What kind of tuners come stock on FSR bullet Tele?

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by arblemob, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    I'm having a lot of issues keeping this in tune; my first suspect is the nut which is a kind of light gray color.
    Besides replacing that, can anybody tell me what kind/brand of tuners come stock on this guitar and what
    a good replacement would be? Any insight on size of the headstock holes and alignment pin location would be appreciated. I'm reluctant to start work until I research a bit; a playable version of this thing with the rosewood was REALLY hard to get hold of. Thanks all.

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  2. DoctorBB

    DoctorBB Squier-Meister

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    In my experience it’s always the nut. Once the strings are stretched and settled any tuner that has a tight sprocket and worm gear will stay put. The only time I replace tuners is when they don’t turn smoothly.
     
  3. blackspider57

    blackspider57 Squier-Meister

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    In my humble opinion, they are the worst I have ever had. They grind, and bind, and make crunchy noises.
    However, when I get it in tune, it seems to hold for a while anyway. The trapezoid tuners on my Bullet Strat are so much better. Definitely the weak spot on an otherwise very nice budget guitar.
     
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  4. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-Meister

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    Improper stringing technique and/or nut problems are the source of 99.98% of tuning issues. Going to locking tuners will fix the stringing problem but not issues with the nut.
     
  5. kjmac

    kjmac Squier-Nut

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    My Bullet Strat came with trapezoid tuners and I could move them an eighth of a turn without moving the shaft. Got rid of them and replaced them with a set of Kluson vintage tuners. Smooth sailing ever since. Of course I also slightly widened the slots in the nut for 10-46 strings and lubricated it with graphite (#2 pencil lead).
     
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  6. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

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    What kind of tuners come stock on FSR bullet Tele?

    Cheap ones :)

    I have some cheapy guitars and if they make the cut for whatever reason I replace the tuners. With what depends on how much I like it. Most lower end guitars will benefit from even Chinese vintage tuner copies.
     
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  7. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
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    Crappy tuners are just that... junk. If they aren't any good, I would replace them. Take one out and look at it and measure the hole. It should be 10mm, but make sure.
     
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  8. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-holic

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    No issues for me, it has to be the nut.....mine are smooth as can be...they are the same 2 pin Squier Indonesia tuners as found on higher end models like Standard/Deluxe/First Generation Vintage Modified etc....

    I have the exact same guitar, love the tuners.....I did work on widening and deepening the nut slots....

    What gauge are you using too? I'm using 9's....if you're using like 11's the nut won't fit those without modification....
     
  9. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    What gauge are you using too? I'm using 9's....if you're using like 11's the nut won't fit those without modification....[/QUOTE]

    I'm using the 9's it came with. The tuners are smooth, it just doesn't hold tune for long. The nut is a gray color which I haven't seen before, so that's the first thing I'll look into replacing.
     
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  10. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-holic

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    I'm using the 9's it came with. The tuners are smooth, it just doesn't hold tune for long. The nut is a gray color which I haven't seen before, so that's the first thing I'll look into replacing.[/QUOTE]

    Change out those terrible factory strings for something new, you might find they're fine....those factory strings always have rough feeling winds and they do bind in nut slots I find....
     
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  11. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    Change out those terrible factory strings for something new, you might find they're fine....those factory strings always have rough feeling winds and they do bind in nut slots I find....[/QUOTE]

    Great. Thanks for the advice!
     
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  12. mikm

    mikm Dr. Squier

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    Yeah get decent strings and see if that does it. If it persists try a little filing on the nut then lube etc. Cheaper than replacing tuners, you may get lucky!
     
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  13. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-Meister

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    Grinding ,binding & crunching:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    I'd go ahead and get some good quality tuners and be done with it !

    New strings and get some 800grit wet\dry paper ,lay a small piece of the string in a small folded piece of the Sand paper and use it like a file to gently open up the slot in the nut for each string size :0)
     
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  14. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    BTW-you mention you have the exact same guitar; is the nut colored the same weird gray which I've never seen before or did you replace it?
     
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  16. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    That’s a great tip to use the sandpaper and a string. Thanks!
     
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  17. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-holic

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    My nut is colored like that and I kept it 100% stock...no issues with it....
     
  18. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I replaced the nut with a Tusq XL and also put on new Ernie Ball Super Slinkys.
    Works fine now.
     
  19. Chubbles

    Chubbles Squier Talker

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    If it should ever need tuners: I like the Fender Vintage Style tuners.
     
  20. arblemob

    arblemob Squier Talker

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    Thanks. If I can ever find drop in replacements where the 2 locater pins on the back match up I would get them.