The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123137   Message #2707828
Posted By: Genie
24-Aug-09 - 11:45 PM
Thread Name: Screw loose - Do I need a Martin luthier
Subject: Screw loose - Do I need a Martin luthier
I can't play my old Martin right now because I have a screw loose.

Yeah, I know, I know, some of you are thinking "This is news?"
And to be more precise, it's the Martin's tuning peg screw that's in question, and it's not so much "loose" as it is "gone."

I think the screw was loose for some time and probably has been missing for a few months too, but the tuning gear was held in place by tension until I changed the strings -- whereupon the gear fell off.

I have the gear but I need a screw -- Yeah, yeah, do not let your minds go there! -- before my D string (Whew!) will function properly.

Now, my question is this:
Given that this is a vintage Martin, do I need to take it to an authorized Martin luthier-repairer to get the proper screw? Is it important for them to install it?
Or should I just go to any old guitar shop and get a screw for a tuning peg and then do it myself?

My Martin technician is way across town, so I'd prefer to do the latter, but not if there's a good reason for going to the authorized Martin guy.