Stripped headstock bushing hole - how to fix?

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  1. led better

    led better Senior Member

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    Ran into a problem today on my B7. The stock Low E bushing had fabric tape wrapped around it to fit snugly in the headstock hole. The hole is slightly enlarged, and without the tape the bushing spins freely, and will quite literally fall out on it's own. The other 5 bushings are fine.

    So how do you fix this the "right" way?
     
  2. pinefd

    pinefd V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    This isn't my area of expertise, but I'm guessing you may have two options here...one being the "right" way, and the other being the easy way. The right way would be to install a Mahogany plug in the hole and re-drill the hole. The other possibility is that you may be able to find a wider bushing that fits snug in the hole, but looks completely stock from the surface.
     
  3. led better

    led better Senior Member

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    Thanks - guess I better send this one down to Doug Proper in NY. Time to add some wood. To paraphrase Neil, "cause once it's gone, it don't come back".

    I'd love to know if Gibson did this at the factory. :hmm: The guitar is only a little over a year old, and as far as I can tell, had not been screwed with. I can't think of anything that would cause this, and there was still buffing compound in the enlarged hole.
     
  4. Olli

    Olli Senior Member

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    Just put tape on it again. It does not matter.
     
  5. Ole'Lefty

    Ole'Lefty Premium Member

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    Another way is to apply thick superglue to the bushing, let it dry and then push it back in. This will usually give enough bite. Teflon tape will also do a credible job.mt
     
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    led better Senior Member

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    That's what I ended up doing. I threw on a set of Gotoh lockers, so I just peeled the tape off the old bushing and reused it. The low E has been flat several times in the last day, and the other 5 strings have not, which leads me to think the tape may be compressing a bit under tension.
     
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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Build up the wood with light coats of superglue. Using a small screwdriver tip, dip i a pool of superglue and paint it on the wood inside the hole, where the bushing goes. Two applications, 1/2 hour apart should do it. Then paint it on the bushing itself. Let dry overnight and gently press it in.

    THAT will do it.
     
  8. led better

    led better Senior Member

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    Hmmm. If I take a toothpick and dab epoxy into the splines, I ought to be able to spin the bushing on a mandrel and machine it to the exact size that I need. Only concern is how it will adhere to the gold plating. Might flake off once the cutting tool hits it.

    Thought I'd found a great solution with a piece of heat shrink, but the wall thickness was too great once I shrunk it, and it was a little too fat to go in the hole - and I really didn't want to ream it any more (although that might work quite well).

    Man, that's it! I'll spin the bushing and use a fine file to cut down the heat shrink. I think that'll work, as the stuff is pretty hard after it cools off.
     
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    led better Senior Member

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    Do you use regular super glue, or the thick stuff like Stew-Mac sells?
     
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    One bottle of Stew-Mac #30 on the way. I'll give it a try. I needed a toggle switch wrench too, so this may have worked out well.
     
  11. Ole'Lefty

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    While we are on Superglue and stripped out issues. On Strats where eleven stinkin' screws hold all of the guts in, I dribble CA into those holes. It is very good on HB trim ring holes.mt
     
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    Roger that Greg, superglue worked fine for me in the past too!
     

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