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Thread: Anyone got Hipshot ultralight tuners on their Starfire bass?

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    Anyone got Hipshot ultralight tuners on their Starfire bass?

    I want to get some but my holes in the headstock are 17mm which is. wider than the 3/8 and 1/2" bushings sizes ultralights come in.

    What is the fix? How did you get them installed on your bass?

    I remember once Hipshot made custom size bushings to fit another of my basses and I will see if they can do so for this bass. But if not, how did you get it done?

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    I’ve got them on an M-85, but Rick Turner put them on.
    13 Guild basses
    3 Guild guitars
    6 Guild bass amps
    3 Guild guitar amps
    I like Guilds.

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    The 3/8" and 1/2" sizes that Hipshot lists are not the bushing size, they are the shaft size that the string winds around. I just installed a set on the bass I built, and made that same mistake. I had to get a special, rather odd fractional size, drill bit for the holes. Off hand I can't remember what it was, but it was bigger than 1/2" for the 1/2" size.
    Chris

    56 A-50, '57 CE-100, 58 A-350, '60 X-150, 60 SF II, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80, '82 S-275, 87 Nightbird I, '88 Detonator, 92 F-15ce, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, 14 NS Aristocrat, '16 NS T-bird
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    68 Bari Uke

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    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

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    Yes, I do think they offer the ultralights in the standard Fender tuning peg size, which is what I believe the NS basses have as well. I don't own one though, so don't quote me on that!

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    I have the hipshots on my ns m-85. perfect fit.

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    The 1/2” Hipshot tuners need a 21/32” hole, which is about 16mm.
    Chris

    56 A-50, '57 CE-100, 58 A-350, '60 X-150, 60 SF II, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80, '82 S-275, 87 Nightbird I, '88 Detonator, 92 F-15ce, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, 14 NS Aristocrat, '16 NS T-bird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 T-bass, 66 Thunder T1-12, '69 T-star, 93 Sequoia,
    68 Bari Uke

    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

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    Don't have much to add here other than to say that I have them on my Casady bass along with a Supertone bridge (no more neck dive!), and on the J-neck that I installed on my '73 P-Bass, and I love them. Soon to be added to my GSR M85II bass, which has worse neck dive than the Casady, but is so light (6.2 pounds) that it's not as much of an issue.
    Sandy

    '59 X175AB, '61 Mark VI, '68 SFII Bass (Green), '73 D50NT, '82 Mark V, '86 Pilot 602P, '87 Pilot SB602M, '88 Pilot SB602MF, '99 DeArmond Starfire Bass
    '10 F512NT, '11 F50ce Std (Sunburst), '13 R30S (Resonator), '13 B54ce Std Bass, '13 Orpheum Jumbo Prototype, '13 Orpheum OM Mahogany, '13 GSR M85II Bass

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    Thanks! Sounds like the 1/2 will work!!

    Update: Hipshot said the bushings for 1/2 are 16mm so will fit my 17mm holes in the headstock.
    Last edited by lungimsam; 10-16-2019 at 05:18 PM.

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    Ultralights on.
    Neck dive gone.

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