Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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

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Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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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.

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Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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Not for heavy work

By Jonathan Ward from North Carolina
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I agree with other reviewers who had their spatulas fold in use. Light, careful use in removing a fingerboard under heat bent mine pretty seriously. It is thin, however, and will slip into some tight spaces.

Good Tool

By redir from Blacksburg, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 08, 2014

Works very well. For those of you having issues with it being to flimsy well that's kind of the point. It is very thin but that's what you need. Get the glue hot enough and it slips right under.

Cleanest bridge removal ever

By SRW from Burleson, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 08, 2013

The shape, size, and flexibility of this knife did a perfect job in removing the bridge from a 41 year old acoustic guitar without a single splinter.

Great all-around knife

By unluthier from NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 26, 2013

Handy size, shape, and flexible enough to protect surrounding surfaces.

Just go easy

Friday, May 31, 2013

This is not a "heavy duty" tool and should only be used for gentle work. Use the seam separator or other knife for tougher joints. The first one I got, I used a bit aggressively and kinked the end. I was able to hammer it mostly flat again so it still works. Its nice to use once you get a fingerboard free at one end and start working it off. Less likely to cut into the wood than an actual sharpened knife.

Bridge Remover

By fullwedge from Cornwall on Hudson, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 25, 2013

Not the best tool for this. The spatula is a better choice.

Not your Mothers Olds

By mark dearborn from mirror lake nh
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 05, 2013

I have loved these knives for years, but this one is too flimsy for the task. The metal collapsed like an accordion with light pressure. It can be used for a nice flexible putty knife though.

bonne spatule

By r.r.guitarz from quebec canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 24, 2012

j`ai dTcoller une touche sur un manche de violon cela a trTs bien fonctionner mais une spatule taillTe fait aussi l`affaire

Useful knife for bridge removal

By Crawfish from Maryland, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 06, 2012

Good knife for acoustic guitar (and ukulele!) bridge removal. Yes, it's thin - that's the idea. You can slip it into tight joints easily. I don't think I'd use it for fingerboard removal - it's a bit too fragile for that. (See the Stew Mac razor knife for that).

Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

By Gusty from Ro
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 06, 2012

A very useful tool.

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