1976 P bass - Advice needed on tuning machine replacement

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by David Sutkin, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. David Sutkin

    David Sutkin Schroeder Cabs and Maruszczyk bass artist Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey all,

    I just bought a 1976 Fender P bass through Reverb ... got here yesterday.

    Brought it to band practice last night and unfortunately the D string would not hold it's tuning ... I want to go ahead and replace all the tuning machines since they are pretty beat up anyway.

    Question, should I be looking for a specific configuration (hole sizing) as to not have to do any drilling or will any Fender brand P bass tuners fit?

    Sorry if that's a silly question but I've never replaced tuners?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    You need 4 on a side tuners with 11/16 hole size. Schaller, Gotoh, Wilkenson, Grovers, Fender all good

    Here is a link to schallers
     
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  3. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
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  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Sounds like a bad string. Or a badly installed string.
    Never seen a Fender tunder slip.
     
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  5. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Ditto on the slipping. Very rare. Fender stock tuners are bulletproof. I'd check to see if the string is verrrrrry slowly slipping out of the center of the post.
     
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  6. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    FWIW, I also have a '76 P bass: 1976 Fender P Bass.JPG
     
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  7. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Yup...
     
  8. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Love your '76. If it's ever for sale... ;-)
     
  9. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Thanks, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep it.... That pic was from the day I brought it home - I've since cleaned it up a bit... I bought original period covers and bridge for it, and put it back to "right" - this is what it looks like now: Mesa Bass 400(5).JPG
     
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  10. Amano

    Amano

    May 5, 2015
    Planet earth
    Are you really sure the E tuner is not holding? My 75P has so much space with the E tuner you can put a toothpick next to it in the tunerpeg shaft. It is still holding.
     
  11. David Sutkin

    David Sutkin Schroeder Cabs and Maruszczyk bass artist Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yup, It was the string, I just went and took a look and the string pulled out of the hole post.

    Thanks for the advice ... man do I feel stupid right now :whistle:
     
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  12. Amano

    Amano

    May 5, 2015
    Planet earth
    Glad your E tuner is working fine! But no wonder its a Fender P bass!
     
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  13. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Naw, nothing to feel stupid about - those tuners are generally really good, and pretty much bullet proof... They're typically nickle plated instead of chrome, and can look really grubby - but clean up nicely with a little effort... Here's my '76 headstock: 1976 Fender P Bass Headstock.JPG
     
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