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btrigorivas
post Jul 5 2008, 10:44 PM
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A week ago i bought an Alhambra 5P classical guitar, the guitar is really nice but the thing i didnt like are the machine heads, so i decided to get new ones i got ones that are really nice, the best i found. The person in the shop told me it was very easy to change the machine heads, the holes for screwing it didnt match so he told me to grab a drill and make a very small hole, but i am scared of doing it, is it hard to do or you recommend me taking it to the shop. I would like to do it myself to learn but im scared. What do you recommend, he told me it was very easy, or do you have an easier technique for installing new machine heads when the holes for the screws dont match.
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post Jul 5 2008, 10:51 PM
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Well, I managed to do this on my electric. I filled the old holes with a mixture of chip and glue, and then sandpapered it a little to give it a smooth surface. I then just laid out the machine heads, and drilled right through them. I taped the drill to know how deep I was going. Very easy task I would say.


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post Jul 5 2008, 11:40 PM
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If you have a drill driver and matching drill bit I see no problem there, be sure to drill it through the wholes of machine heads, and that a drill bit is somewhat smaller than a screw. Also another option is to use a small nail and a hammer to make small holes. When you have even small holes, screwing is not a problem at all.


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post Jul 6 2008, 01:38 PM
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wouldnt using a hammer and nail crack the woood open ivan?
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post Jul 6 2008, 01:40 PM
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Not if you are using a tiny hammer and a tiny nail.

Nine Inch Nails and a Sledge Hammer would probably be overkill. laugh.gif


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post Jul 6 2008, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (btrigorivas @ Jul 5 2008, 11:44 PM) *
A week ago i bought an Alhambra 5P classical guitar, the guitar is really nice but the thing i didnt like are the machine heads, so i decided to get new ones i got ones that are really nice, the best i found. The person in the shop told me it was very easy to change the machine heads, the holes for screwing it didnt match so he told me to grab a drill and make a very small hole, but i am scared of doing it, is it hard to do or you recommend me taking it to the shop. I would like to do it myself to learn but im scared. What do you recommend, he told me it was very easy, or do you have an easier technique for installing new machine heads when the holes for the screws dont match.
Thank you


It's easy BUT... my advice is that if you don't feel confortable doing it, if you are not confident... let a professional do it. Maybe it's not so expensive and also you can get kind a warranty.

Just my 2 cents...

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post Jul 6 2008, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE (jacmoe @ Jul 6 2008, 01:40 PM) *
Not if you are using a tiny hammer and a tiny nail.

Nine Inch Nails and a Sledge Hammer would probably be overkill. laugh.gif


lol
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post Jul 6 2008, 08:42 PM
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I decided to get a new machine heads that matched the holes in my guitar to dont risk anything, i got the money back fo the other ones.
Thank you guys.
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