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Help please-press in tuner bushings

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by ChrisB, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. ChrisB

    ChrisB Member

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    What is the best way to install the Kluson press in tuner bushings on a Les Paul without having to use too much force?

    Thanks
     
  2. John Phillips

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    You do have to use quite a lot of force, the trick is to do it in a controlled manner.

    I use two pieces of wood (softwood behind headstock, hardwood over the bushing) and a G clamp. You'll feel like you need four hands the first time you do it but it's quite easy to get the hang of.
     
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    Good idea, I will try that. Cheers John
     
  4. Jack Briggs

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    Chris, if you have access to a drill press, that can do the work very easily and quickly. Just put a 1/2" dowel in the drill chuck as a drift and go nice and easy. Piece of pie! ;)
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. :AOK

    I used a G-clamp, a piece of soft wood underneath and a little vaseline and it worked great. (No sniggering in the back there...:p )

    Was a little nervous as I was waiting for the horrible sound of splitting wood with each turn...

    Thanks again.
     
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    I use a reamer, and take 1/2 turns until just the tip of the bushing will start into the headstock, then use the clamp method as above. It takes a bit of the "fear of splitting" out of the process. BE CAREFUL! A half turn can remove plenty of wood!!
     

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