Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes

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Issue 235 January 29, 2015

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.

About the guitar in this video: This classical guitar was hand made in the 1960s. It was a gift from the maker to his wife (now his widow, unfortunately). After storing it for many years, she brought the guitar to Dan’s shop to get it playing again.

In this Trade Secrets video:
  • A tool that didn’t exist when this guitar was made: our Tuner Drill Jig
  • Modifying a string winder for classical tuner keys
  • Masking tape to keep from drilling too deep

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