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Broken Whammy Bar

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  1. stratocaster531

    stratocaster531 New Member!

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    Yo, my cousins were messing with my guitar and snapped my whammy bar, so now the screw is stuck right in there. Is there some way I could fish the screw out and replace the whammy bar? The slot where it goes in isn't exactly round anymore either. Please help! :confused:
     
  2. jflintmac

    jflintmac Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You need to drill a hole in the peice that is stuck in there and then get a left handed screw to pull it out with.
    Or just order a new block from guitar fettish for about 15 bucks...
     
  3. louis cyfer

    louis cyfer i know nothing

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    pro grabit
     
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    69shovlhed New Member!

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    there are tools called "easy out"s that mechanics use for just such an occasion. you drill the broken piece w/ a left handed drill bit and then stick the easy out in the hole and twist it out. sometimes the left handed drill bit will snatch the broken screw and turn it out if it wasn't too tight. you don't have to use a left handed drill bit, but they come w/ the set. if you know a good mechanic, he can help you out. but if he's a hack, he'll ruin your bridge...
     
  5. louis cyfer

    louis cyfer i know nothing

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    pro grabit. 15 bucks or so, and much better than the easy out.
     
  6. mcottam75

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    Theres a few things you could try alot depends on how its snapped inside and one possible way would be that when metal snaps it sometimes leaves a metal lip at the snap point which if the piece stuck inside isnt to tight then you can use a flat screwdriver and work the screw out using the metal lip as something for the screwdriver to catch on. The other option again if its not to tight inside would be to superglue something on the end of the screw inside the guitar and let it set then twist it out. Im sure you will get some good advice on how to take it out as there will be lots of different ways to do it so good luck and let us know how you get on
     
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    Vintage59 Senior Stratmaster

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    Or the perfect excuse to get a Callaham block & arm... :twisted:
     
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    I had this happen and was lucky enough that it broke even with the bridge plate. I removed the assembly and unscrewed the block from the bridge plate and there was enough of a nub to twist it out with a pair of locking pliers. If that doesnt work, it will at least be easier to use a screw extracter (easy out, super out, etc..) if you can put the block in a vice by itself without the bridge plate.

    Good Luck. Let us know how it turns out for you.
     
  9. Bosskidblues

    Bosskidblues Strat-Talk Member

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    same thing just happened to me today you are not alone! did you get it fixed yet?
     
  10. stratocaster531

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    Yo bosskidblues. I haven't fixed it yet but I will try mcottam75's answer and let you know how it goes :)
     
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    Thanks heaps. I'll try it out and see if it works =)
     
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    Note do not use glue. It gets stuck and takes ages to get out.
     
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