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Malcolm
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Nov 16th, 2017 02:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got an Epi ES-339 that I want to change p'ups out in. Also replacing the electronics.
Buying a harness that requires the holes for the pots to be drilled , as they are bigger(full sized).

Can this be done with a hand drill? Or, must I take it to someone?

Realistically.

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Nov 16th, 2017 02:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Use a reamer and enlarge them by hand,far more control and safer for the guitar.

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Nov 16th, 2017 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on the hand reamer.

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Nov 16th, 2017 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, because a typical drill bit can easily pop finish off or split the wood. A Uni-bit (step-drill) is a safe way to do this, however.

If you don't have a reamer or a Uni-bit, you can use a Dremel and a little barrel burr or sanding drum to carefully embiggen the pot holes.

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Nov 16th, 2017 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is a

Uni-bit.

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Nov 16th, 2017 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

That’s some pretty unambiggalous advice right there.

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Nov 16th, 2017 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Darrel! ...go fetch my dickshunary.

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Nov 16th, 2017 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll add to the drilling by hand conversation, but as related to changing tuning keys.

You know the tiny screws used to hold the tuners on? Or the little holes needed for the guide/stability pins?

I think it's called a pin vise. You put your drill bit in that, and then do the holes by hand. By not using/needing power tools, IMO this starts to move this task into the realm of a lot of our abilities.


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Nov 16th, 2017 08:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

It embiggens a man to not find fault with others :o)

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Nov 16th, 2017 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I think it's called a pin vise. You put your drill bit in that, and then do the holes by hand."

Pin Vise: This interests me. Do you have any link at all to something like this? I'd like to investigate this further. I'm getting the impression that this is something that would help keep your drill bit perpendicular to a surface....

I did not (as far as I can tell) see one of these on the Stewart-MacDonald web site (link below).

Vises at Stew-Mac

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Nov 16th, 2017 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

A pin vise looks sort of like a 4-jaw-chuck Exacto knife handle.

Look up 'pin vise' in Google. Many tool makers offer 'em. Among the best quality is the Starrett brand.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:37 AM, Nov 16th, 2017)

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Nov 16th, 2017 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would never have guessed what a “pin vise” is from its name alone.

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Nov 16th, 2017 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ya, it would make more sense to call it a pin chuck or needle chuck, since it basically acts like a drill chuck that's been smallified.

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Nov 16th, 2017 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's actually used as a vise too: fly tiers, jewelry makers, watch makers, etc., use these to hold small items to work on them. The shaft (handle) mounts into a stand that holds it securely.

Jewelers also have a different pin vise design that has moveable pins in small a flat work surface to clamp larger/irregular items like watch cases, etc.

Various types of pin vises

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