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One of the most common repairs: Toothpicks

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Trevorus, Sep 20, 2004.


  1. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    This will answer most questions for stripped holes in your bass.

    For most repairs such as stripped strap screws, tuner hold-down screws, bridge screws, and the like, here is your repair:

    Get some toothpicks and regular wood glue. Put a bit of wood glue on the toothpicks and put them in the hole that you are trying to repair. You may have to use multiple toothpicks for this kind of repair. In the case of strap pins, you do not want to push them in there too hard, or you can, in some cases, start to crack the body. This generally only happens in less expensive basses with ply bodies, but I thought it was worth the mention.

    Anyways, you will want to let it dry for the time allotted on the directions for the glue, and then just screw your screw back in there. Don't turn too far, or you may strip it out again. Just snug it. In some cases, just a bit more than snug(like on bridges and the like).

    In some cases, usually more extreme ones, you may need to have a luthier drill out the hole a bit and install a hardwood dowell to solidify the repair. The toothpicks generally fixes most problems.

    In the case of reapir on other materials, such as graphite composite or plastics, you may need to use some stuff that I like to call plumbers epoxy. It's great stuff that comes in a little roll, and you knead the gray and white putty together until it turns gray. Then you have a couple of minutes to fill in your repair. This stuff can be finished with paint if need be when it is dry. It makes for strong repairs if done correctly, but it doesn't repair everything. Some cases, you may need to just replace the broken part.

    This may be sticky material for the Setup or Luthiers corner forum...