Pigtail bushing installation???

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  1. Maxman

    Maxman Member

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    Hello all, nice to be here, banned from other LP site for voicing MY opinion. Didn't quite comply with the minions over there I guess. Anyway, I want to install a pigtail stop tail piece on a M@x LP, it currently has Historic hardware on it and I was wondering how to remove the stud bushings?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Markster

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    Get a socket that is big enough so the bushing can freely go up into it. Go to the hardware store and buy a bolt with fine threads. (about 2" long depending on your socket height) Take a piece of cardboard and cut a circle hole in it big enough for the bushing to pass through. Lay the cardboard you cut over the top of your guitar centered over the bushing.(This protects your top.) Then place the socket over the cardboard. Stick your bolt through the top of the socket into the bushing and tighten. This will pull the bushing out of the guitar. (The bushing is actually pulled into the socket, so make sure the socket is big enough.)

    It's easy, just take your time. :cheers:

    Seems lots of people have been banned at the LPF lately. :fingersx:
     
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    I use about 6 large washers that the stud bushing will fit thru
    & one That the thread of the stud only fits thru

    ( put tape on the bottom washer to protect paint)

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    Heat the bushing with a soldering iron

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    Stack the washers with smallest on top & screw the stud into the bushing which raises the bushings up & out as you tighten
     
  4. Maxman

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    Thanks, I really appreciate it!
     
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    I've also always scored the nitro around the bushing with an exacto.
     
  6. GuitarGal

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    :wave: Maxman~

    Welcome here~
     
  7. FLICKOFLASH

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    found this on the net
    here is how to put the pigtail bushings in



    things you will need:

    1) 5/16" - 24 unf hex bolt - length will vary approx 2 1/2"
    2) socket set
    3) 1/4" thick rubber pad 2" square
    4) 5-10 5/16" nom id washers
    5) drill press

    cut a hole in the rubber just a little bigger than bushing.

    cut rubber to shape to avoid tone knobs when rubber lays flat on axe.

    (rubber must be bigger diameter than socket or you will fuck up axe)

    a) lay rubber over bushing with old stud removed

    b) place a larger socket over bushing hole, screw in 5/16 hex bolt,
    thru opening of socket with washers between bolt head and socket


    d) make sure rubber is under socket to protect axe

    e) tighten the screw with a wrench or socket set and it will pull up old bushing from guitar into the inside of the socket
    that is laying on guitar


    this is an easy method! just make sure that there is room and
    thread to drive the old stud into the inside of the socket head.
    that stud needs room to go if it is not inside the guitar. be sure the inside of the socket
    is longer than the stud or it will lock up.
    be sure the thread in the 5/16" bolt
    is longer than the thread of the stud
    you are removing. picture in your mind what is happening here before you attempt
    to do it! you can vary the number of washers used to get the lengths right.

    go slow and think things out first

    to install new stud:

    go to a drill press and install a solid rod of steel, just a little
    smaller than the bushing diameter.

    hold the new stud in place and be sure it is not angled

    hand crank the drill press and drive the steel rod into the
    bushing which will drive it into the guitar


    :thumb:
     

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