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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.

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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
Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife
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5 11-08-2013
Cleanest bridge removal ever

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.

SRW  Burleson, TX Read my reviews (8)
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5 10-26-2013
Great all-around knife

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

unluthier  NC Read my reviews (9)
4 5-31-2013
Just go easy

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.

PNC Guitars  Washinton USA Read my reviews (26)
4 3-25-2013
Bridge Remover

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

fullwedge  Cornwall on Hudson, NY Read my reviews (21)
1 1-05-2013
Not your Mothers Olds

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.

mark dearborn  mirror lake nh Read my reviews (6)
4 9-24-2012
bonne spatule

j`ai décoller une touche sur un manche de violon cela a trés bien fonctionner mais une spatule taillée fait aussi l`affaire

r.r.guitarz  quebec canada Read my reviews (6)
5 8-06-2012
Useful knife for bridge removal

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).

Crawfish  Maryland, USA Read my reviews (6)
5 7-06-2012
Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

A very useful tool.

Gusty  Ro Read my reviews (91)
4 6-21-2012
Use carefully!

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.

Doctor Rokker  USA Read my reviews (6)
4 8-21-2011
"Removing" Tool

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.

Herb Pedersen  Sherman Oaks, CA Read my reviews (4)
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