-175. It's only had one owner; he bought it new in '54, put it in a closet for fifty years and has just gotten it out to play again!
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkOne-owner Gibson ES-175: fifty-four years in the closet takes its toll!
  • checkmarkReviving Kluson Deluxe tuners
  • checkmarkGentle heat followed by a naphtha bath washes them out
  • checkmarkWhy you shouldnGÇÖt oil the tuners on the peghead
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Behlen Naphtha Solvent
General purpose cleaner that's useful in all aspects of instrument repair.
Glue Brush
A versatile metal-handled brush that's the right size for routine instrument gluing jobs.
Mixing Cups
1-ounce plastic mixing cups, graduated for precisely measuring and mixing stains.
     
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Pipettes
Useful in every shop when gluing, finishing, more!
Tri-Flow Pin Point Lubricator
Luthiers' favorite for lubricating tuners, tools and metal guitar hardware.
StewMac Stringwinder
Great price! Fits your cordless screwdriver, too.
     
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