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Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« on: February 19, 2011, 01:58:47 PM »
I've noticed that the bushings for the wraparound bridge/tailpiece of one of my Juniors look a bit loose.  There's a slight gap at the back of each hole, presumably because the string tension is pulling them forward in the fairly soft Far Eastern mahogany-equivalent.  I haven't tried actually pulling them out yet.

It's not really bad, I don't think the holes need plugging and re-drilling, but what's a good way to fix it?  I have loads of spare bushings from TonePros studs etc, so I may be able to find some which are a tighter fit.  Failing that, is glue a good idea or a no-no?  And presumably longer bushings would be sturdier than short ones?

Cheers for any thoughts.  :)
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 02:06:53 PM »
my girlfriend would say to use no more nails  :roll:

I would say you're best off asking Jonathan at Feline, Wez V or Paul at PR Guitars - between those three there probably ain't much they ain't seen or repaired.


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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 02:12:53 PM »
at this early stage i would go for some normal woodglue like titebond original.

because its waterbased it will swell the wood slightly and set-everything in place, but wont form a strong bond with the metal - they can still be removed relatively easily by heating the stud first

longer bushing with a tighter fit isnt a bad idea if you have them.

there are things you can do with superglue or epoxy  to firm up the wood, but they are a bit more risky - cant really damage anything with a waterbased wood glue


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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 02:38:07 PM »
I would say you're best off asking Jonathan at Feline, Wez V or Paul at PR Guitars - between those three there probably ain't much they ain't seen or repaired.

I was hoping they'd read this!  :lol:


As Mr V has done  :) .... thanks for the advice Wez.  Good point about the superglue, it can be useful as a wood hardener, I sometimes put it in screw holes to stop them stripping.  But I'll try replacing the bushings first.
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 04:42:05 PM »
Phil - I have a lot of tailpiece bushings in stock if you need some

Another thought is that the Tonepros ones with the separate top may serve you well as they would clamp down hard on the tailpiece & stop the wraparound from tipping forward and adding more leverage to the posts

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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 06:12:29 PM »
Thanks Jon,  I am planning to use some TonePros studs (I have lots of spare sets, which, as usual, I haven't got round to using!).

I may also use some Faber spacer rings between the studs and the body, to minimise the forward tilt as much as possible!



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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2011, 12:40:50 AM »
Thanks Jon,  I am planning to use some TonePros studs (I have lots of spare sets, which, as usual, I haven't got round to using!).

I may also use some Faber spacer rings between the studs and the body, to minimise the forward tilt as much as possible!





Why dont you pop in with her
The job wont take long (wont cost much) and if we get it sorted it's one less thing for you to get around to doing  :D

And then you can enjoy playing her

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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2011, 11:43:58 AM »
I may do that!
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2011, 12:52:43 PM »
and it will always be nice to see you and catch up etc

I saw Europe last night and they were brilliant!
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2011, 01:17:53 PM »
And I kind of promise not to put any nice lightweight Feline Lions in your hands in a temptation kind of way   :lol:

this is kind of a lie ;) a trip to feline is always GAS inducing
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2011, 03:00:33 PM »
And I kind of promise not to put any nice lightweight Feline Lions in your hands in a temptation kind of way   :lol:

this is kind of a lie ;) a trip to feline is always GAS inducing

I'm feeling a bit GAS-immune just recently, but there's still that element of risk...!  :lol:
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2011, 06:12:31 PM »
I'm feeling a bit GAS-immune just recently, but there's still that element of risk...!  :lol:

:lol:

I could say the same.... but I won't... because everytime I do say it (not necessarily on here) I seem to acquire something else a few days later... :roll:
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Re: Loose tailpiece bushings - repair advice please!
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2011, 06:23:02 PM »
GAS is just like AIDS... If you take the medicines, it gets weak and even varnish of the blood test, but get a week without the medicine and it's back... There is no cure!