How to remove and replace bridge posts?

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  1. Nick-Ogden

    Nick-Ogden Member

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    Hello all!

    I have a new pigtail abr1, posts and thumb wheels to replace the current ones on my r8

    I was wondering what the best method was to remove the posts and put the new ones in, without damaging the guitar or posts

    Sorry if this has been covered before, I couldn't track it down

    Thank you

    Nick
     
  2. GitFiddle

    GitFiddle Premium Member

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    This guy spends a lot (too much) of time talking but the basic idea here should do the trick.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsZ9zBX2eDU]Removing Tune-O-Matic Bushings - YouTube[/ame]

    Oops. Just reread your post and realized you are talking about removing the threaded post that goes directly into the wood?
    You should be able to put two nuts on it, tightened against each other, then back it out with a wrench on the bottom nut.

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/luthiers-corner/61926-removing-abr-1-bridge-posts.html
     
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  3. Nick-Ogden

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    Thank you,

    I had a feeling this had been solved before,sorry to ask again
     
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    GitFiddle Premium Member

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    No problem. It is very difficult to find things here with the search function. Its sometimes easier to find threads here using google. :cool:

    (That's how I found the one I posted)
     
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    Hi fellows,

    I would like to share an experience, I recently removed the bridge and stop bar from my Epi Les Paul, but, I used a 8mm hex bolt to do it, since it's easier to use a wrench than a screw driver, well I thank God I bougth two of them, cause one just got stuck to one post and never came out. The other worked just smoothly. Why? Well the thread on the bolt, the one that stucked on the post was 8mm-1.0, the one that worked amazingly is 8mm-1.25

    So if you're going to use an hex bolt like I did, be sure you use a 8 mm-1.25:thumb:

    Hope this help to some one.


    http://www.dumpyourphoto.com/files3/94164/cQdBUgbIC95.jpg
     
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    Thanks El, and Welcome to MLP. :thumb:
     
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  7. Layne

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    I just did this a couple days ago. First I put masking tape on the guitar top (it has no finish so I was only mildly concerned). Then a large washer that just fits over the bushings to spread out the load, then a socket from a socket wrench set in whatever size had enough clearance inside for the bushings, then screw in a 8x1.25 bolt (american guitars should be 5/16-24). Screw the bolt down and it draws out the bushing easily. I don't know what the chances are that it will crack the finish or damage the wood, so proceed at your own risk.
     

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