I am no Luther but do like to do my own work, usually pretty well. I have had the opportunity to replace 2 fifth string tuners, in each case the old tuner did not have the little key on the side to help keep it from rotating in the hole. One on a new RK-R36 and one on an old Vega VIP, this had a friction tuner installed. I have the proper reamer, and a small file set from Stew Mac, but the closest I can come to a proper file is the half round in that Stew Mac set. It does not do the greatest job of matching the key profile, What do your pro's use to cut this slot for the tuner key????
Edited by - Banjercat on 09/29/2023 12:11:21
I press in an exacto knife blade in the side of the hole to make a line, then use a small chisel to create a groove for the 5th string tuner key to slide in to.
I've used a dremel to shape the lock slot.
Pocket knife works great. Just make sure the slot is such that the barrel is angled downwards properly. banjered
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