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How are you doing I need to replace the tuning machine heads on my 1972 Ibanez performance acoustic and I want to know if you could tell me what the best option to do that would be and I would prefer not to have to drill any holes in The head stock or anything if possible thank you for your time 

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If you take one machine head out and make sure that the measurements of the replacement are the same as the existing one, they should fit just fine. Check not only the bore diameter but also the peg length, the height the string hole will be above the base of the machine head and the location of screw holes.

For example, Schaller shows not only a photo of its machine heads (one model is on this page) but if you scroll down you will see the drawings withg all the measurements for you to check.

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@Supermanslithergun If you're unsure about this I suggest you just take your guitar to your local music /guitar store and show it to them (provided they are open re covid that is...) They should be able to match you up with the proper size and type to exactly fit your guitar, without drilling any new holes. As Fretless says, the post will have to be the correct height and diameter. If you choose good brands like Grover or Schaller, it would be a chance to upgrade your guitar as well. You could do it, or take the opportunity to have them do it with a new set of strings and a pro set up as well. It should play like a new guitar or better!


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