how snug should tuners fit into bushings?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Mental Octopus, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Mental Octopus

    Mental Octopus

    May 24, 2003
    I'm putting a set of Hipshot HB1 tuners onto my MusicMaster bass. The bushings that came with the tuners fit into the headstock holes nicely, I didn't have to force them in too hard. But when I slide the tuners through the installed bushings, there's a tiny bit of wiggle room between the shaft of the tuner and the bushing.
    Is this normal or should it be fitting more snugly? This is a parts bass, the tuners that were on it before had a similar fit but I wanted to double check.
  2. mech

    mech In Memoriam

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    There's normally a taste of wiggle room. Parts that have to fit together are made to a +/- tolerance so if the inside part is on the large side of tolerance and the outside part is on the small side of the tolerance, they still work.

  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    Don't worry - it's totally normal.