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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit, Complete kit

Complete kit

Item # 1709
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$64.27

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Screw extractor only

Screw extractor only

Item # 1707
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$25.50

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Plug cutter only

Plug cutter only

Item # 1708
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$32.95

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit 3/16" drill bit  only

3/16" drill bit only

Item # 4845
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$2.90

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Alignment guide only

Alignment guide only

Item # 1718
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$2.92

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Guitar Screw Rescue Kit

About This Item

An extractor and plug cutter that's small enough for guitar screws! A StewMac exclusive: you won't find a similar set in this small size anywhere else.

  • Extract damaged or broken tuner screws
  • Make uniformly-sized wooden plugs for plugging and redrilling
The complete kit includes:

Screw extractor
Our tubular steel screw extractor works with your drill. Hardened teeth bore around a broken tuner-mounting screw (3/32" maximum diameter) to capture and remove it.

Plug cutter
Use this custom tool in your drill press to make a 3/16"-diameter wooden plug, a perfect match to fill the hole made by the extractor or the drill bit.

3/16" drill bit
To repair stripped screw holes, use this steel twist bit to match your plugs.

Alignment guide
Clamp this clear acrylic guide in place to help keep your tools right on center, and protect the instrument.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

Guitar Screw Rescue Kit Instructions

How to use the Guitar Screw Rescue Kit to remove small damaged screws.

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5.0

It works as advertised. 

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I bought only the cutting tube. It was sufficient. It isn't inexpensive and I could have made it myself, but it sure is convenient to have it arrive in two days ready to use. I made a guide from a piece of Lexan and went right to work. It removed the broken screws rapidly and neatly. Fortunately for me, the tuners completely covered the plug, so no finish matching was required. I really like the feature of having cutters formed on both ends of the tube so the tool will last twice as long (and, when you wear both ends out, you can file it flat and then file in a new cutting edge. Good tool!

5.0

Plug Cutter Only

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A hard to find tool at 3/16". Was glad to find it and at a reasonable price.

5.0

Excellent job StewMac

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I'll start be saying this kit is of an excellent design, and well made. It turns the unwelcome and testy job of screw extraction and repair -- normally a minor curse for any woodworking application -- into a much more smoothly executed process, with better results and in much less time than when using generic hardware store kits. I have in the past made my own extractors. Most of you know the trick using copper tubing, filing one end into an auger bit, and chucking it into a hand drill. The GSRK takes that same idea and refines it about 10 fold! The plexi guide jig holds the key to precise location of the extractor bit. The system works well with a press or hand drill. Beware of using the extractor with broken screws of larger diameter, such as some bridge plate screws. There is a method for servicing this condition with the kit. Read the instructions thoroughly and pay attention to thickness specs of the screws you need to extract. I was trying to remove all three bridge plate screws that broke off in the body of a customer's T-style parts guitar. The instrument came to the shop with several issues. One of them was the bridge pup, a Duncan 59, was loaded into the bridge plate backwards and needed to be rehung correctly. This required removing the bridge plate to reverse the pickup orientation. When I attempted to remove the three screws to dismount the bridge, the heads of all three snapped clean off. The screws had apparently been glued in with epoxie or CA by whoever assembled the instrument. My extractor bit took a dive on first use. I did manage to get the broken screws out, but not without damaging the extractor bit badly enough to preclude and further use of it. I contacted SM support about the problem. Matt in support worked with me through the entire ordeal. He confirmed that the screws being extracted were of a larger diameter than the bore of the bit, accounting for the bit failure. He then supplied me with info to work around the issue using the plug cutter for larger screw shanks. Finally, he had a replacement extractor bit sent out to allow me to continue using the kit. Which I intend to do! Thanks to Matt, the entire ordeal was turned around. I got the job done and the instrument is in great shape now.

2.0

Half good!

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The screw extractor was just what the doctor order. The guide was great was well. The plug-cutter only succeeded in make saw-dust. I tried it with both a piece of maple and a piece of cherry and both just crumbled in the bit. Thankfully, the plug that needed fixed was of a standard size, so a maple dowel rod did the trick.

5.0

Great for the Shop

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Our tech is extremely pleased.

5.0

Exceptional tool, great video

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This worked well on a guitar bridge screw that snapped off a mid 80's strat style that had never seen a wipe down. I now will use Dan's tips from the vid to seat a couple necks properly. Exceptional kit, must have for this work.

5.0

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

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This is an excellent piece of kit. Quality steel used and comes the go to tool for extracting machine head screws but is great for plugging also. A must for any professional guitar tech/luthier.

5.0

Works like a champ, even for the inexperienced.

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I have to admit I approached drilling holes in my Heritage Les Paul ($$$$$) with a good deal of anxiety. I've built pinewood derby cars before, so I'm not a complete rookie, but such detailed work on something so expensive? Well, taking my time, it went extremely well. Mahogany doesn't drill as quickly as pine, so you need to be patient, but everything came out nice and straight, fitting well, thanks to the kit. One tip I might add -- don't assume that you need to drill as deep as the tip of the broken screw for it to come out. Mine came out with much shallower drilling. Drilled my plug out of an inexpensive piece of mahogany I picked up and now I have a good, professional repair.

5.0

Great little tool

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Awesome tool. Saves a lot of stuffing about. Worth every cent. Please Stew Mac, make a bigger version for getting out broken strap button screws.

5.0

Need more sizes around!!!

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Really easy to use. Perfect results. I just wonder why nobody else thought about it! I'd love to have another one 6 millimeter diameter around.

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