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  1. yes, they have a plastic washer between the thumbscrew and the unit. on the lower ones (closest to the nut) they are a little stiff when the string is up to tension. i have the same problem on both my 12-string and 6-string acoustics, although, these are both 'new' guitars. waiting on a new set of bridgepins and saddle before this project is complete. i was planning on using vaseline, packing it like a set of bearings on a car. perhaps even using a grease gun to get it in there. currently, they seem to be oiled, and the plastic washer seems to be in good shape. my guess is that in storage perhaps the lower tuners were more exposed to some type of environmental element that depleted the lube. thanks for the good ideas! will try and post pics when complete.
  2. hello, can anyone tell me what kind of grease to use when servicing sealed tuners? i bought a 12 string that has a little friction on a few of the tuners and they seem pretty easy to take apart. i'm just not sure what type of oil/grease would be best. thanks!
  3. pics to follow. i removed the fret board, and sanded down the neck to make level. i routed trussbar groove and glued it all back together. sounds great. the only trouble is that since i took about 1/8th" off the top of the neck, the surface area has shrunk, so that the fretboard now hangs over the sides a little. i will try to fill w/wood filler and paint black.
  4. i took the truss rod out and deepened the hole, so the fret board would lay flat. got her all together and the bow is corrected and i have some adjustment in the truss, but the fret board now is not level. at more than one spot. suggestions?
  5. acoustic 12-string w/a sharp bow inward. i popped the fretboard and leveled the neck. one problem, the truss rod is sticking out down the center so the fretboard kind of rocks side to side. i tried grinding down the rod and it helped a little. should i continue to grind, or notch out a groove in the fret board to accomodate it?
  6. i don't know. i bought it new, but was listed as a warped neck. i put lighter strings on it and the only part thats a problem is reallly low on the neck. i was wondering if the description of the problem can be cured by filing. (or is it a warp, and the neck needs to be re-leveled in that area, which will be tough since it's on the body of the guitar.)
  7. so if the fret is so high on one side that it interrupts the 2 higher frets, does that mean it's beyond filing?
  8. well, when i play down near the 12-15th frets, i don't get any distinction in the notes (they're all the same.) so i took a straight edge and the 14th and 16th are raised enough to interfere w/the next few frets. so by filing down, it should provide enough clearance for the not to ring true. i've just never filed down a fret before and was wondering if i could do it on the guitar. taking off the frets sounds a little hard. but if that's the only way , i'm game.
  9. uhhhh, 'reradius?' i was thinking i would just file down while the fret is still on the fretboard. is this wrong?
  10. excellent resource, thanks for the link. using a straight edge i identified the 14th & 16th frets as the problem. i'm assuming there's nothing significant about the fact that they are too high in different places? (one is high on the tremble side and the other is high on the bass side.) so regarding correction, take off all the strings? won't this affect the curvature that i am measuring? otherwise i would assume to tape off the fingerboard, and proceed with standard hardware store file, going slowly. this is a $60 muscian's friend.com slightly damaged guitar that i figured would be a good project to learn about this stuff. i think it's a good sounding, cheaply made guitar (the tuners are terrible), as most of the reviews were complaining about this very issue. sounds like they tried to over-compensate w/ heavy strings, but the guitar couldn't handle it.
  11. thanks for the help. i got the guitar and it's in pretty good shape. it's a brand new washburn. the neck was 's' shaped, curved in at the top, curved back at the 5-6th frets. i released all the tension in the truss bar and put on light strings and now it has a nice graceful bow. i had to lower the saddle a little, but it's great. the majority of the board plays well. i have one small problem: on the high 'e' i don't have distinction on the 11, 12, & 13 frets. it's good before and after that. buzzin on the b string at the 13th only, and no distinction on the low 'e' at the 12th, 13, & 14th frets, on the 'g' string the 14, 15, & 16th, on the 'd' string 13, 14, & 15th frets is the problem. does this sound like warped fingerboard or a filing issue? how do i troubleshoot? thanks a ton!
  12. so what i've learned is that, for slight adjustments a truss bar should do it. for more correction, remove the fret board and sand the high spots. and if it's really bad, replace neck. i'll get the guitar in a couple of weeks, should know more then. is there something to try if the truss bar isn't enough, but before the trouble of removing the fret board? fret filing?
  13. haven't bought it yet. looking for some perameters. (will titebond glue work? is there something that would indicate a repair larger than replacing the neck?)
  14. hello, i'm new to these forums and was wondering if anyone can refer me to information on repairing an acoustic guitar neck. i'm thinking of buying one that has a damaged neck. at the base of the neck, where it meets the body, it has cracked slightly (about 1/8th inch) on the back side. i'm concerned that the truss rod will have been affected. any advice for a newbie? thanks!
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