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martin francis - Posted - 06/29/2017:  19:36:18


I have an Alvarez F-3 mandolin (2006). A white plastic button at the end of one of the tuner peg broke.  I am living outside the states with no access to parts.  I contacted Alvarez, which says it does not have any in stock because it stopped making mandolins in 2006. Could anyone give me advice on how to track down a button that will fit?



Thanks,



 



Martin

UsuallyPickin - Posted - 06/30/2017:  05:59:05


Stewart McDonald StewMac

stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts...nobs.html

they may not have the exact button ... but they have several .. R/

Mandodennis - Posted - 06/30/2017:  11:29:22


Stewmac is a good source for replacement buttons as already suggested.  Sometimes the button replacement is easy and other times not so much - depends on the tuning pegs on the Alvarez.   Are the buttons screwed on or press fit?  Check this Stewmac video to get some idea what I am talking about.. 



youtube.com/watch?v=SB3RVVye-gw



​If the buttons are screw-on types, no problem, if you can get similar buttons for the model pegs installed on the Alvarez . The better tuners made by Schaller, Grover and Gotoh all have replaceable buttons which are secured to the shaft with a screw. Buttons are available from the manufacturers as well as their dealers.  Start at Stewmac looking at what they have and then browse through eBay.  You will find a variety of buttons there as well.



If the buttons are press fit, then the video I linked to illustrates the dance sometimes required.



Replacing the entire tuner set might be something to consider.  Once one plastic button goes the rest may follow soon.   Replacing the entire peg set is sometimes the path of least effort (and sometimes the least cost too).  Most pegs have standard spacing between the posts.  The mounting screws generally will be similar as well - the bottom hole may be a millimeter or so different depending on the brand.  But that is easily dealt with.  It only takes a screwdriver in most cases to do the job - no hot pokers.  If the mandolin was an older model we'd have to talk about peg shaft diameters and bushing dimensions.  But your mandolin is modern and should be compatible with current tuning peg dimensions.  Only one way to find out.   If you have calipers you can take measurements and compare them to the specs on the Stewmac website for the perg sets they offer.   Once you know what will work best you can buy a set where you can get the best price.



Dennis



 

martin francis - Posted - 06/30/2017:  17:40:01


quote:

Originally posted by martin francis

 

I have an Alvarez F-3 mandolin (2006). A white plastic button at the end of one of the tuner peg broke.  I am living outside the states with no access to parts.  I contacted Alvarez, which says it does not have any in stock because it stopped making mandolins in 2006. Could anyone give me advice on how to track down a button that will fit?




Thanks,




 




Martin







 

martin francis - Posted - 06/30/2017:  17:40:47


THANKS GUYS, I WILL CONTACT STEWART MAC

MARTIN

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