Removing block of wood from a filled in route

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by markth30, Feb 23, 2014.


  1. markth30

    markth30 Supporting Member

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    I have this old bass and there's a feature that's been bothering me.

    There's a route in the body which looks like it was for the badass. The route has been filled in with a block of wood and the badass attached over top of that.

    I'd like to remove the block from the route and put the badass back into it. Two reasons, aesthetics, and I've lowered the saddles as far as they'll go and and shimmed the neck and the action is still high.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on how to remove the wood block?

    Pic attached
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    Thanks
  2. P Town

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  3. JustForSport

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    A router, or if you're really good with a chisel.
  4. P Town

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    A chisel would work, but it better be very sharp, and a sharp scribe tool, or razor blade knife may come in handy as a marking tool.

    If you aren't familiar with the use of these tools, and you value the bass, you may want to gain experience on a less valuable instrument.
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  6. markth30

    markth30 Supporting Member

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    I do value this bass so it sounds like I'll be bringing it to a luthier.

    Just curious, how would someone plop that wood block in securely , glue?
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Route = A road, course, or way for travel from one place to another.

    A router is a tool used to rout out (hollow out) an area in the face of a relatively hard workpiece, typically of wood or plastic.

    A router would be the most precise way to rout out the area, but it will require very careful work.
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Remove the bridge. The underlying block may just fall off.

    Riis
  9. markth30

    markth30 Supporting Member

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    Oh that'd be funny if it was so easy. Hope so
  10. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    A handful of screws and you'll soon know. That you can do on your own.

    Riis
  11. 96tbird

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    Looks to me the the bridge will bee too far forward if you put the badass in that hole. Saddles are already way back where it is now. That route must be for a smaller bridge or was put in the wrong place by an unskilled neophyte.
  12. markth30

    markth30 Supporting Member

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    I tried pulling the block out, it's stuck in there good.

    The position of the rout did look too far forward. I thought the E saddle would still make intonation if it were pulled all the way back though.

    Maybe I should just leave it alone. It's not broken.

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