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  • Guitar hacks (AKA little tricks that make your life easier when dealing with guitars)

    I read somewhere recently on this forum about putting springs on a Floyd retainer bar.



    Sure made stringing up a Floyded guitar easier :P
    See the ball ends on the tuning pegs? Another trick I learned from this forum as well.
    Does anyone else have any other 'hacks'/tricks to share?
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    Go to a RC hobby store and buy the 4 way socket lug, works great on tuner nuts also.
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    • #3
      I cut all my pickup springs so that they're a bit shorter than the screw so that they'll be easier to assemble. Nothing like fighting with those fawking springs for absolutely no reason.

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      • #4
        I cut all my pickup springs so that they're a bit shorter than the screw so that they'll be easier to assemble. Nothing like fighting with those fawking springs for absolutely no reason.


        Building on that idea, I suggest throwing the springs away and, instead, using surgical tubing: http://www.allparts.com/1-Foot-Surgical-Tubing-p/GS-0330-000.htm

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        • #5
          When installing a screw into wood for the first time, I like to rub a little bit of soap on the screw to ease the initial thread-cutting in the wood. When reinstalling after removal, I turn the screw counterclockwise until it 'drops' into the threads cut into the wood, then clockwise until it's tight. Practically eliminates stripping. No biggie for something like pickguard screws, but downright handy for important things like the neck and bridge.

          Oh! That reminds me. I always make sure the neck attachment screws can pass freely through the holes in the body - if they bind, I generally clean out the holes with the appropriate drill bit. I tell myself it leads to a tighter neck/body connection, but more than anything, it just makes proper neck removal/install easier. It also makes proper sense from an engineering standpoint, which pleases my OCD.
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          • #6
            When installing a screw into wood for the first time, I like to rub a little bit of soap on the screw to ease the initial thread-cutting in the wood. When reinstalling after removal, I turn the screw counterclockwise until it 'drops' into the threads cut into the wood, then clockwise until it's tight. Practically eliminates stripping. No biggie for something like pickguard screws, but downright handy for important things like the neck and bridge.

            Oh! That reminds me. I always make sure the neck attachment screws can pass freely through the holes in the body - if they bind, I generally clean out the holes with the appropriate drill bit. I tell myself it leads to a tighter neck/body connection, but more than anything, it just makes proper neck removal/install easier. It also makes proper sense from an engineering standpoint, which pleases my OCD.


            Good tips! I always strip the threads in my body too to ensure a tight neck connection. Not many things are worse than seeing a neck floating off the body because the threads in the body prevent the screws from tightening any more.
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            • #7
              When changing strings on a Bigsby, keep a pencil handy with a fresh eraser. Jam the eraser between the pins that you have just put the ball end on to keep them there while you use your hands to thread and tighten the string.
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              • #8
                I know it is a simple one, and widely known, but a butter knife is the bomb for removing knobs from the shafts on a strat.

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                • #9
                  I know it is a simple one, and widely known, but a butter knife is the bomb for removing knobs from the shafts on a strat.


                  I use a stack of picks instead. No chance of any scratch. You just jam picks in there and turn the knob, next thing you know, boom, out.

                  Also, a little fun trick is that you can get Tune-O-Matic bushings out by dropping something small in the hole, then just using the post itself and letting it pull the bushings up as you're turning it.
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                  • #10
                    I know it is a simple one, and widely known, but a butter knife is the bomb for removing knobs from the shafts on a strat.


                    I use fishing line.

                    When removing pegs from the bridge of my acoustic when changing strings, I use a teaspoon to wedge them out. Keep one in the case, works like a charm.
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                    • #11
                      When I'm installing trem springs, I use hook tools, usually used for car stereos.

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                      • #12
                        I know it is a simple one, and widely known, but a butter knife is the bomb for removing knobs from the shafts on a strat.


                        Edge of my shirt works for me...!

                        Worn-down nut slots can be fixed with a paste made from pencil lead mixed with superglue in the offending gap, then a quick refile.

                        Gets rid of an annoying string buzz (on a short-term basis) until you can find the time to put a new nut on.

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                        • #13
                          Edge of my shirt works for me...!

                          Worn-down nut slots can be fixed with a paste made from pencil lead mixed with superglue in the offending gap, then a quick refile.

                          Gets rid of an annoying string buzz (on a short-term basis) until you can find the time to put a new nut on.


                          Every time I read someone's post it reminds me of the things I do. I mix baking soda and superglue to raise my nut slots. I don't even buy new ones, seems to hold. Funny how we all find a way with what we have on hand.
                          One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

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                          • #14
                            DIY is a way of life :P

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                            • #15
                              Every time I read someone's post it reminds me of the things I do. I mix baking soda and superglue to raise my nut slots. I don't even buy new ones, seems to hold. Funny how we all find a way with what we have on hand.


                              Two part clay epoxy works pretty well also.
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