A late 70's Ibanez Artist on the bench for a setup. The output jack plate has a mounting screw that was broken flush with the wood that the customer wanted addressed. I used my shop made screw extractor to remove the screw and plug the hole. The hole is then drilled to accept a fresh screw. Click here for more details on another project involving broken screw removal.
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A noisy pickup that needs to be replaced. This pickguard assembly is super clean, but the pickup is epoxied and screwed to the ebony making it difficult to remove. The tiny screws stripped and/or broke on me so out comes the heat lamp to soften things up. Aluminum foil helps direct the heat to only the pickup mounting tab, though some heat does transfer via the metal tab to the pickup. Not a big deal since the pickup is bad.
A 20 year old Rick in with some bridge troubles. A previous shop somehow managed to strip and/or butcher the original bridge hardware. I recommended that we go with a Mastery Rickenbacker bridge replacement to really improve tone and sustain.
This pickup literally got knocked the fuck out! If you have been following me for a while you will recognize that this is the same blueish green metallic beat-to-hell-and-back SG back for more. It dropped in earlier this week for yet another fix for tonight's New Year's gig. This time the player punched in the bridge pickup at a show! He knocked it so hard that he broke 4 strings and bent the pickup's mounting tab and stripped out the screw. I've been trying to put together one big blog post with all of these repairs and every time I get ready to post it's back in the shop for something new. I've grown to love working on this beast!