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Stiff Kluson Tuner Question

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by davidos, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. davidos

    davidos Strat-Talk Member

    69
    Apr 29, 2009
    New York
    OK to put a dab of Vaseline in the little hole? Help or Hurt?
     
  2. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    I have always assumed the hole was there for that.
     
  3. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Help, although vaseline wouldn't be my first choice...
     
  4. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Arizona
    A drop or two of machine oil, perhaps.
     
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  5. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    First of all, when I lubricate my vintage tuners I remove them.

    I use naphta to clean and flush out old grease and dirt. Use a pipette that you often find in art supply shops and flush the naphta in and out of the tuner. Let it dry, the naphta quickly vaporates, so it does not do any harm to your tuners.
    Then use any lubricant you want that does not contain any silicones. I prefer to use lithium grease, but vaseline will do as well, and so will 3-in-One oil or dry teflon oil. I even know some techs that use lip balm. I prefer white lithium grease because it absolutely doesn't run, resists moisture, isn't corrosive and adheres very well to metal.
     
  6. kurher

    kurher Strat-Talk Member

    +1. However I personally avoid using 3-in-one oil as it can leak and cause damage to the finish. You can also check this page: http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html (although not specific to klusons, it nonetheless features good advice).
     
  7. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Arizona
    It just adds ambience to the old finish . . . goes well the dings along the edges and the cig burns. :whistling:
     
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  8. davidos

    davidos Strat-Talk Member

    69
    Apr 29, 2009
    New York
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  9. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
  10. Mesaman

    Mesaman Strat-O-Master

    922
    Oct 20, 2014
    Mesa AZ
    Vaseline for your stiff Kluson.:D


    sorry:)
     
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  11. Bopocaster

    Bopocaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    54
    182
    Jan 8, 2017
    Seattle
    Graphite works well.
     
  12. crashbelt

    crashbelt Strat-Talker

    397
    Feb 27, 2012
    England
    I use tri-flow too. The needle style nozzle gets into the hole well. But I agree its best to remove the tuners first although I'm sometimes too lazy:whistling:
     
  13. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of DILLIGAF Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Apr 21, 2011
    Right behind you...
    This is how it's done. :)
     
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