We’re finally ready to install our brand new Grover tuners!
First of all, if you’re planning on installing your own guitar tuners AND you need to drill holes, you really shouldn’t be doing it without a drill press. If you’re like us and you don’t mind experimenting with an old, mostly worthless guitar, then go ahead. We wouldn’t recommend trying this on your $3000 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
The original holes were non-standard, so we had to widen it. To ream or not to ream? We decided not to ream and instead picked up a .391 drill bit to make the hole wider so that the tuning head would fit.
Next, we started drilling. I have a steady hand, but no amount of supernatural steadiness will prevent you from going off course. Plus, when you hit the other side, you could chip the finish. In fact, I guarantee you will chip the finish.
Like I did.
Ouch. Well, it’s not a big deal on a worthless guitar like this here Fiesta. However, I saved the chipped pieces for later use.
Looks pretty bad actually. The best about this picture is the purple glow. I’m not sure how that happened, but I like it!
Next step: Lining up the tuners and prepping for the drill holes. If you’re like us and you’re super impatient, you’ll do it all wrong and end up with very crooked tuners. They were so crooked that I couldn’t sleep thinking about them all crooked and everything. So I re-did them.
Here’s what I did to make sure they were aligned: The secret to doing this is masking tape. The easiest way to explain this is to show you. Just make sure the masking tape is in a straight line. Then, we tapped a nail in the guide hole to mark the spot where we would be drilling. Measure once, twice, twelve times. Just be extra careful. When you’re ready to drill, again, use a drill press. Or be like me and use your super slow very precise drilling technique. It’s not perfect, but in our case, it worked well enough.
I’m just kidding of course. Here we are with our newly installed guitar tuners. Pretty straight and 1000 times better than the old tuners. Notice how I put the chipped paint back. It’s not glued in this photo. That’ll come later. Next time…new pickups!