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P-bass tuner bushings lifting

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Hali, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Hali


    Feb 19, 2014
    Halifax, NS
    I need some help,

    The other day I noticed that the bushings on the face side of the headstock at the base of the tuning pegs are being pulled towards the bridge on all 4 strings. It looks like a result of over tension. I've tried taking the strings off and tapping them back into place with a rubber mallet to no effect.

    Is there anything I can do, or will I have to take it to a specialist?


  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    If you are saying that you managed to get them back down with a rubber mallet, but they didn't stay down, you can remove them and put a bit of glue around the ferrules, press them back in and let it dry before you string it up again. The ferrules are supposed to be a tight friction fit, but on some basses they aren't really tight enough. The glue helps.
  3. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I've seen a trick to install and remove bushings. You need a C clamp and a socket wrench that will fit over the post and on the bushing. I've never done it, but I'd be careful to protect the finish with tape or something.
  4. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I would try PTFE tape rather than glue, personally. Those Fender ferrules bug me and I hate fitting them, but I guess they have a period charm (or something). If you glue them in then you have to watch for glue leaking out all over the place. When you remove glued ferrules you have a nasty crust to get off the surface of the ferrule and you risk tearing out the finish on the headstock face as well. Bad news.
  5. Hali


    Feb 19, 2014
    Halifax, NS
    Thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated. I'll definitely give the tape a shot
  6. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    What's PTFE tape? I have the same issue on one of my Squier's.
  7. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    Teflon tape used in plumbing.

    I have used a business card or paper to snug them up.