Firebird banjo tuners.

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  1. HurricaneJesus

    HurricaneJesus Member

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    So I just picked up a Firebird I from a friend of mine. Awesome guitar. Love the sound, love the look, love the weight, it plays great but....I can't seem to wrap my head around the tuners. Bass strings are fine but the treble strings just don't seem to want to stay in there really. It's better if I use a ton of wraps but I don't really like doing that...any suggestions?
     
  2. rog951

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    :munch

    I'll be watching this thread with great anticipation as I'm about to attempt my first string change on the Firebird V!
     
  3. 8Painting

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    Make sure youve got enough slack.

    yeah, theyre a pain in the ass.

    Just make sure you get plenty of extra string through it, make a bend in it, wrap it around, then whatever is left, snip it off.
     
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    what gauge strings are you using? i hear all the time that people can't keep their firebirds in tune. i've had mine for about 6 months now and it stays in tune just as good as every other guitar i've owned. i play .11's. maybe that's the ticket?
     
  5. sleepingtiger

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    I use 9's on all mine & no issues. If they're old, they just might be worn out & need replacing.

    Tony
     
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    I had one a few years back - a new Custom Shop model. Never had any tuning issues at all with D'Addario 9's.
     
  7. 8Painting

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    I've got 9's, no problems.
     
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    i used those steingbergers on my firebird. the original tuners didnt seem to stay in tune well. the steinbergers were amazing. and so accurate!
    i would play a whole and barely have to tunr with those things:AOK
     
  9. rog951

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    Do you need to do any drilling to install the Steinbergers?
     
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    Don't let these steinberger guys try and get you, I think some minor drilling is involved.

    But seriously consider looking up ways to keep your guitar in tune without replacing the tuners so fast, i.e. nut lube, proper string stretching etc.

    Mine, and TONS of others work literally, just fine.
     
  11. rog951

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    Thanks man. I'd only swap them as a last resort. For certain, a drill bit will not be going anywhere near my F'bird's headstock, so I'm not even beginning to consider a tuner swap until I know the answer to that one! ;) I got the guitar a couple months back and I still haven't had time to change the previous owner's grubby strings. I'm 90% + sure the tuning issues I'm having are coming from the old strings.
     
  12. HurricaneJesus

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    I'm just gonna try the method 8painting suggested. Seems like it'll clear up my problem. Next step is the bridge.
     
  13. Mattbedrock

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    Mine stay in tune fine with 9's.
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  14. Birdy

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    Through the hole at 45 degrees at a right angle to the nut, sharp pull towards the end of the headstock, tuck it under and pull again, keep tension on the string at the nut and wind up the excess....2 wraps max.

    Haven't used one of those string winder thingys on any of my guitars for years....no slips ever. My Firebird V is the easiest guitar(for me) to restring.
     
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    Just fine is just that,,,,,just fine.

    A Yugo may get you someplace just fine, but a Ferrari would be beyond just fine

    If you have not yet compared them side by side (Stock banjo tuners vs. Steinberger)
    give yourself a treat and do your own taste test.

    Remember, good is good but better is better

    amc
    Words to live by............
     
  17. Bloozman

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    Stock Tuners work fine for me..In fact, I like me better then those gearless ones that I have on my anniversary Flying V. When I 1st got my Bird, the nut needed a little work. maybe thats the problem?..
     

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