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Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Upgrading guitar tuners: what you need to know
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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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to install six-in-line tuners
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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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Sticky guitar tuners: redrilling the peg holes
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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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
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Issue 221 July 17, 2014
Fixing fret buzz: raising the saddles
A P-Bass with fret buzz: Dan Erlewine fixes his brother’s bass, and answers the question, “To get rid of this fret buzz, should I adjust the saddles or the truss rod?”
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, Homemade bushing puller to protect the peghead
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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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, How to clean and lube dirty old guitar tuners
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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.
Watch the Trade Secrets Video, No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
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Issue 187 March 28, 2013
No-cost tools for shaping Martin guitar bridges
Two do-it-yourself tools that I've been using for years to shape the bridges on Martins: I show you how to make one in a jiffy, and there's a free downloadable plan for the other one! -- Dan Erlewine

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