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Re: kay bass tuning machine key

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on September 09, 2002 at 16:54:16:

In Reply to: kay bass tuning machine key posted by Hans Halt on September 08, 2002 at 23:27:26:

: I recently snapped off the shaft of my D tuning machine head on my kay bass. it is a 1952 C1 model. Anyone out there know where I can get a replacement? Is it even possible to replace just the tuning shaft and key without replacing the whole plate?

: Thanks!
: Hans

I would suggest visiting a local luthier and ask that he go through his junk box for a similar tuner- the Klusons and similar models used by Kay are in wide use.

The cloverleaf broke off one of my tuners, so I faced a similar challenge, and that's what I did, scrounged a half broken tuner plate from a luthier friend, gently pried the two U-shaped pieces holding the shaft in place, and installed the new one.

That's what I'd suggest.

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