How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

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How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby andrew » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:42 pm

I've got an older Fender with tuners that do not want to turn. They are very, very stiff and it's a real fight to move them. Any tricks to getting stiff tuners to mover easy again?
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby spideyjg » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:57 pm

I have taken apart some Schallers on G&L's and MM basses to clean and lubricate the parts. Got pics of the tuners in question?

The MM the shafts were bent and others had corrosion in the ferrules or just needed a bit of realignment.

I took off the string, unscrewed the big screw on the gear, then the tuning post could be pulled out and the gear pulled off. Then the cloverleaf should turn freely. If not you have to remove the tuner body from the rear and address sticking in there.

The Schallers have a small plate that the worm gear spins on that and that has been gummed up as well. You can see that plate on the lowest intact tuner.

See the semi disassembed tuner in the bottom of the pic.
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Of course any of that affects the vintage value I bet. [smilie=icon_rolleyes.gif]

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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby harleyyy » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:07 pm

a drop of 3 in 1 oil might do it too.
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby spideyjg » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:18 pm

harleyyy wrote:a drop of 3 in 1 oil might do it too.


Well true, it could be that simple too. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif] I sometimes get basses that had been abused and aren't simple.

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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby andrew » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:32 pm

Thanks guys! I'll try the 3-in-1 oil, but I might need to take'em apart and give them a good cleaning anyway.
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby Rob Francis » Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:07 pm

I'd take em apart clean 'em and then oil them after you make sure everything is ok inside. I've had luck putting slightly bent tuners on the G string and they seem happier there.
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby drbassman » Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:45 am

Yeah , a good cleaning is always a good idea if they are that sticky. Naptha is a good for cleaning them when disassembled then 3-in-1 afterward is plenty of lubrication.
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby andrew » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:26 am

Has anyone ever used CLR on chrome hardware? Is it safe?
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby Rob Francis » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:18 pm

I have and it seemed okay but something better (since you have them off of the guitar) is a metal cleaner called MAAS available at Walmart etc. It's a creme that seems pretty mild. I've used it on brass instruments without harming laquer.

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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby shamus63 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:11 pm

My '84 Squier's tuners are damn-near frozen stuck.

Is oil the best way to go, or would a light grease be the better solution?

What about using steel wool to clean the internals?
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Re: How to you unsticky sticky tuners?

Postby BLUESMANVINTAGE » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:36 pm

Guys I deal with ALOT of stuck tuners in my line of work (relics) and the best way is the dissassemble and clean /lube them. If they are that stuck, then it really needs to be cleaned throughly. the steel wool thing is ok, but keep in mind you may/will scratch teh chrome or nickle.

naptha or even acetone is a great way to clean the METAL parts, but ONLY sue that if the tuner is apart and you have removed the nylon bushings that are in some more modern tuners. ( I learned this the hard way, ) this rule applies to aging the tuners as well!

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