Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

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Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (flosspick) » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:24 pm

Any have any tips for opening the grover bass tuners for rics? I got one that spins pretty freely and would like to see what's up
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (jps) » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:55 pm

Hmm, spinning freely, eh? Sounds like a bigger problem than just the back cover popping off. You should be able to gently pry the back off as it is just staked in place.
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (flosspick) » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:38 pm

So to open the back I should take a hammer and pin and tap the pins holding it closed?
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (jps) » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:30 pm

You could do that, or if there is a gap between the cover and the baseplate you could gently pry it off. Either was you will be peening/swaging the pins down when you put the cover back on. A longer term solution for the cover is the grind off the pins and drill/tap holes for small machine screws to hold the cover on. You will also have to countersink the back side of the backplates so that the screws will sit flush with the plate. Or, you could make"divots" in the headstock to accommodate round/pan head screws, similar to how old Ricks and Fenders had "divots" for the old Kluson tuning keys.
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (flosspick) » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:50 pm

used a pin to tap it open, opened a lot easier than i thought it would.
somehow a few of the teeth on the worm gear are broken.
might make a new shaft or just buy a new tuner.
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (jps) » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:53 am

Some pretty rough handling for the teeth to break as those tuners are very smooth to turn, normally.

You can't buy them new, so you will have to look for a used set or someone who will part with one.
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (flosspick) » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:41 pm

Here are some pics of what I found when I opened the case:
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Kinda hard to see the damage on the last pic, but it's there.

Definitely considering making a new worm gear.
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Re: Opening ric wavy grover bass tuners

Postby (jps) » Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:31 pm

No, the damage is very easy to see! :shock:
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