Tele Bridgeplate Stuck

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  1. guitarist232345

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    I am trying to change the pUp on my Esquire to a hot rail and have encountered a small problem.

    When I attempt to unscrew the bridgeplate screws, they are completely jammed in there. I cannot get them free. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am getting to the point of stripping the screws and have used a variety of screwdrivers to no avail.
     
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    One thing it's obvious:the guitar doesn't like to go with humbucker .... Stay traditional
     
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    I love the tone of it right now but I'm just experimenting.
     
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    Sometimes a bit of heat can start them moving. Do you have a soldering iron? Put the hot tip on a screw head for a minute or two and then see if you can start to back it out.
     
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    I do have a soldering iron. I will give it a go soon thank you. But one thing worth mentioning is that I have experienced this with all screws on this guitar. The guitar is great, but the Indonesian screws are absolutely shocking and I don't think they lubed them up (so they bind with the wood easily).
     
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    Not patronizing but are you definitely using the correct screw driver. The damage you can do using a Pozidrive instead of a Philips for example can mean that even a moderately tight screw can become impossible to loosen after a couple of turns.
     
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    Yeah I have the right size screwdriver for this and checked before doing it.
     
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    Do the screws turn but don't rise?
     
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    Nope they just are extremely stiff. My screwdriver fits the screwhead perfectly but it's very difficult to get any kind of movement.

    I will try again in the morning, maybe I'm just being weak since it's been a long day.
     
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    I’ve encountered this a few times. Only once I damaged the screw to the point no driver would help. I was able to remove the screw with some small nose vise grips. Waxed the new screw and problem solved.
    Good luck man.
     
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    Tap the screwdriver with a hammer while trying to turn it. This may jar it loose. It also reduces the risk of the screwdriver slipping
     
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    The worst thing about the Indonesian screws is how soft the metal is. Once you get them out I'd replace them with quality hardware, just say'n

    Gary
     
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    what's a posidrive?
     
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