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Stripped Screw Problem

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rope, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. Rope


    May 27, 2003
    Essexville, MI
    The screw that holds down the string retainer on a Jazz Bass that I recently picked up is stripped. The retainer flops around a bit and I would like to tighten it down. The head of the screw is so badly damaged, I can't get a screwdriver to engage to tighten or loosen the screw.

    Any suggestions on how to get this thing out? It is in a pretty inaccessible spot and I have exhausted everything I can think of.
  2. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    drill it out a bit and use an easy out, or more comonly called a "spiral screw extractor"
  3. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    take a file or a dremel and make a new slot in the top