Lower a mirror into a flattop guitar... You may notice that the bridge pin holes are chipped out, especially if the guitar has been restrung many times or if the holes were drilled carelessly. The ball ends of the strings can't seat as they should, and that means the guitar may not sound as good as it could. If ignored, this can also split the bridge plate and weaken the soundboard.
The usual remedy is a difficult and potentially damaging bridge plate replacement job. And that's no fun! Ask anyone who's done it.
"This one is a real 'must have' for me... it's the only method I've seen that really works to correct damaged bridge plate holes without compromising the originality or integrity of the guitar."
—Frank Ford, Gryphon Guitars
"It gives repair shops the ability to perform a frequently needed repair with a minimum of effort and with no negative impact on the sound or originality of the instrument. An elegant solution." —Charles Hoffman, Hoffman Guitars
The BridgeSaver consists of a durable hand-operated steel cutter that creates a precisely dished cavity at the bottom of the bridge pin hole, and a steel cutter bit for making a matching wooden plug. Glue the plugs flush and redrill, and you'll have clean new anchoring surfaces for the strings and bridge pins.
Designed by repair expert Dan Erlewine, this tool is easy to use, preserves the original bridge plate, and avoids a lot of difficult work. In the shop, it's a money-making tool that can pay for itself with the first job.
Included with the tool are a special 6" steel drill bit for new bridge pin holes, and complete illustrated instructions.
Patch a hole in a guitar: the BridgeSaver is also a HolePlugger
In this issue:
Erick Coleman finds a new use for StewMac's BridgeSaver: quickly repairing a hole in the side of a guitar. Read more...