Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

This wooden-handled steel spatula has a versatile shape for removing a bridge, pickguard, or fingerboard extension from a flattop guitar.

The tapered blade helps separate the glue seam. It's flexible, so it stays down while you hold the handle safely off the guitar top.

The 3-7/8" (98.43mm) blade tapers .045" to .010" from handle to tip (1.14mm to 0.25mm).

Warm the glued area first, to help break the bond and protect the wood while using the tool. For repair situations when a hot knife is needed, use a hot plate to heat the blade.

Trade Secrets!

Using a "swiss cheese knife" to fix the back on a 1923 Gibson

Dan Erlewine's working on great old Gibson L-1 with back problems. The challenge: how to fix this on a budget today, in a way that won't interfere with more thorough repair work in the future.

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Use carefully!

(Customer's Reviews)

This is a very useable bridge knife, but it is very thin; which is why it works so well! If you try to push it through too fast you'll bend it up and possibly damage the top.


"Removing" Tool

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Not being a luthier, but being around acoustic instruments all my life, I find the "Bridge / Fingerboard Removal Knife" a VERY handy tool to have in your kit. I have a Martin D-28-12 from the late 60's that needs a new pickguard. This tool is perfect for gently lifting off the old pickguard after carefully heating the area with an 80w bulb for about 20 minutes or so. Removing a fingerboard? That's for the big dogs to attempt.


Good Second Removal Knife

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In reading the other review I never thought of sharpening and or heating it. That may have helped. I do quite a bit of fingerboard replacements and my first choice is actually a Behr Spatula. It is thick enough so you can provide some power behind it. This one seems a little thin for that but is good for getting the separation started and edges. Have not had an opportunity to try it on an acoustic bridge.


Good Tool, But Sharpen First!

(Customer's Reviews)

Worked very well after sharpening it on a whetstone. Prior to sharpening, it was like using a putty knife. Great flexibility. Sharpen and heat with a hairdryer and your bridge will be on your workbench in short order.

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