Bridge Reglue?

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  1. jack76

    jack76 TDPRI Member

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    I have a Regal R-235 that I love the sound of but ever since I got It The action has always seemed high and it looks like the bridge has started to lift up. I have a little experience with woodworking, glueing, etc. but would I be able to remove the bridge and Reglue it myself? Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. corliss1

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    Usually the cool kids heat the area with an iron (well, not usually an off-the-shelf iron) on the bridge and then work their way around with thin metal spatulas until they get it off. Clean up the two surfaces, put it back nicely with special clamps that go inside the soundhole and out around the top to hold pressure, let it sit for a day, and you're good.

    If you think that sounds doable, give it a shot. If not, it's not a super expensive job to have done.
     
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    Beat me to it. Frank Ford's site is a treasure trove of information about acoustic guitars and their care and feeding. Excellent information there and Frank has an entertaining way of presenting it. You can waste hours on his site. I know I have.
     
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    So what I said earlier, plus removing the decorative bolt covers and bolts :D
     
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    It is very important to clean ALL the glue from the wood surfaces without dis-forming the mating surfaces. Bear in mind that the sound board and bridge both have a good 30 ft radius sanded into them and that the bridge will not re-bond properly if the radius is not maintained.
     
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    Good advice above on how to clean and repair.

    Just FYI, the tiny bit of extra string height caused by that barely lifted bridge is probably not the source of much ‘high action’. It’s good to fix it but you’ll likely not see much difference in playability. You can read other stuff on fixing high action on the guitar repair websites.
     
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