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What kind of oil/lube for tuners?

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by DocD57, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. DocD57

    DocD57 Senior Stratmaster

    May 23, 2012
    Northwestern USA
    What is the best oil/lube for vintage tuners? I know over-oiling is a no-no, but I've been told everything from 3 in 1 oil to lithium grease for a lube..:confused:
     

  2. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    3-in-1 oil will work well as long as the mechanisms aren't too worn. If they're worn, then no oil will really help much.
     

  3. Carlsoti

    Carlsoti Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Dec 19, 2008
    Chandler, AZ
    lube is for bearings, grease is for gears.
     

  4. mw13068

    mw13068 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 29, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    Lube is short for "lubricate," which is a verb, often improperly used as a noun.

    Whether talking about bearings or gears, grease is the substance with which one would lubricate them.

    But yes, one would oil vintage tuning machines, rather than applying grease to them.
     

  5. vibrasonic

    vibrasonic Strat-Talker

    423
    Dec 26, 2011
    canada
    Big Bens nut sauce work great for tuners.
     

  6. 56alder

    56alder Strat-Talker

    Age:
    67
    104
    Aug 7, 2010
    san rafael, ca
    I use vaseline to grease them, works great. Comes in a small tube for lip application, the tube has a very small hole which butts up nicely to the grease hole in vintage elusions- squeeze a bit in, wipe up any excess, turn the gears through their full circle a few times, and viola!

    Oil can be messy, doesn't stay, and leakage is questionable for wood and finish-
     

  7. Carlsoti

    Carlsoti Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    40
    Dec 19, 2008
    Chandler, AZ
    Yeah, what he said. :oops:
     

  8. CapeRR

    CapeRR Strat-O-Master

    668
    Aug 11, 2010
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    3 in 1 gets my vote too.
     

  9. Hu Duck Xing

    Hu Duck Xing Strat-Talk Member

    16
    Dec 6, 2011
    Ohio
    Anything that stays wet, attracts dust, which can become very abrasive. I use a dry Teflon lube for everything. Pedal steel and 6-string. And the last thing you want to have happen is for oil to seep into the wood, through screwholes, etc.. It can seriously deteriorate wood.
     

  10. toecutter

    toecutter Strat-Talk Member

    96
    May 25, 2012
    knoxville tn
    That's the ticket, graphite works also.
     

  11. Stratty

    Stratty Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2009
    Prattville, Alabama
    Will Vaseline work to lubricate the nut?
     

  12. DocD57

    DocD57 Senior Stratmaster

    May 23, 2012
    Northwestern USA
    Actually I read about a vaseline/powdered graphite mixture recommended by Dan Erlewine..And he should know..I'm going to try that out as soon as I can get the stuff I need.
     

  13. Stratty

    Stratty Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2009
    Prattville, Alabama
    Ok ok, could I just mix graphite and Vaseline?
     

  14. DocD57

    DocD57 Senior Stratmaster

    May 23, 2012
    Northwestern USA
    Yeah, that's actually what it is..I just don't know what the mix ratio would be..
     

  15. ashcastermetal

    ashcastermetal Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    27
    Jun 1, 2012
    NYC
    I think K-Y jelly is the stuff :)

    ROCK!!!!!!!
     

  16. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 11, 2009
    PA
    3 in 1 just makes a mess and does little to nothing towards lubricating the gears... just attracts more grit and dust. the vaseline trick is good, or better yet, a little white lithium grease worked into the hole. Won't run out and make a mess, and will actually stay on the gears inside.
     

  17. steveneddy

    steveneddy Strat-Talker

    241
    Jan 21, 2012
    Texas
    I use Big Bends Nut Sauce on or in my tuners. Looks kinda like petroleum jelly.

    Comes with a little applicator stick. And a syringe tool.

    Also used on the nut and bridge to keep yer axe in tune.

    Great stuff - I don't hit the road without it - and it is on every guitar I own.

    "I sound about the same on a Squire" -BW
     

  18. bobbradley

    bobbradley New Member!

    8
    Dec 2, 2012
    louisville
    I use ZOOM oil very high quality stuff, check it out.
     

  19. old goat

    old goat Strat-Talker

    144
    Sep 21, 2008
    Donner Lake
    I bought my 64 in 69. Is it too soon to lube the tuners or should I wait longer?
     

  20. 07 road house

    07 road house Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    41
    Jan 1, 2009
    Texas
    I have put vasoline on my nuts