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MIM Jazz Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dehosier, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. dehosier

    dehosier Supporting Member

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    Hello, This is my first post to TB. I never knew it existed until I started researching my latest project, the MIM upgrade. There seems to be a lot of knowledge in the forums here, so I decided to try to get some ideas on how to resolve my problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    When I removed the original tuning machines from my MIM bass I noticed the bushings had what appeared to be masking tape going all the way around them. I purchased the Schaller replacements, but when I put the new bushings in, they fall right out. I put some masking tape on them and they're still a bit loose. I'm thinking this must be a common problem. What is the best solution? Thanks!
  2. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

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    Masking tape?

    Seriously, if the ferrules just need to be bushed out a little...
  3. dehosier

    dehosier Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the response. I am new to this type of a project. Can you add some information on how one manages to "bush out" the ferrules? I really appreciate your input.
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Yes it's a common problem. Tuners purchased without first measuring the holes to get the right size or trying to fit American ferrules on a metric bass.
  5. dehosier

    dehosier Supporting Member

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    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I'll purchase the correct tuners for the MIM. Cheers
  6. Mickey Mao

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    If the bushings are just a little bit undersized, adhesive copper or aluminum tape could be used to take up the slack. I've used both with no problems. The aluminum tape is readily found at hardware stores, used for taping up ductwork.

    And no, not 'duct (aka duck) tape!'
  7. dehosier

    dehosier Supporting Member

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    Thanks, that's an option I never would have thought about. I'll check into that.
  8. Lownote38

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    You need the Fender Vintage bushings which are a bit larger.
  9. dehosier

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    Thanks for the input...I actually did my measurements and have my hipshot HB7's on order. Cheers!!!

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