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Help.... stripped,screw!

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Bean438, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Bean438

    Bean438 TDPRI Member

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    So I installed the fishman Greg Koch pickups in my tele. I lost the screws and tried to force in what I had on hand.

    should have waited for replacements. I now have the replacements.
    I was able to get one,of the screws out.

    the other one, not so much.

    I,tried one of those screw extractor thingies. Nope! Now I have a snapped screw head.

    further complicating things is the screw is on an angle and I,can’t really get a dremel in there to cut it out.

    ‘it’s a screw holding the input (output?) jack thingie into,the body.

    ‘it’s actually solid and holding. It’s just bugging me because if I ever have to remove it I’m screwed. LOL. See what I did there?


    I just want to take care of it now. If I can just get the jack out I can fill the holes with toothpicks and rede I’ll and instal the correct screws.

    any thoughts?
     
  2. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

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    Are you able to post photos?

    Far easier to diagnose from what we can see rather than a description.
     
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  4. Bean438

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    It’s basically like an electro socket. I can’t even get a dremel in there. (Was thinking of cutting a flat slot for,a,flat head screw driver.

    should have waited two weeks for replacement,screws, or not lost the,screws on the first place.
    I got side tracked because I had to rout out the control cavity because it was too shallow.
     
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    Can you just rotate the whole contraption 90 degrees? New screw holes. If the screw head snapped off you should be able to get the plate off.
     
  6. LutherBurger

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    The screw is stuck in the plate, right?

    Can you push the whole plate out from the inside of the cavity? You might be able to strip out the screw hole in the wood by brute force, and then fill it and start over.
     
  7. Bean438

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    I,can rotate no problem. Also plugging holes and re drilling is no problem.

    the plate doesn’t come out. The,screws I used are larger than the originals (thus why they stripped). So the threads are still engaged on the left side. Right side screw is out
     
  8. Bean438

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    I never thought about pushing out from the inside. I’ll give that a try and see.....
     
  9. Peegoo

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    The best way to cleanly remove that is with a drill press.

    Rotate the drill press table 90 degrees to the floor and securely clamp the guitar body to it, lining up the center of the stripped screw head/broken screw with the point of a very small drill. When you have everything lined up and clamped securely, put a 3/16" drill into the chuck and give 'er the beans!

    Use high speed and very slow feed.
     
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  10. Bean438

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    I don’t have a drill press. If I can “push” it out from the inside any other ideas?

    ‘if not I’ll have to leave it, or pay someone to do it. I’m guessing labor would be cheaper than a drill press
     
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    I'm going to incorporate that into my everyday tasks.

    A good luthier will get that out. Take it to a pro.
     
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    Or do I just leave it? It works, and is,stuck in there. It just bugs me, that’s all.
     
  13. LutherBurger

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    Screw it, then. ;)

    Rock on, and deal with it later.
     
  14. Bean438

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    It’s,in there good, even with only,one (stripped) screw!

    just one of those things that bug me. Especially since I’m fairly handy. The stripped screw removers usually work. This,was,the first time it didn’t. Cheap,screws.
     
  15. Bean438

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    I can’t push the thing out from the the cavity. It’s a “special” input jack. It’s got a circuit board and lots of wires (active pickups with internal battery)

    I’ll phone tomorrow for a quote and depending on price, I’ll just live with it or fix it
     
  16. Peegoo

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    Ouch. You go poking around in there, you will break something and when it no worky, you will be hating life and paying someone to remove it. And you'll have to buy another jack module.

    If it's working as is, put the other screw in and play the guitar.

    Take away the knowledge that patience and proper hardware is a lot cheaper than getting in a hurry and using the wrong hardware.
     
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