Bridge stop tailpiece stud puller made from inexpensive home depot parts

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Thought I would like to share this with you. I spent a little time putting together a bridge stop tailpiece stud puller out of off the shelf home depot parts. Oddly enough a standard plumbing washer fit perfectly around the stud thereby protecting the guitars finish, and then a metal washer over that to act as a metal base, and then a standard natural gas coupler, another washer large, and another small, and a nut and you are all set. See the photos. The first 5 are posted here, and I will do a reply to this post in order to post the additional ones. These are in sequence so if you click on the first photo to see the first step, the second one to see the second etc. Easy way to do it is to click on the first photo and then just choose "next". After you get to the 5th one, go to my reply below in order to see the last 4 for a total of 9.
 

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Here are the additional photos.
If you are going to replicate this take your stop tail piece adjustable bolt along with you so you can match up the threads to the bolt you are going to buy. Also pick up the natural gas fitting before determining the bolt length. Just pick a bolt that will go deep enough into the body mounted stud so as to not risk too little bite, and yet shallow enough not to bottom out.
 

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Great idea! do it yourself has always been front and center.
The only thing that would have been better is that if your photos
would have been more clear but i got the idea.

Good job and thanks for an interesting post.
 

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Pretty cool! Would be nice to have an actual tool to do that. Normally i would just drop a tiny nut down the hole and rescrew the post back in. When the post hits the nut in the whole jus keep tightening and the threads of the post force the bushing up and out. Works in a pinch.
 

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Thank you guys for your kind words. My main concern, and the reason why I did it this way is that I wanted to be sure as to pull the stud out evenly. Doing anything that may create an off angle pull runs the risk of chipping the edge of the hole. This method guarantees that not only are you exactly removing it in a balanced center, you also due to the rubber washer are creating some downward pressure around the rim to prevent tear out withou harming the finish. Technically a washer that would mate up to the first rubber washer exactly in the middle would be even more ideal in order to prevent tear out.
 

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I just got a patent on your invention. They'll be selling them at Stew Macs pretty soon. Thanks a bunch! :thumb:












:laugh2: Just kidding.
 

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That's cool. Total cost under $5?
 

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Good idea. I did bout the same awhile back when I repainted and add Bigsby on my studio.. cost about $1.75. made from old junk parts.. Later
 

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Good idea. I did bout the same awhile back when I repainted and add Bigsby on my studio.. cost about $1.75. made from old junk parts.. Later

Great stuff. I especially like your bolt system because you have an infinitely adjustable bolt depth with nut on the threaded rod, so you don't have to calculate the depth with just the right bolt each time.
I do however would like to see additional protection on where the metal washer meets the painted body.
I also love the color of the guitar with the cream colored P90's. I had a 66 Chevelle in that combination; favorite car of all time.
 

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I've never seen the anchors-bushings or whatever is the correct terminology, out before. except on a restoration and that didn't show how.

B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!

So if I was going to do that on my LP and reinstall a nice locking tailpiece kit, they'd just press back in?

Is there anything to be careful of? The rubber washer would keep the top from chipping as it was pulled out I'd say. Nice.

Thanks Fellas!
 

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Hope you didnt think I was trying to bust your balloon. It is a brilliant idea and i like the fact that it is centered and will keep from screwing up the finish. Good job and thanks. I will be making one of these.
 

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"thefees".. I do however would like to see additional protection on where the metal washer meets the painted body.
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Thanks.. I did have clear tape under the old washer, worked very good...
Great mines think alike. Later
 

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