Got an email from a reader requesting for a tutorial on how to change out old tuner buttons. So here it is.
I got some cheapo white acrylic tuners buttons to replace the black ones on my guitar. First we gotta remove the buttons. Unscrew using a suitable jeweler’s screwdriver. I use the cheap ones, no need for fancy stuff.
Simply unscrew the old buttons.
Most tuner buttons come with two washers (one plastic and one metal) and a screw to hold them in place. But we’ll be using the new ones that come with the new buttons.
Note the order here – it usually goes like this. Machine head – plastic washer – metal ring washer – button itself – screw to hold in place.
Screw the buttons in. Tighten accordingly. Too tight or too loose won’t work.
OK, we got new tuner buttons.
Charvel Guitars launched some new and interesting models at the recent NAMM.
This new model to the series comes with beautiful quilted tops and gold hardware.
Pickups are Seymour Duncan Jazz neck and Full Shred bridge – popular combination for superstrats.
A host of other features include locking tuners, compound neck radius and easy access truss rod adjustments make this Mexican model an interesting consideration to the typical ST-type guitars.
Updates to the Style 1 and Style 2 models
The Style 1 and 2 guitars get new finishes and hardware for 2018.
Gold hardware makes the new San Dimas HH HT (pictured above) look really good.
The So-Cal HH FR (above) gets a new finish called Matt Blue Frost.
The Style 2 has an okoume model added to lineup.
The San Dimas Style 2 HH FR Okoume (above) looks pretty cool with the stripped-down look.
Nice guitars that offer something different. I’d say it’s a smart way for FMIC to run their sister brands.
*photos from Charvel Guitars
Gibson brings radical to a new level by rolling out the Modern Flying V.
The new guitar looks rightfully like an evolved Flying V with a contoured top and a curvier silhouette. Scale length remains typically Gibson (24.75″), while controls are rather simple here with only two knobs and a selector.
Comes in three finishes – Ebony Prism, Silver Prism and Gold Prism. These are Custom Shops Ltd Runs and retail at US$4499.
Guitarbear listened and watched plenty of Scorpions so the Flying V has a special place. Perhaps a more regular version (and more affordable price) would be attractive enough to give this a try.
*photos from Gibson
We’re entering mid-February and Guitarbear has received some enquiries about the cessation of guitar services since the beginning of 2018, with some friends/fans even concerned about my health/financial situation.
Here are some clarifications:
- The blog was never intended to be a platform to promote my guitar services. It was conceived because of my interest.
- I have a day job. I didn’t (and I still don’t) rely on guitar servicing to pay my bills and meals. I have no plans to turn hobby into career. Leave that to the professionals.
- The only reason to stop offering guitar services is time. I want to spend more time on playing and tinkering with my own guitars. I need to practise. I need to improve.
- Guitarbear blog will continue, I may still showcase some setting up/restoration projects/reviews on guitars I have bought – my own guitars.
- Guitarbear will still gladly provide free advice on guitars and setups as best as I can.
As always, keep all enquiries and comments coming at my email:
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