Updating an old guitar



B. J. Combs

Updating an old guitar

This may sound dumb, but I have an old Gibson Southern Jumbo almost 50 years old. It still has the original tuning pegs on it which are very hard to turn. I've been thinking about replacing them with a set of Grover tuning pegs. But I am worried about it affecting the value of the guitar. Also I am not sure exactly what tuning pegs (ratio wise) would be good if I decide to change them out. Does anyone out there have any thoughts about this? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!


Posted 5 months ago by B. J. Combs - 3 replies

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I agree but only after checking to see if the machines just need to be cleaned and oiled.


Reply posted 3 months ago by JERRY STREFF


Alan Jones

I agree with Mike....Grover 14/1 vintage pegs should fit the original pegholes


Reply posted 4 months ago by Alan Jones


Get some new tuning machines that work properly and fit the existing footprint of the originals and put the originals (and all their associated hardware) in a ziploc bag and keep them in a safe place just in case you ever decide to sell the guitar... at which point you can either reinstall them or simply include them in the sale of the guitar. By doing it this way, you will not hurt the value of your guitar in the least, since the original machines are still a viable option for the new owner to use.


Reply posted 4 months ago by Mike Desmarais



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