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Using bushings for screw holes?!!?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by myke.nytemare, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. I saw a bass a while ago (and missed out on purchasing it) that seemed pretty neat. The builder had used threaded bushings (mounted flush into the body of the bass) wherever there were screws (neck pocket, bridge, pickups). Considering the wear and tear that does come from removing the cavity cover/pickguard, adjusting the neck (heel accessed truss rod), adjusting the pickups, etc; this seems like a great idea.

    Anyone on here ever do this? If so, where would I procure such small bushings? How do you secure them into the wood?

    I am trying to build a very resilient bass that can take major abuse and parts-switching (tour, recording, etc) and this is just one of several ideas that I would like to have become a reality
  2. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    yeah, ive seen it done before, it really makes it better for taking screws in and out without damaging the screws, i have never done it but ive seen them in hardware stores, you really have to know what it is exactly what your looking for so you can describe it.
  3. Alaska Bass

    Alaska Bass

    Dec 31, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Here are a few example sites that you can use. If you don't want to order online, try a local specialty hardware store. The box stores may even have what you need. BTW, they work wonderfully and are very easy to install. Don't use too large a drill bit, and don't use a hand operated drill, the best way to drill the holes for these are on a drill press (no movement ensures the holes don't grow oblong due to drill movement.

  4. awesome..thanks
  5. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Alembic and Warwick use inserts; just one of the many reasons that they are worth the money :)
  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Many custom builders use them. For sources, do a search here on "threaded insert" and maybe "source".