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Right tool for lengthening string-through holes in Gotoh bridge?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by pilotfish, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. pilotfish

    pilotfish Tele-Meister

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    I have a Gotoh bridge that has the odd, mis-aligned string-through holes like on some hardtail strats. But I'm trying to use it on a Tele-ish body with the holes lined up. What bit or other tool can I put in a drill to lengthen the string-through holes into slots that will line up with the holes in the body? Or is there some other tool (a file?) that would be better?

    Thanks....
     
  2. pmjennin

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    Off the top of my head, you could mount the bridge and then flip the body over. Then drill - using a nice, sharp bit - through the string holes in the back of body. This should keep the bit tip from wandering. If this doesn't work - and if the holes are not that far off of alignment - a good needle file may do the trick.

    Hope it helps!
     
  3. pilotfish

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    Thanks! I'll try to find a bit that will do that; something that's designed for drilling metal, I guess.
     
  4. fishtownmike

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    A endmill thats used in a metal working mill would work in a drill press but they are expensive and not readily available at the typical hardware/home center. You would also benifit by having a cross vise. Expensive again.
     
  5. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Just how far off are the mis-matched holes in the body and bridge? If it's not much, you might ...........

    1. Mount the bridge.
    2. Drill through each string hole ........ about 1/8 in. deep.
    3. Remove the bridge and angle drill from these new holes to the original holes.
    4 Remove any wood left between the holes.

    This might require you to put a curve in the end of the strings when re-stringing so the string doesn't hit the backside of the bridge plate. Another option is to glue short 1/8 in. dowel pieces with slanted ends into the original holes to guide the strings into the new holes.

    ......[​IMG]

    If the mis-matched holes in body and bridge plate are off by a lot, just drill new holes in the bridge plate
     
  6. pilotfish

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    Thanks, Jack--that's really helpful. I'll measure the difference tonight and see what works.
     
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