Everything you need to know about .strandberg* guitar tuners

We always encourage our players to get thoroughly acquainted with their tools of performance to make their guitar-playing life as inspiring and comfortable as possible. Our tuners are designed for strength, durability, and easy maintenance, but knowledge about their anatomy is crucial to utilize their full capacity and perform setup or troubleshoot problematic situations. Another piece of vital information is that the tuners in all positions and on both our bridge types (hardtail/tremolo) are identical and the same tuners can be used with all generations of our hardware.

The parts found in our tuners

  1. Tuner housing - Aircraft-grade Aluminum
  2. Saddle screw - Stainless Steel
  3. Saddle locking screw - Steel (0.9mm hex)
  4. Bearing - Plastic
  5. Plunger - Aircraft-grade Aluminum
  6. Washer - Teflon
  7. Tuning bolt - Aircraft-grade Aluminum (6mm hex)
  8. Tuner guide screw - Steel (0.9mm hex)

Adjustment

Beside changing strings and adjusting intonation (described in another article), setting string height is the most common part of adjustment done on the tuners. The string height is set by releasing the saddle locking screw (3.), raising or lowering the saddle screw (2.), and then tighten the saddle locking screw again. That's all there is to it! A stiff pick or small flat-headed screwdriver are excellent tools to use when turning the saddle screw.

Assembly & Disassembly

You may need to disassemble a tuner at one point or another for whatever reason. It could be for cleaning/lubricating purposes or a part is worn out and needs to be replaced (send us an email through support@strandbergguitars.com whenever this happens). To disassemble the tuner, please follow these steps and do everything in reverse for reassembly:

  1. Tune the string down to slack and remove it.
  2. Remove the tuner from the single- or tremolo baseplate by releasing the tuner mounting screw (2mm hex).
  3. Fully unscrew the Tuning bolt (7.) and remove it from the Plunger (5.) together with the Teflon washer (6.).
  4. Fully unscrew the Tuner guide screw (8.) seated underneath the tuner and extract the Plunger (5.), and the Bearing (4.) from the Tuner housing.
  5. The tuner is now fully disassembled!

Tips and important notes!

There are some additional things that are good to know when owning a .strandberg* guitar. Below you'll find details about a selection of regular support topics. 

The tuner guide screw

If you flip the tuner over and pull the plunger out a bit, you'll see a longitudinal grove that is there to allow for the Plunger (5.) to remain fixated in the rotation of the Tuning bolt (7.). The fixation itself is dependant on the Tuner guide screw (8.) being fully inserted (about 1/2 turn away from tight) or the plunger will rotate freely, causing damage to the threads and the string. Whenever experiencing erratic tuner behavior or damaged threads, this is commonly caused by a lost or damaged tuner guide screw. Like most other moving parts, it's a good idea to check these every now and then.

A useful piece of information in urgent situations is that the screws 3. and 8. are identical and interchangeable.

If tuners are hard to turn

Resistance in moving parts is caused by friction. Friction can be reduced by lubrication in the shape of either physical parts or an applied lubricant, which is true for .strandberg* tuners as well. All our current instruments are shipped with white Teflon washers on every tuner that reduces friction and make tuning smoother and these may need to be replaced over time with heavy use. If you own an older revision guitar without these washers, don't worry as they can be ordered in our webshop and fit all generations of our hardware equally well. To reduce friction even more and keep the threads in good shape, it's always well-advised to regularly apply some sewing machine oil to keep things running smoothly.

Screws that are hard to turn

Hard-turning screws, in general, are treated with lubricant in the same manner as described above. Please apply some low-viscosity oil to the threads and assume turning. As far as stainless steel screws are concerned, tools like pliers can safely be used as long as care is taken.

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