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Just making it's own thread for this, since I definitely Googled like hell to try and find someone else that did it. :lol: This is a total repost of the pics from my EX Overhaul thread.

This actually is pretty easy, especially with the jig fom StewMac. I used two drill bits, one to mark with the jig, and a second to mark without it. Total time was about an hour, and only because I measured the ever living shit out of everything about a dozen times.

I still have to clean the neck up, so they're in there hand-right to test-fit them right now. These are the 6-Inline ones with the "Graduated Post Position", which translates into "Total mindfuck until you actually toss strings at them and realize that they do, indeed, fit correctly".

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They look fucking badass. I'm probably going to go without the washer on the two highest strings, and a quick Google tells me that I'm not the only one to do that. They look unique as hell, feel freakin' awesome and were a snap to install. I do believe this won't be the last guitar that I put these on. :yesway:

The whole point of the two drill bits is that the tape marks the depth of the bit with and without the jig. So drill to depth with the jig on, then once you take it off, use the second (more shallow) bit to get the hole cleaned up and snug.
 

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what will be the first guitar then?
 
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Nice!

I like Sperzels a lot, but i spent months trying to get them to set me up with a dealer/OEM/luthier and they didn't return my calls. I would have loved to have Sperzel tuners on all my guitars, but so be it.
 

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Nice!

I like Sperzels a lot, but i spent months trying to get them to set me up with a dealer/OEM/luthier and they didn't return my calls. I would have loved to have Sperzel tuners on all my guitars, but so be it.
Sperzel isperhaps the most disorganized company ever. I've dealt with some serious airheads in the industry, but goddamn :lol:
 

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They're really just a mom & pop shop. I actually got to talk to Bob Sperzel on the phone a couple of summers ago, and it was a riot. But it seems like if you're not Carvin or some other company ordering thousands of tuners, they can't get their act together.

After leaving two messages last spring, Lori Sperzel finally called me back, and said, "Can you email me your info again, and i'll call you back on Monday." No call. And i called back one more time, then gave up.
 

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No call. And i called back one more time, then gave up.
Give them another call. Sometimes being persistent is key. I have an engineer I'm potentially using for a project, called their office all last week, all this week, was really about to give up, and then finally today his secretary gave me his mobile number, and he sounds like a kid ready to go to Disney. :shrug:
 

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I was persistent over the course of a few months, and gave up after giving them many "one more chance" opportunities. Hipshot is my supplier of choice now.
 

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I never thought this in a million years, but Sperzel locking tuners are looking like a fun option for a project Ibby.

They actually looked like they turned out pretty good, as well. Actually, better than I expected.
 

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I never thought this in a million years, but Sperzel locking tuners are looking like a fun option for a project Ibby.

They actually looked like they turned out pretty good, as well. Actually, better than I expected.
If you decide to do it, I'll save you 30 bones and let you use my jig. :yesway:

I'm still not sure what the purpose of the descending pole heights is. It looks cool, anyway. :lol:
 

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I'm also going to get another set of silvers for my Brian Moore, an a set of blacks for my C-7. I don't know if they do singles, but if they don't, perhaps a few of us could chip in for the third set for the extra peg, and end up with two apiece or something like that.
 

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I'm still not sure what the purpose of the descending pole heights is. It looks cool, anyway. :lol:
If I read correctly a while back, it's something to do with the string tension vs. a string angle type of deal.

I guess you can adjust the poles to compensate for the string tension on a certain string gauge to attempt to eliminate string breakage.
 

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I'm also going to get another set of silvers for my Brian Moore, an a set of blacks for my C-7. I don't know if they do singles, but if they don't, perhaps a few of us could chip in for the third set for the extra peg, and end up with two apiece or something like that.
TK Instruments used to sell them in any configuration in a variety of colors. You should be able to get them individually from a parts supplier of some sort.
 

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If I read correctly a while back, it's something to do with the string tension vs. a string angle type of deal.

I guess you can adjust the poles to compensate for the string tension on a certain string gauge to attempt to eliminate string breakage.
Hm. Just seems like it makes it look neat, albeit a bit of a pain in the dick to string the higher strings, but I'll tell people that it's for proper tension if they ask about it. :lol:
 

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It might be to eliminate the need for string trees on a straight Fender-style headstock. That's what they do on my ESP Mirage.
 
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