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any tips for removing trem arm tips?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by ifurgoingtoSF, May 13, 2011.

  1. ifurgoingtoSF

    ifurgoingtoSF Strat-Talker

    361
    Oct 18, 2009
    New Orleans
    I've got two tremolo arms (same bar thickness but different screw size) and i want to switch the tips. I've done this before and they've come off easily, but for some reason these two tips a stuck. Anybody have a good way of removing them?
     

  2. rcole_sooner

    rcole_sooner Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mar 11, 2010
    Norman, OK
    Heat 'em up with a heat gun or hair dryer.
     

  3. chipbutty24

    chipbutty24 Strat-Talker

    232
    Jul 10, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Use yer teeth, pansy! ;)
     
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  4. jimmiraz

    jimmiraz Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 3, 2010
    Buffalo NY
    A strap wrench is the way to go it won't mar up the tip.
    You could easily make one out of a strip of cloth and screwdriver.
     

  5. sjtalon

    sjtalon Senior Stratmaster

    If your going to throw it away, clamp the tip in a vise and tug and twist away on the arm.
     

  6. Telliot

    Telliot Strat-O-Master

    728
    Jan 18, 2011
    Laguna Hills, CA
    Get some really hot water and let it soak for about 5 mins, should come right off. I have a harder time putting the new tip on, but I use the same method in reverse.
     

  7. STRAT'71

    STRAT'71 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    73
    Jun 4, 2010
    BILLINGE, ENGLAND
    I used a large pair of pliers over a few layers of a towel. No damage whatsoever.
     

  8. stompbox

    stompbox Strat-Talker

    114
    Apr 9, 2011
    Milwaukee
    Soak em in hot water for about 10 minutes or so, use rubber dish gloves if available to twist off. I have cut a piece of bike inner tube to open stuck paints jars, that would work here as well.
     

  9. Malikon

    Malikon Dark Cabaret

    Sep 2, 2009
    Chicago
    Nice tip, thanks.
     

  10. louis cyfer

    louis cyfer i know nothing

    Oct 2, 2010
    arcadia
    just use some of that rubber sticky stuff for the bottom of shelves to grab it.
     

  11. rcole_sooner

    rcole_sooner Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mar 11, 2010
    Norman, OK
    It works for jar lids too. :D
     

  12. BryanFoFyan

    BryanFoFyan Strat-Talk Member

    38
    Oct 25, 2010
    Florida

  13. ifurgoingtoSF

    ifurgoingtoSF Strat-Talker

    361
    Oct 18, 2009
    New Orleans
    Thanks for all the help! The hot water trick got one of them to pop right off. The other is still stuck through. I can't tell for sure but it might be glued or cemented on. I've tried everything short of cutting it in half and it won't come off.
     

  14. scotzoid

    scotzoid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Music City
    I dunno, I can't imagine louis ever having any problem with a stuck jar lid :neutral:
     

  15. Hugh

    Hugh Got Punch ? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 26, 2009
    Louisville (KY)
    Hacksaw and a new tip

    Gilmore style :p
     

  16. MojoEd

    MojoEd Strat-Talker

    153
    Jan 13, 2011
    The Netherlands
    That's true, some tips are glued right on the arm itself. Than it's almost impossible to remove them. Aftermarket products....

    Other than that, i also use the hot water method or just screw them of :)
     

  17. Jimi G

    Jimi G Strat-Talker

    183
    Mar 9, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yep! Some arms are threaded at the tip end. These will not just pull off. Never seen any glued on (from the factory).

    G
     

  18. thaus

    thaus Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2007
    London Canada
    I have used the hair-blower method with success in the past.......
     

  19. Telliot

    Telliot Strat-O-Master

    728
    Jan 18, 2011
    Laguna Hills, CA
    If it's glued, the hairdryer trick should melt the glue, but I would make sure it isn't threaded first.
     

  20. CeltRocka

    CeltRocka Senior Stratmaster

    May 28, 2009
    Wales UK
    Fender arms are threaded. Cheaper arms are usually pushed on or even glued