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Mark Helm


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:44 am     Reply with quote

Hey, Guys!

Got the 411 on purchasing the Ivoroid tuner buttons/knobs (StewMAc.com). Thanks!

Now I just need to know how I put them on (note: I don't have a garage or workshop at home; I live in a 1 bdr. apt.; my hardware consists of a screwdriver and unbridled optimism Smile ).

So... superglue?!

I await your myriad informed responses.



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Mark Helm


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Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:46 am     ...and yes, Reply with quote

...I realize that, technically, optimism would be considered software.
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 12:56 pm     Reply with quote

StewMac has online (free) directions for installing new tuner buttons ---> http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Hardware_Installation/Replacing_damaged_tuner_knobs.html
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 12:59 pm     Reply with quote

Go on back to Stewmac and look at these demos and see if they apply to what you are doing. Good luck.

TUTORIAL #1

TUTORIAL #2

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James Hartman


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Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 5:48 pm     Reply with quote

Yep. Heat the post with a soldering iron. If you don't have a gun, like in the StewMac instructions, you'll want at least a 60w iron for enough heat. If you don't have adequate heat and have to force the buttons on, they tend to go on crookedly.
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Mark Helm


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 4 Nov 2017 11:59 pm     Blow torch? Reply with quote

A friend who owns a guitar repair shop said he uses a torch to heat up the posts. Hmmmm?
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Jon Light


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Saugerties, NY
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 5:31 am     Reply with quote

A little butane torch with a pinpoint flame...why not?
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James Hartman


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Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 6:09 am     Re: Blow torch? Reply with quote

Mark Helm wrote:
A friend who owns a guitar repair shop said he uses a torch to heat up the posts. Hmmmm?


That would work, but I'd be cautious of too much heat, possibly damaging the new button.
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 6:25 am     Reply with quote

Yes, too much heat will cause burn marks on the buttons.
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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 8:48 pm     Reply with quote

Buy a few extra buttons !! In case you mess any up in the "learning curve" Very Happy
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Josei Alfonsi


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Hawaii, USA
Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 9:28 am     Reply with quote

I Bought some buttons from Stewmac to replace on a Rickenbacker Ace. The first one I tried I used the torch and heated the shaft before pressing the new head on and it melted a little of the bottom of the tuning head. I probably went overkill heating the shaft. after doing a bunch of research I found a bunch of people drilling the hole to 9/16 I believe. after drilling out the hole the size was closer to the shaft and they slipped on nicely. its not the best job but from far away you cant tell. I bought extras so if I ever use it to start gigging I may change them out again to make them look pretty. but for now they are functional.
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Josei Alfonsi


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Hawaii, USA
Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 9:34 am     Reply with quote



you can see the part of the tuning button that melted here



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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 1:03 pm     Reply with quote

I find heat to work fine, but you may destroy a few sets of buttons the first few times you use that method.

the method I use (and most of the techs around here) is to drill them out *very* slightly and press them on with a trigger-type clamp that has plastic-padded jaws.

Heating the shafts with a soldering iron for 30 seconds or so helps, but more heat than that can mess things up. It's really not necessary when the holes are resized properly - thew buttons slide right on and are fully secure.

It also takes just a few minutes to do all of them this way.

Caveat - no matter what method you use take them OFF the guitar first!
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Josei Alfonsi


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Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 1:54 pm     Reply with quote

I did mine like a weekend warrior, just wanted to be able to restring it. im sure with time and patience it'll come out great which ever method you choose
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Larry Carlson


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Post Posted 21 Nov 2017 2:53 pm     Reply with quote

I had to replace buttons on my old Rick last year.
Like most others I ordered from StewMac and I followed their instructions.
I had never done it before and I ordered a dozen figuring I would have 6 left over for another guitar.
Silly me.
It just takes patience and a technique which I obviously did not possess.
I used a soldering iron to heat the shaft.
I got the hang of it after a bit but ended up with a few buttons that look like melted candy.
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Lee Holliday


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 22 Nov 2017 6:03 am     Reply with quote

Either use heat or my preferred method is to drill & secure with two pack epoxy resin/glue.

Lee
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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 23 Nov 2017 6:15 pm     Reply with quote

I haven't ever used a torch. A 40 watt soldering iron works OK for me....
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