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How do you lubricate open machine heads?
Old 13th March 2014
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How do you lubricate open machine heads?

The open machine heads on my Hofner bass are getting very stiff, what can I use to lubricate them?

Thanks.
Old 13th March 2014
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Use a wooden match stick or something that will deliver just a small amount and dip in sewing machine oil, just a drop or so then work it in.
Old 14th March 2014
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Yup, sewing machine oil*. You can add a little graphite powder from a locksmith shop or hardware store. DO NOT USE PENCIL LEAD, it contains clay and other impurities.












* - You can also use Hammond oil if you happen to own a B-3 or the special oil used to lubricate your Studer 24 track.
Old 17th March 2014
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Thanks for the advice.
Old 17th March 2014
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3rd for sewing machine oil. My old 6120 and Martin have open gear tuners and that's what I use
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