Vintage Trem Blocks Need Repair

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by zombiwoof, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Supporting Member

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    I recently found two of my old Strat trem blocks that I used on my now-gone '63 Strat. Both have the broken-off trem pieces stuck in them. Since these are both worth some money now, I'd like to have someone who knows what they're doing remove the broken bits, so I can sell them. One I'm almost positive is the original from my '63, with the plate, the other is a 70's one-piece zinc block assembly that I'd replaced it with. I replaced that assembly two or three times in the late 70's when I was on the road, and had to use what was available at the time, the zinc one piece type.

    I want to find someone who has done this before and can assure me they won't damage the blocks or the threads. I prefer someone in Southern California, so I can talk to them directly and take it there, but if I have to send it to someone that can be trusted I will. A little nervous about that, though, considering what these are worth now.

    If anyone here knows where I can get this done please let me know.

    P.S. Notice that the older block has faceted edges, not rounded? Is this typical for a '63? It's been so long that I don't remember what the story is on that one, although I think it might be my original.

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    Thanks for any info,
    Al
     
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  2. Eagle1

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    You need to find a small engineering shop.
    There is a tool a bit like a left handed thread tap called an easy out that requires a hole to be drilled in the broken bar. Should not be to much of a problem.
    I find the zinc ones worse to get out because it seams to get jammed harder in before it snaps off.
    Good Luck.
     
  3. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Supporting Member

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    Just a bump in case someone may have had this done, I'd like to find a shop that has already successfully done this. A friend of mine took one to a machine shop and they were unsuccessful in removing the piece of the bar from the block, so I don't just want to randomly try a shop in hopes they can do it.

    Thanks for any responses,
    al
     
  4. Mike9

    Mike9 Supporting Member

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    If you want to mail them to me I'll get try to get them out in one piece and clean up the threads. I can't guarantee the stub will come out perfect - if it doesn't I'll retap the holes. What makes it hard is they are at an angle deep in a hole, but I've done a dozen, or so all with great success.
     
  5. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the offer, I just got a PM from a guy near me who says he can do it, so I'll see how that goes.

    Al
     
  6. Eagle1

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    Do you use the easy out method?
     

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