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Tuner slippage

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by fsanfili, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. fsanfili


    Feb 5, 2004
    Los Angeles
    My D-string tuner was slipping, as though the tension of the string, when in tune, was too great, and causing the post the string was wrapped around to turn. I noticed that the tuning key turned really easy for about a quarter turn (around where the string was in tune) but that if I tuned a half-step sharp or flat, there seemed to be enough friction to keep the string at that pitch.

    So I found a new use for rosin -- thinking maybe there was just too much oil or something on the gear at that point, I rubbed rosin into it and worked the tuning key back and forth.

    I'm sure there's some reason not to do this, butI only had a few hours til the gig, and no time to get to a luthier. It seems to have done the trick!

    Just posting in case anyone has a similar problem in the future and does a search for a quick fix. I am not a luthier and for all I know this may do irreperable harm to your bass, but there you have it.

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