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Reagle 06 Oct 05 - 10:29 AM
Songster Bob 06 Oct 05 - 10:37 AM
Reagle 06 Oct 05 - 11:14 AM
Mooh 06 Oct 05 - 12:25 PM
number 6 06 Oct 05 - 01:27 PM
Mooh 06 Oct 05 - 02:44 PM
GUEST,polly 24 Mar 11 - 03:45 PM
Little Hawk 24 Mar 11 - 04:45 PM
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Subject: Guitar repair question
From: Reagle
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 10:29 AM

I've managed to snap off the bridge peg from my guitar. Not clever, tto tired should have left it till the morning. My DIY ability, (it may be a sign now I think of it), any advice on what to do next? It seems very minor to take it to a lutherer, but equally the thought of approaching my guitar with a power drill...

Any advice, as ever, appreciated.

R


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: Songster Bob
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 10:37 AM

Bridge peg? You mean the pin that holds a string in place? Or do you mean a tuning peg (though that's not the bridge end of the string)?

If it's a string pin, you should be able to pop it out with your finger, poking from underneath (loosen all the strings, slip your hand in, and find the end of the plastic pin; push up). If that's not an option (the pin doesn't come all the way through, for example), just use a small screw-driver to pry it out. There's likely a slot for the string, which gives you a place to put the small screw-driver end, and then pry upwards. If you must drill, use a much-smaller-than-the-hole-in-the-bridge size drill bit, and drill into the pin, which is replaceabe, not the bridge, which is not so.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: Reagle
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 11:14 AM

Errr, it had never crossed my mind that it went all the way through, (doh!). I'll try that, the screwdriver thought is a good one too as I wouldn't trust me with a drill.

Many thanks

R


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: Mooh
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 12:25 PM

Don't use a screwdriver without protecting what you're prying against from damage.

The inside approach is likely what will work, but if not, drill a small pilot hole down the pin's centre, carefully thread in a smallish screw a couple of turns and pull out using the screw as a handle.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: number 6
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 01:27 PM

Take Mooh's advice here ... I should add that a tool called a Dremel (small hand rotary tool) is perfect for the drilling.

sIx


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: Mooh
Date: 06 Oct 05 - 02:44 PM

sIx...Yup, a Dremel is often lighter and easier to manipulate than a regular powered hand drill. I was just wondering what I did pre-Dremel and realized why I own an old-fashioned hand crank drill (which still gets some use).

Make sure that axe is fastened down somehow, you don't want to slip and start a new soundhole.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: GUEST,polly
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 03:45 PM

i have a 1980's ovation guitar, it got damaged years ago, and a cowboy put on a new front so i lost the old design on the sound hole can a front be located for it?


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Subject: RE: Guitar repair question
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Mar 11 - 04:45 PM

If it's a bridge pin, it can definitely be pushed up through from the inside by putting your hand in there, finding the end of the pin, and pushing up. If it hurts your finger, put a piece of leather or something between the end of your finger and the pin as you push on it. It will be easier to remove if the string is not pulled all the way up...that is, if the "barrel" end of the string is not snugged up against the hole on the underside. A loosened-off string can usually be pushed down farther into the hole to achieve that.

polly - It will not be too easy to locate a new top for an old Ovation, and it will be expensive. A luthier can make a new top for it, but that will be expensive too. I'd just get another guitar if I were you.


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