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Rickenbacker bridge height adjustment screw hole stripped...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BigJohnny, Nov 4, 2012.


  1. BigJohnny

    BigJohnny

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    The height adjustment screw hole on my 2011 4003 Mapleglo bridge (next to E string) is stripped. I can literally pull out the height adjustment screw without turning it.

    Does anyone have any experience with fixing an issue like this? Do I need to buy a new bridge ($75 on Rickenbacker's site) or this this something that can be fixed without taking it to a repair shop?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. rockinrayduke

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  3. Ric5

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    Is it the bridge or the allen screw?
     
  4. Ric5

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    If the hole is bigger than it should be you may be able to put the next size larger allen screw in the hole and have it work.
     
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  6. curbowkid

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    He said he can pull it out without turning it. He means the actual screw itself ;D
     
  7. BigJohnny

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    The threads on the screw are fine. I am pretty sure it is the hole on the bridge. If positioned right I can turn the screw and it will catch and start to go in, but if I jiggle it back and forth I can pull it out.

    I am going to stop by the hardware store and see if this is something they carry - and then the music shop where I take my basses in for repair.
     
  8. Ric5

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    Your local hardware store will probably have the next size larger screw that may work. Get 2 of them. Use the first to cut new threads and the second the hold the bridge in place.
     
  9. JLS

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    Could this *possibly* be a warranty issue? No one's mentioned contacting Rickenbacker about this.

    Here's a maybe, if you want to use the original height adjustment allen screw: get a nut that's the same thread, and JB Weld (epoxy) it to the underside/inside of the bridge. Rough up both surfaces to be epoxied as much as possible. Use the slow curing JB Weld, and let it cure for a whole day.
     
  10. Fishheadjoe

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    Just a thought, but why not try some plumbers tape on the threads of the screw? Might proivide enough grip to hold the screw.
    Fishheadjoe
     
  11. BigJohnny

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    To my surprise, this worked. :D Thanks!

    This will hold me until I can get it properly fixed.
     
  12. Fishheadjoe

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    Glad that worked for yah... I wouldn't imagine it being a permanent fix, although if you don't have to adjust that screw for some time to come, it might last quite some time.
    Fishheadjoe
     

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