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Removing wood cap/plugs from bridge

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rumblethump, Oct 18, 2003.


  1. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    I have an old Vox Acoustic/Electric 12 string with a wasted neck. I would like to remove the current bridge but there are 2 wood plugs/caps that cover the bolts that hold the bridge to the top. I'm not sure if they are glued, but they don't easily come out. Is there any technique/tool I should use to remove these so I can get to the bolts or should I just drill them out? I am going to convert this into a A/E 34" scale bass. TIA.
     
  2. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    I went ahead and removed the caps. They turned out to be plastic and they were plugged into a something that looks alot like a rivet? I've tried to use some allen wrenches to back them off, but none seem to fit or maybe the hole is round? (geezer eyes) Were rivets used to fasten bridges? It sure feels and appears in a mirror, like a bolt is sticking out inside the body.
    Any observations?