Drop-in replacement tuners for Epiphone ES-335 Pro Limited Edition

Discussion in 'Other Epiphones' started by Yeahno, May 29, 2016.

  1. DavidRamey

    DavidRamey Senior Member

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    If you change the bushings, make sure you support the top side of the peg head so you don't chip the peg head or the finish.
     
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    Did the new tuners help with the tuning problem?
     
  3. Yeahno

    Yeahno Junior Member

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    Yeah, I've been researching how to avoid chipping the finish. I'm going to try this approach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyE4wGjz1XY
     
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    Heh. I'll let you know after I get the old bushings out without chipping the finish, ream the holes to accommodate the new ones, press the new bushings in without damaging anything or splitting the headstock, then fitting the tuners, re-stringing everything, letting the guitar settle for a few days, and finally, seeing if it stays in tune.

    It's a lot for a rookie.
     
  5. DavidRamey

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    The outside diameter of the bushings should be the same, isn't it the inside diameter that is different on your guitar?
     
  6. Yeahno

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    Without pulling an existing bushing, the technology of which I've only just figured out, I can't tell.

    What I can say is that the OD of the face that sits on the headstock is definitely different: .433" on the original, .440" on the Klusons. The Kluson bushing inside the headstock is .351" OD.

    Once I get an original bushing extracted, I'll know more.
     
  7. Yeahno

    Yeahno Junior Member

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    Bingo!

    So, drilled an 11.11mm hole in a 1" x 1" piece of 3/8" plywood, put the hole around the original 11mm bushing, pressed gently from the back with a bolt and the bushings eased themselves out, zero marks on the finish.

    I measured the existing bushing and the difference was .009", not enough to matter. Pressed the new bushings in with this little rig I built (see the photo), and I now have the new Klusons installed, no need to ream or modify anything.

    A set of new strings, a quick set up of the intonation and I'm back in business.

    Fingers crossed that this addresses the tuning issue.

    Thanks to everyone who chimed in on this!
     

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  8. DavidRamey

    DavidRamey Senior Member

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    Glad it worked out for you.
     
  9. Yeahno

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    Tuning is solid now!
     
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    The tuning drift is MOST likely from a temperature change.
     

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