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Mar 28, 2020 - 4:27:40 PM
23 posts since 3/22/2017

Does anyone have any hot tips on how to remove a solid wedged 5th string tuner please?

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:32:23 PM

Omeboy

USA

2421 posts since 6/27/2013

@adamf

More than likely, the glue still has a good grip on it. So remove everything you can in the way of the set screw and the tuning button. Get the peg down to the bare metal. Then borrow someone's soldering iron. You'll use it to heat up the glue. Simply put the soldering iron in contact with the metal part of the peg and leave in contact for three to five minutes. Then with another pair of pliers, try giving the peg a tug outward. If it won't budge, give it another three to five minutes of contact with the iron. Pretty soon it will let go as the glue melts from the heat. Just be careful with the soldering iron so you don't contact it with anything. You only want to heat up the metal aspect of the peg to melt the glue.

Edited by - Omeboy on 03/28/2020 17:39:01

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:13:12 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23446 posts since 6/25/2005
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Of course a properly installed 5th peg shouldn’t be glued in, though that seems likely here. The soldering iron trick should work.

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:21:17 PM

12830 posts since 10/30/2008

If there's no glue, you can just persistently "wiggle" it out.

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:59:34 AM

689 posts since 6/11/2003

First clamp the neck in a vise with padded jaws. Then I use a claw hammer and a leather pad on the neck. Pry straight up and any fifth peg will pop out.

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:46:07 AM

259 posts since 2/15/2015

If it's not glued in and it's wedged in tightly wiggling might expand the hole which could result in dowling the hole and re tapping.

I reset a 5th string tuner on a maohogany neck. I used some "modern" Elmer's, stuck it back in there let it sit for a day or two and restrung it and hasn't budged since.

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:59:20 AM
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7075 posts since 8/28/2013

Whatever you do, don't try to twist it out.

Mar 29, 2020 - 12:18:45 PM

beegee

USA

21623 posts since 7/6/2005

We're assuming a geared 5th tuner?

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:22:01 AM

adamf

UK

23 posts since 3/22/2017

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

We're assuming a geared 5th tuner?


Yes, if it was a friction peg I'd probably apply the "pair of pliers, brute force and ignorance" approach! ?? 

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:30:15 AM

adamf

UK

23 posts since 3/22/2017

quote:
Originally posted by geoB

If it's not glued in and it's wedged in tightly wiggling might expand the hole which could result in dowling the hole and re tapping.

I reset a 5th string tuner on a maohogany neck. I used some "modern" Elmer's, stuck it back in there let it sit for a day or two and restrung it and hasn't budged since.


I read somewhere about coating the peg end in wax or oil before re gluing, that way the glue sets against the inside of the hole and forms a solid set of splines, but doesn't stick to the metalwork... 

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:31:19 AM

adamf

UK

23 posts since 3/22/2017

Thanks for the tips, I'll break out the soldering iron and see if I have any luck...

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:18:11 AM

281 posts since 1/28/2011

I use a smooth, thin, wood wedge and tap it in between the neck and the nub on the tuner.

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