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Lp pickup ring screw broke, now what?

Marshall Man

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Like an idiot I broke off two screws on my 89 LP STD when changing out the pup rings, how do I get the broken screws out of the wood? :bonk There is nothing sticking out to get pliers on. Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks for the help.
 

tabdog

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I would drive them down with a punch
that is small enough to not woller out
the hole. Then plug it with wood.

Tabdog
 

sunburst79

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I'd find some that had very, very good drill press skills and very slowly and carefully drill it out. Some times you end up plugging and doweling despite your best efforts. Good luck.
 

Butterscotch

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Hey, Marshall Man, this is how I handle screw removal. First I go to a hardware or craft/woodworking store that sells small diameter brass tubing. Then follow these steps that I outlined in a thread over at the LPF: http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2348780&postcount=61

Best of luck!


Frank
This is the way that a professional would tackle it, and then the hole would be plugged with a suitable piece of wood, and then re-drilled for a new screw.
It will depend on how comfortable, or competent, you are with tools and drilling holes in a LP top. If you have doubts, then maybe the best bet is to take it to a competent repair person!
 

DualRectifier

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I would go the cheap and easy way out, without doing any modifications to the guitar. I would cut the heads off a couple of screws and glue them to the pickup ring. Since it's only 2 screws the ring should stay mounted solidly.
 

scottlr

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I would go the cheap and easy way out, without doing any modifications to the guitar. I would cut the heads off a couple of screws and glue them to the pickup ring. Since it's only 2 screws the ring should stay mounted solidly.
Not bad!

I'd probably take the ring off if possible, then try to cut a notch in the screw so it could possibly be backed out with a slot head screwdriver.

But gluing a cut off head would look OK. If you ever sold it, you'd have to disclose that, though.
 

Lotis

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I recently removed the pup screws on an old ES 345 with a good old easy out. Just very carefully drill into the screw with a very small bit the use the easy out.
 

pinefd

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I recently removed the pup screws on an old ES 345 with a good old easy out. Just very carefully drill into the screw with a very small bit the use the easy out.
The easy outs are indeed probably the best route, but it's often hard to find one small enough for these screws.
 






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