rebuilding a MD

jp
@jp
2 years ago
36 posts

no fiber washers... curved base of tuner, that fits into curved recess of headstock....

i hope i explained that right.

                                          

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
2 years ago
203 posts

Sometimes the fiber washers are the culprit on that type of tuner.  There should be 2 to each tuner, and they tighten against the wood of the pegbox to hold the string in tune.  Try Ken's idea first -- it's easy and might do the trick.

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,688 posts

No need to remove/clean/oil those tuners; just tighten them up say a quarter or half turn to start.  Then try things to see if they hold the tuning better.  If you crank down on them too hard you may break the "plastic" knobs (but replacements are cheap and easy to find).

jp
@jp
2 years ago
36 posts

here are some pics of what i am dealing with... looks pretty simple but sometimes its the simple that gets ya.... i just want them to work smoothly and hold tune

jp
@jp
2 years ago
36 posts

yes

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 years ago
1,042 posts

jp, if you are able to post photos, it may help folks offer the most helpful advice.  




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jp
@jp
2 years ago
36 posts

i have an old ... old... MD. i am restoring it only really needs a new bridge which i have from Folkcraft... will have to do some sanding to get it to fit....  it has what i believe are banjo friction mechanical tuning mechanisms they seem to semi hold the tone... i believe the screw holding the tuner head  on is how to tighten the tuner.... should i remove them clean and oil them... any other suggestions?  thanks kindly.


updated by @jp: 04/18/18 05:07:23PM