Tip & How-To about Welding Tools

If you are experiencing the common problem of the strings breaking at the tremolo (or whammy bar) it is most likely a small burr or worn saddle. A great tip is to invest in a welder's tip cleaning kit instead of expensive guitar file kits. They usually cost less than five dollars at any auto parts supplier. Remove the string entirely and take 3mm allen wrench to remove the string hold down screw. This will be the long screw at the tail end of the unit for the string replacement. Now take a 2.5 mm allen wrench to remove the saddle itself but be careful to mark the position for the natural harmonics to be reasonably close. Now take the welder's cleaning tool and gently file to a smooth finish. The cleaning tool comes with various sizes so pick the closest size to get a good even polish. This should be done with all the saddles but be careful to do one at a time because the saddles are of various hieght to acheive even string action.(string action is the height of the string compared to the level of the fretboard) Now that all of the saddles have been properly marked, polished, and reassembled it's time to correctly reset the individual strings natural harmonics. As you can see the slots are totally adjustable from front to back. Barely snug the saddle hold down's hit the string in tune then easily tap fret twelve. Now gently slide the saddle until it is in tune.(no sound warble, the same as conventional tuning) Once the string is in tune finish tightening the saddle with the 2.5mm allen wrench. Now finish tuning and lock down and fine tune. The tip cleaning tool can save you as much as 20.00 - 40.00 dollars for overpriced speciality tools.

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my boy has an esp ltd ax 150 bass which has broken E strings at the bridge since new almost 1 a week the bridge was modified by a Luthier which worked for a small amount of time then the problem came


You friends bass has a burr on the saddle. take a small fine file and go along the pacth of the string...Go over the saddle and slowly file lightly..This should get rid of your problem...take it to a service center if you arent comfortable doing this

Apr 08, 2013 | ESP AX-414 LTD 4-String Electric Bass...

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I have a Fender Squier Strat. The Whammy bar is


There are MANY tricks to remove a threaded piece like this:

1. With a Dremel tool and a cutoff carborumdum disc cut a shallow slot in the remaining piece and use a straight bladed screw driver to remove. This can only be done if the screw is above or flush with the surface.

2. Carefully drill a small hole in the piece fairly well centered. Use an "EasyOut" to remove the broken part.

3. Carefully drill several small shallow holes on the top of the broken part in a line so as to form a slot for a screwdriver.

4. Carefully drill a hole JUST the right size into the broken part and then drive an Allen wrench into the hole to turn the broken part. The hole has to be just the right size so the wrench can peal tiny pieces off to grab the broken part.. this is tricky to get the size just right.

5. Use a detist drill to cut a slot.

In all these use a penetrating oil or CRC226 to make it easier to turn.

Mar 08, 2010 | Fender Squier Std Strat Mn Car

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i dont know how to put a whammy bar on a fender stratocaster


Look near the near the highest string at the the silver part known as the bridge.There should be a hole right near the bottom of the thinnest string.Take the threaded end of the whammy bar and screw it in clockwise into the body.

Sep 20, 2009 | Squier Stop Dreaming Start Playing...

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need help putting my guitar together


The "handle type thing" is a Tremolo or, more often referred to as a "whammy" bar. The thing at the base of the strings is called a bridge. Looking at the strings, there should be a hole to the right of the smallest string. If your "handle" is threaded, stick the threaded end into the hole and rotate in a clockwise motion. Once is hits the bottom of the threads, back it off one turn and gravity will let it hang out of the way while you play. If there are no threads, it will slip in and you will feel a "click" when it's in the proper position.

On the back of the guitar, there is a cover plate that covers the cavity where the springs are located that make the "whammy bar" work. The springs hold tension on the bridge so you can tune it and play normally, but let the "whammy bar" stretch or release tension on the strings when you push or pull it. If you already have springs inside the cavity, the extra spring you have will let you add more tension to the bridge, but you probably won't need it. If there are no springs already installed, you can install your "extra" spring in there to give you the flex and spring for the "bar-handle" to work properly.

To install a spring, loosen or remove your guitar strings, open the cover on the back, and install the spring over the hooks on the bridge and the hook on a metal bar on the other end of the cavity. Replace the cover, insert your "handle", and wiggle-away.

The allen wrenches are most likely for adjustment of the moveable pieces that support the strings on the bridge. The bridge has adjustments for up and down, and forward and back to adjust the height and distance where the string is supported. Don't adjust the bridge supports unless you loosen the strings. It is highly recommended that you don't make any adjustments yourself unless you are familiar with the mechanism. You can adjust your guitar where it's impossible to keep in tune if the adjustments are not perfect. There are usually guitar repair shops close by and offer "set-up" services to get your instrument adjusted properly. It's well worth the money to have it done right, and the service people with often teach you many things that will help keep your instrument playing well.

Hope this helps.

Jim
jimmydsmith@cox.net
Phoenix, Az

Jan 10, 2009 | Fender Squier Std Strat Mn Car

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My Dean razorback V Standard keeps going out of tune and I have no clue how to fix it.


First, I don't know how long you've been playing guitar but you need to make sure the strings aren't old and/or not kept clean. The oils and skin cells from our fingers will cause strings to break down in there elasticity, therefore causing them to lose there retention (eg. memory). If you have a locking system with floating bridge then make sure your locks are tight, but not to tight as to strip or break the screws. Next, if you have a cheaper guitar, like in the $250 range, you will experience this more often than not, especially if you don't have a locking system. But just remember that guitars have to be retuned all the time (just watch live video of guitarists like Jimmy Page and Angus Young, etc.) if you play a lot and really play the instrument to the fullest (eg. Dive Bombs, EVH Horsie, Pitch Bends, etc.). Also, when you put on new strings they need time to stretch before they find that place where they retain their memory so it's a good idea to play and stretch the strings using various techniques like bending and whammy (EVH has been known to boil his strings to aid in this). Last, but not quite the least, if you find your guitar going out of tune after just a few minutes and after all my suggestions then your guitar may have a problem with its INTONATION, which you'll need to take it to a guitar technician which won't cost much and you'll be very happy with the sound. One last thing to remember, if you have a cheaper guitar without locking system they're really not capable or designed for using the whammy bar that comes with most of them---this is just a feature for helping to sell the guitar because everyone wants a whammy bar---the guitar will go considerably out of tune everytime it's used. Hope this long explanation helps.

Dec 09, 2008 | Dean Razorback Db Electric Guitar

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