Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

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Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by bronzet » Thu May 14, 2015 11:20 am

Hey there everybody. I have got a tuning peg on my P-bass which is becoming very stiff to turn at times. The prev owner of the bass had it locked away in his cupboard for around 20+ years. I believe the tuning peg has become stiff because of being stored away for such a long time without being played/used. I was thinking that it might just be the case of needing to get some type of lubricant and applying it to the peg area or doing something similar. Anybody had issues with a tuning peg becoming stiff to turn and how they solved the issue? I am wanting to fix the tuning peg rather than replace it because i want to keep the bass original. If you had this prob before, let me know exactly which products you used and how you fixed it exactly.
Thanks heaps :)
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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by T-Dub » Thu May 14, 2015 11:36 am

A little bit of crc did the trick for me on one, on another bass I just replaced whole peg.

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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by Pablo Basso » Sat May 16, 2015 12:04 am

Not claiming to know anything, but when I had a P copy (Hondo), it had an open Kluson type which iirc could be dismantled easily and greased. I would not recommend CRC for anything that has been greased previously. It eats grease. Found out the hard way.
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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by foal30 » Sun May 17, 2015 8:35 am

"At Times".

So I think destring then with the 'empty' troublesome peg just wind it up and down a few times. If it is still stalling "at times" then use lubricant.
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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by bronzet » Mon May 18, 2015 6:20 pm

Great. Thanks for the advice :)
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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by Tim1 » Tue May 19, 2015 4:31 pm

You need to be very careful with lubricants around the neck wood, the last thing you want to do is having a light oil seep into the headstock mounting screw holes and soften the wood, as I have seen happen on a few basses treated by overly zealous owners. I would recommend removing the machinehead from the bass, soak it in naptha (lighter fluid) and brush it with a new toothbrush. Then give it a few whirls (I use a tuner thing on the end of an electric screwdriver). This may well fix it, but if the issue remains then, and only then, would I use a toothpick to put a very light touch of Vaseline or nut sauce on the tuner threads and again give it a few whirls. Since it has been in storage for a long time it could well simply have a build up of dust and gunk which simply needs cleaning out. As a rule, I avoid lubricating machineheads on Fenders - and I have owned and do own more than my share of Leo's pre-CBS masterpieces.
Whatever you do, avoid putting oil on it while it is on the headstock. By the way, nice score :wink:

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Re: Tuning peg becoming too stiff to turn on a p-bass

Post by bronzet » Tue May 19, 2015 5:56 pm

Thanks for the advice. I had seen similar advice on Youtube on the Stewmacdonald channel. I am thinking that i might just get in contact with a reputable guitar repairer rather than having a go fixing it at home, since it is a 72 P-bass and i have never done it before - would pref to not stuff it up lol
BTW i am on the lookout for vintage F-basses, so if you are looking at selling, please get in contact :)
Thanks for your help :)
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Tim1 wrote:You need to be very careful with lubricants around the neck wood, the last thing you want to do is having a light oil seep into the headstock mounting screw holes and soften the wood, as I have seen happen on a few basses treated by overly zealous owners. I would recommend removing the machinehead from the bass, soak it in naptha (lighter fluid) and brush it with a new toothbrush. Then give it a few whirls (I use a tuner thing on the end of an electric screwdriver). This may well fix it, but if the issue remains then, and only then, would I use a toothpick to put a very light touch of Vaseline or nut sauce on the tuner threads and again give it a few whirls. Since it has been in storage for a long time it could well simply have a build up of dust and gunk which simply needs cleaning out. As a rule, I avoid lubricating machineheads on Fenders - and I have owned and do own more than my share of Leo's pre-CBS masterpieces.
Whatever you do, avoid putting oil on it while it is on the headstock. By the way, nice score :wink:
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MIT Yamaha Attitude LTD 1 1990
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MIK Fender Jazz Deluxe V 2008
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