How to remove tuner bushings from headstock?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Sep 6, 2010.


  1. Chrisk-K

    Chrisk-K

    Jan 20, 2010
    AZ, USA
    I bought a Hipshot tuner set to replace the stock tuners of my Geddy. Is there an easy way to remove the stock bushings from the headstock? They seem tightly pressed in the tuner holes.
     
  2. M0ses

    M0ses

    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Find a socket wrench set, and use a socket that is just the right size. Put the socket into the hole, against the bushing. Hit it with a hammer. Viola.
     
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  3. Put. The. Hammer. Down.

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  4. Chrisk-K

    Chrisk-K

    Jan 20, 2010
    AZ, USA
    The clamp and socket method is a sheer stroke of genius!
     
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  5. Batmensch

    Batmensch

    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    Good one!
     
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  6. Hi.

    I can't count the times when I have directed people to that great pictorial by ponticat. This time the original poster got there first :).

    It's a small wonder it ain't in the stickies.

    But then again, who reads the stickies anyway ;).

    Regards
    Sam
     
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Ponticat rocketh!
     
  8. BassLife77

    BassLife77

    Nov 13, 2009
    San Diego
    thanks a lot. I have to install new tuners and was 2 seconds away from grabbing a hammer :p off to Harbor Freight to get a clamp
     
  9. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator

    Mar 26, 2006
    CHI/NWI
    I've removed them with a hammer and screwdriver before. I do not recommend this method. Go with the socket and clamp, save yourself a stab to the leg.
     
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  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Of course, that's not from personal experience...it happened to a "friend", right? ;)
     
  11. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Oh, crap!!! Why'd my headstock crack and the neck splitsplit when I hit the bushing with a hammer?!!? Now instead of putting new tuners on, I'm getting a whole new neck...
     
  12. bassbenj

    bassbenj

    Aug 11, 2009
    Yes, is a good one!

    But I'd suggest that in removal, depending on how tight the bushing is in the headstock, the large socket could leave a compressed "ring" on the face of your headstock. I use a large vise and a smooth piece of wood with a hole in it. I've used a piece of felt under the wood to protect the finish, but to tell the truth I worry that the sometimes the fibers of the cloth can also make an impression on the finish. (makes it sort of dull) I've not had any problems with a piece of hardwood with a hole slightly larger than the bushing sanded very smooth.

    Installation is fine as is. In fact it's probably better than the vise and blocks of wood I use in protecting the finish.

    But in any case there is no doubt that the clamp method can "Git 'R Done" even just as described.
     
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  13. ThrashMaster

    ThrashMaster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Boston, MA
    there, fixed that for ya haha

    done it that way literally hundreds of times with no problems
     
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Just wondering why remove the bushing? Wouldn't it be the same as the ones that come with the Hipshots? I just replaced a set of crappy tuners on a MIM Jazz with a set of Hipshots and just re-used the bushings and screws.
     
  15. Yes, that's an option. I've done it. If the old ones aren't all worn out why bother?
     
  16. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Thanks, that my first laugh of the day!
     
  17. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I use a drumstick.
     
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  18. I just took mine out with a hammer and a flat head screwdriver.
    Delicately tap on the bushing in several spots until it pops out. Just be sure you push it up evenly, so it doesn't compress the wood in one spot.
     
  19. giacomini

    giacomini

    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    I saw this little pictorial once before, just came back to say: total winner! :bassist:
     
  20. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    What's the cheap way to buy sockets in those sizes? I can only find expensive sets. Maybe this?

    I finally bought this at Home Depot for $17.95 plus tax.
     
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