Sta-Tites won't stay tight

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Sta-Tites won't stay tight

Postby Thomas Wentzel » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:03 pm

Greetings, I have a guitar with the 30s Grover 'Sta-Tite tuners with metal buttons. The button spins on the shaft. Normally, on a plastic button, I'd likely flatten the 'wing' of the shaft a bit and re-insert, or just put on a new button.

Has anyone had success repairing the original metal button? ..solder?

Appreciate any help..thx..Tom
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Re: Sta-Tites won't stay tight

Postby Daryl Kosinski » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:47 pm

If it were mine I would remove the tuner from the guitar and take it apart as far as possible clean both parts then solder it back together.

Re assemble the tuner lube it with a few drops of clock oil and you should be good to go.
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Re: Sta-Tites won't stay tight

Postby Thomas Wentzel » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:43 pm

Thanks, Daryl .. I actually was messing around with it yesterday, and I simply put the shaft on a vise, and whacked it with a hammer a few times to flatten the tab a bit. Then I pressed the button back on in my vise. Seems tight, and works well.

If it loosens I'll likely go the solder route.

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