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Mik Neville

DR500MCE tuning pegs

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Has anyone had any problems with the nylon bushing on the end of the worm gear of the tuning machine wearing out. Last time changing strings I notice the bass side tuners on mine where getting sloppy the treble side are good no slop what so ever. I notice looking at them that there is a nylon bushing in the one end and all three bass side are starting to wear out you can see them starting to stick out this gives them slop. It still holds tune great but I know that down the road there will be trouble. I contacted Gibson support by e-mail they said take it to a thec. I contacted Grover talked to a nice guy named Chuck this was his reply. Take the one off that is wore( at the time he though I said it was one) take a photo of the back the side that sits on the peg head and send it to him this I did here is what he said. These are good ones (don't know what that means) send me the wore one well replace it I said all three on the bass side have the same problem why not replace the set. Then he said if all three are wore he didn't think it would be good to replace them as there is some other problem with the guitar like the nut or saddle or something and they would just wear out again. So now I would like to know if anyone is seeing the same problem as I think it is just a fault of bad parts or poor deseing or both. You put nylon where there is lots of turning back and forth it wears out.Yes it is going to see the thec. next week. Sorry this is so long winded but if anyone has any info I'm all ears. Mik B)

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I've had a set or two with those bushings - though not on Epis - and they didn't amount to a damn. Best I could do was throw 'em out and upgrade.

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Thanks for the reply I find it strange though with all the DR500MCE's that they sold since 2011 (that is the year mine was built) that mine is the only one with the bushings wearing out. Since I made the first post it has been to a very good luthier who I have used for years he said the set up and everything is still good since he saw it last year. He thinks as I do not a good place to put nylon so now I'm going to make new bushings from brass. Thanks for letting me rant Mik B)

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