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Unable to remove machine head, possibly stripped?

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Joined: 6 years ago
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I'm trying to put new locking tuners on my Fender Telecaster. The current tuners are stock and the guitar had one owner before me. It looks like he/she messed up the machine head for the high E string. I can turn the nut to unscrew it, but it does nothing but spin indefinitely. All the others come off easily. I'm looking for ideas on how to get this thing off without damaging the headstock. The machine head doesn't need to be salvaged for future use, so anything goes.

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Joined: 6 years ago
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Lift the tuner with a little pressure as you turn the screw. Try not to put any force on the screw driver. The pressure lifting the tuner needs to be greater than the force pressing down on the screw.