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Removing Tune-O-Matic Bridge Bushings?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tplyons, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    You know, the things in your guitar that you thread the studs into. How do you get them out of the guitar without ruining it?

    I've aquired a used Epiphone Les Paul Special that I'd like to fix up with a new bridge and new pickups (yes, I know it'll cost more than the guitar's worth) but it's a project, and I'm going to get a nice playing guitar out of it.

    Also, does anyone know if an Epi LPS will fit a Warmoth neck?
  2. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    This is MAINLY a bass building forum, but I'll take a stab at your question.
    1) Are you sure you wanna take those things (anchor posts) out?? I mean, can you reuse them?? Are you switching bridges?? Refinishing the body?
    2) If you really wanna take them out, the best way is to probably leave the screws that screw into the anchor posts screwed in, and use a device that comes and clings to the bottom of the 'nut' part of the screw. Stew-Mac sells something for this....lemme see if I can find a link......

    here's some conversion posts....might be useful:

    I like these tonepros bridges:

    And here's a tool that might be useful:

    that tool is made for knobs, but perhaps you could construct something like it for the tailpiece screws?.....
    good luck!