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Tab Tabscott

Somewhere between Vashon and Vancouver
Post Posted 2 Dec 2017 7:30 am     Reply with quote

So I am headed to the hardware store to get a tuning wrench for my new old sho bud. What size do I need for those little hex tuning thingies? Thanks in advance.
Tab Tabscott

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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 2 Dec 2017 8:10 am     Reply with quote

Jerry Overstreet wrote:
Assuming you need one for tuning the nylon pedal tuners, should be able to find a 3/16" socket style nut driver with a handle at most hardware stores. Excel used to have a nice little one, but don't find anything now in a search.

Edit: The old brain is slow these days. It was Xcelite like the one in this photo from ...just for future reference.

Alternately, a 5mm metric socket will also work.

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Brooks Montgomery

Idaho, USA
Post Posted 2 Dec 2017 12:37 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Tab, sent you a PM
A banjo, like a pet monkey, seems like a good idea at first.
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Patrick Thornhill

Austin Texas, USA
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 9:21 am     Reply with quote

At risk of hijacking this thread, is there a reason - aside from being cheap and easy to replace - that those nylon spacers are used for the tuner nuts on the changer? As opposed to something like aluminum for example.
It seems that a harder (and theoretically less compressible) material with a balled or chamfered end rather than the squared nylon guys would be better. But perhaps I'm wrong....
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Russ Wever

Kansas City
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 9:50 pm     Reply with quote

Patrick Thornhill wrote:
. . is there a reason . . . that those nylon spacers are used . . .

The plasticity factor of the Nylon Tuners make that material a
good choice for providing grip around the threads of the metal
pull rods and keeps the adjustment free from slippage.

You may see brands of steel guitars that use a metal hex in the
changer window for tuning adjustment but those are affixed to
the pull rod, such that when you turn the metal hex, the pull rod
turns in unison with the metal hex. Sho-Bud rack & barrell, Sierra
and Excel are a few that have used this system.
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Lane Gray

Topeka, KS
Post Posted 4 Dec 2017 7:02 pm     Reply with quote

Also, when you take up the slack in the pull train, a metal nut will clack against the scissor. Those who are intensely bothered by the soft "tick" of a nylon nut have been known to add a felt washer
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