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    Default grover tuning machine loose button issue

    I have a Kala KA-ACP-CTG which is fitted with Grover open gear tuners with metal buttons on its slotted peghead. All the metal buttons have a small amount of play on the shaft when turned. At first I thought it was backlash in the gear before I realized it was the button. I bought the instrument new long enough ago that the warranty is long expired, though I have been only using it for the last three months. The looseness showed up almost immediately when I started playing it.

    I have a guitar that experienced a similar problem which got to the point that the button would vibrate when the instrument was played, producing an audible buzz. The button finally fell off completely and I fixed it a short time ago with super glue and it is still holding.

    I would prefer to fix the buttons as opposed to replacing the tuners. I'm guessing that they are designed to be a press fit on the shaft. Would re-pressing them be possible? I have read of people repairing buttons with super glue, but am uncertain how well the glue would flow into the tight space between the button and the tuner shaft. Do I have to wait until the button falls off the shaft?

    I'm disappointed. I thought Grover's engineering and quality control were better than this. I see Grover tuners often recommended as upgrades by members of this and other forums.

    If anyone has had any experience fixing this sort of problem I would appreciate any advice.
    Last edited by rrieth; 09-30-2018 at 07:17 AM.

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    Thanks Bill Sheehan for the PM of sympathy. In doing a bit of research I found that some people have used thin consistency superglue to solve this problem. I'll report my results when I've tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrieth View Post
    Thanks Bill Sheehan for the PM of sympathy. In doing a bit of research I found that some people have used thin consistency superglue to solve this problem. I'll report my results when I've tried it.
    Sounds good! I hope that'll do the trick!

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    Grovers have a lifetime warranty and will replace faulty tuners at no charge. Contact Grover.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dpophotography@yahoo.co.nz
    Southern Cross Instruments
    New Zealand

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    Thanks Dennis! I'll give that a try.

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