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Notching a bridge plate

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by heffus, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. heffus

    heffus Tele-Holic

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    Sometimes the lip on the tele bridge interferes with my picking on the 1st string. Price for notched out plates are pretty high in my opinion. I have tools to cut the metal and do my own, but what would I need to put a nice smooth finish on the cut metal?
     
  2. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Files, sandpaper, and maybe metal polish.
     
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    Tuxedo Poly Friend of Leo's

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    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I would use a sanding disk on an angle grinder.
     
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    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    I have done a few with a cut off wheel on a Dremel and have been surprised how little "finishing" these needed.

    The metal is soft - the Dremel goes through it very easily - and then just hitting it with some very fine grit paper does the job.
     
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    Same here - the Dremel with a cutoff wheel does a good job.
     
  7. heffus

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    That Gotoh is still a little rich for my blood considering I don't need the saddles. Gonna try the cutoff wheel and sandpaper. Thanks.
     
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    I cut both sides of the bridge plate off even with the saddles.
     
  9. philosofriend

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    It depends on the metal. Sand it with finer and finer grades of sandpaper up to about 400 grit. Auto parts stores have the sandpaper you need. If the metal is brass you might like the way it looks and the way it ages. If it is steel you will want to put a bit of lacquer (nail polish) on the raw edge to keep rust from forming. To get a mirror finish on brass take it to 1000 or 2000 with sandpaper before you lacquer it. If you lacquer it, it must have no oil on it. Just the natural oil on your fingers will make an ugly area where the lacquer will flake off first.
    Scrub it with mineral spirits and dish detergent, rinse in hot water. Then handle it only with clean old rags until you lacquer it.
     
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