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KenK

 

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Peg problem 

I'm wondering what I can do to make my pegs a little easier to use.
I've been using "peg dope", but that's not making them entirely easy to use. They're either to loose or to tight.

Is there a liquid lubricant to try?
Olive oil maybe?

It's not impossible to tune, but I've seen better.

Thanks

Ken
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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

Hi Ken

Are you sure that you use the pegs right. Normally they stick when you satrt playing, and standard is that you have to take them a little out when starting the day. A litle out, detune and tune up, not pressing the peg to much into the hole. This way it shouldnt be to tight and you should be able to tune without problems. Thats what classical violiists do.

My favorite mixture of dope is a bit of vaseline and a bit of very fine pumice powder. To much vaseline, it slips, to much pumice, it sticks.

Use your time and add the mixture various times. This way it acts more or less like a film between the peg and the headstock.

Give it a try.

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KenK

 

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Hi Anders-

Yes- I'm using them the right way.

I'll try the vaseline.
Don't think I need any pumice-(To loose is not the problem)
How do you mix it?
The peg dope I have is like a crayon.
A layer of dope followed by a layer of vaseline?

Thanks for the idea!

Ken
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 22 2008 5:36:41
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

I mix:

a bit of vaseline, and a lot of pumice on the peg. Insert the peg, turn it around a couple of times. Take it out and clean away excess on headstock.

repeat with less of both until result is satisfactory. It might take a couple of times. And sometimes after a while it might be nescessary to repeat. When a good result is achieved, it normally last a long time.

god luck
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 22 2008 8:47:34
 
KenK

 

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Interesting-

So you're not using any of the regular peg dope?
I don't know where to find pumice, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
Thanks for the advice.

Ken
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 22 2008 9:23:32
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

Ken, It has to be a very high quality pumice with a very fine and regular consistancy. I buy it in Germany. Its for pore filling

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2008 0:29:47
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

You can also do the same thing with a mixture of soap and chalk. Its the old fashion way of doing it. It works very well. Just a bit slower to work with.
The best soaps are these creamy health hippy soaps which smells very nice.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2008 0:33:04
 
KenK

 

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

I think I'll try the vaseline and pumice

Ken
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gj Michelob

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

I found that many pegs, even from fine luthiers, are originally poorly fitted. Although a bit too obvious a warning, I am sure you have had some luthier look at them before playing with goo-glue & googled potions.... my two cents.
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2008 7:07:29
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

gj

You cannot do any harm with what I suggested. They are old tricks. The chalk ad soap thing has been used for centuries. Its a matter of making a film between the peg and the hole. You mix two factors, a slippery and a stickery to get the right resistance

I´ve made quite a few pegheads, and I know what you mean with poorly fitted. The main problem is that many luthiers make few pegheads and thus they dont invest in what you need. A reamer AND a pegshaver. Then they use the pegs as they come from the factory. To thick and not well enough conical.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 23 2008 22:43:16
 
gj Michelob

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Sorry Anders, I realize my post could be misnterpreted. I did not mean the mix you suggest is dangerous or wrong. Simply, as you seem to agree, that one should look at the root of the problem (whther pegs were originally fitted properly) and then (if the answer is in the positive) proceed with a mix which will remedy Tight & Loose.

I have three instruments with pegs, and all have required some adjustments by a fine luthier, regardless of the original maker's otherwsie extraordinary work on the guitar in general.

Some makers seem to have devoted more time to studying pegs, friction and specifications; you seem to fall in this category and your clients are certainly lucky.

cheers

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 24 2008 8:53:12
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

To me, pegs have been part of my life for almost 30 years. First playing the violin and now the flamenco guitar. I think I can say that I understand pegs. What they can and what they cant.

The first thing I asked Ken about was if he was sure he was using the pegs right. This because my experience tells me that big majority of players have absolutely no idea of how pegs work. And some builders fall into this category as well.
The most important part on builder side is to use the two tools, the reamer and the shaver correctly and on the players side, knowing how much pressure towards the headstock that the peg needs in order to not go loose and when and how to adjust the pegs wih dope etc.
When this comes together pegs work quite well.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 24 2008 10:39:27
 
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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

quote:

I'm wondering what I can do to make my pegs a little easier to use.
I've been using "peg dope", but that's not making them entirely easy to use. They're either to loose or to tight.

Is there a liquid lubricant to try?
Olive oil maybe?


Whaterver dude....
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 24 2008 12:36:37
 
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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

As usual, Anders gives great advice. I have had 3 pegheads and I have just tried the 'pull out push in' trick for the first time - great! I use a violin peg paste once or twice a year and I have never had serious problems. The thinnest pegs are my favourites (Manuel Bellido).
Rob
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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

quote:

ORIGINAL: KenK

I'm wondering what I can do to make my pegs a little easier to use.
I've been using "peg dope", but that's not making them entirely easy to use. They're either to loose or to tight.

Is there a liquid lubricant to try?
Olive oil maybe?

It's not impossible to tune, but I've seen better................"



Thanks

Ken


I use candle wax and pumice or baby powder. You'll know the right mix as you work with it. Apply the candle wax and work it into the peg hole, and if it is too slippery, then dust a little powder on it.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 25 2008 8:58:15
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

Hi Rob

I´m glad mi little "trick" was usefull. The violin headstock (the snail) is made so that you have something to grab while you pull out, turn and push in. It makes things easyer, but it is fully adaptable to the flamenco guitar.

TomB, yes, of course, whatever slipery/sticky mix will work.

My girlriend has just made some homemade soap based on oliveoil. Its at the same time very hard, almost as a candle) and greasy. I expect it to work wonders together with a bit of pumice.

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

This may be relevant, or may be a daft question, but still.

Would something like this work for the peg on my ceijillos? It has a tendency to pop out unless I really jam it in (oo er!) and I wondered if there's anything that might help it stick.

Then again, it may get better with use as I haven't used it a great deal.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 25 2008 9:51:12
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

If the cejilla is well made, yes it´ll work.

BUT, most cejillas are poorly made. They havent made the hole with a reamer, so its not conical. So you have a straight hole with a conical peg.

Or even worse. The hole is to big so the peg bottoms out in the hole. If this is the case, "varnish" the peg with brush on super glue so that it gets bigger. I´ve done this a couple of times and it works for years.

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

quote:

My girlriend has just made some homemade soap based on oliveoil. Its at the same time very hard, almost as a candle) and greasy. I expect it to work wonders together with a bit of pumice


Will you be using that on my blanca?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 26 2008 0:01:41
 
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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

Thanks Anders, I think you might be right about the hole being straight but it's hard to tell. It seems to be working a little better now anyway, but if it starts playing up I'll try what you suggested.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 26 2008 3:22:37
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Peg problem (in reply to KenK

quote:

Will you be using that on my blanca?


I think so, but I will test first

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