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    Join Date: Oct 2016
    Location: Greensburg, IN
    ME: Jackson Scott Ian V
    Rig: HX Stomp/Headrush FRFR112

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    need some help going from vintage to modern tuner holes

    what size do I need to open the holes up to for graph tech ratio tuners and what's the right way to do this? I bought fancy new tuners to put on a cheap epiphone SG thinking there's no way it would have vintage style tuning pegs being that its a 2019 model. I was dead wrong lol.

    anywho, the holes are too narrow for the tuning pegs to fit up into. do I just grab the right size drill bit(what size even?) and try drilling it out? or maybe use a reamer? anyone had to do this or have any tips to share?

    man i was so excited to try that string butler thing. I bought one of those and a graph tech nut to put on as well.

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    Join Date: Sep 2010
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    Use a reamer. If you go drill bit you're likely to split the wood when it comes out.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
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    Ream or drill. You should be able to look up the right size on the site of the manufacturer of those spiffy new tuners.

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    Join Date: Oct 2016
    Location: Greensburg, IN
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    thanks for the quick replies! I'll have to buy a reamer this weekend.

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    Join Date: Oct 2013
    Location: Brit in Munich, Germany
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    I had great success taking it slowly with a Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver and a countersink bit of the right diameter as recommended in German guitar mags. Not seen this tip from English-language sources yet.

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