I expect speciality tools to be expensive after all Joe Bloggs is not likely to require one of these! Its a top quality tool designed to do one specific task which it does very well indeed
Simple but quality tool. I have searched for a tapered reamer for a while and found the taper was loose. This reamer is a tight 5 degrees but you have to practice a bit to get the feel of this sharp tool.
I have the 5 degree reamer, works great for my guitars, a nice tight fit.
just about to purchase these but a tip for users. put some masking tape around the reamer to act as a measuring marker. this will enable you to control how far down the reamer goes into the hole and definitely stops you going too far. just move the tape in very small increments till you get to the correct depth. once you have done this for one pin then you can use that position of the tape for all the others knowing they will be the same. to be even safer do this on a separate piece of wood then you will be set and accurate.
I tried a hardware store reamer which made octagonal holes. So I purchased the 3 and 5 degree reamers which produce round holes with the correct taper. My bridge pins fit perfectly. No danger of buzzes or rattles now. I also checked my references and discovered that they all used these reamers.
Like other reviews. This is over-priced, but as for function: This performs great!
I don't write a lot of reviews, but I discovered a couple of techniques which may be of some value to others, so here goes... first, this reamer was a little pricey. The five stars are for how well it works, not the price. That said... I read others' warnings about going too fast and finding out the hole is now oversized. I can't emphasize the importance of this enough. So try this - loosely place the reamer in the hole and start turning it, letting the presence and weight of the tool do the work. You may find you have to add a little force to it, but try this first and see if it works. I did this on a bridge re-glue and it worked well, without using any force at all. Second, if you find out that you've gone a little too far, and you should be checking the fit OFTEN, wet a Q-tip and run it into the hole a couple of times. The wood will absorb a little moisture and swell - when it dries, you might have regained a snug fit. I did. Pretty lengthy review for the first time!
They're just like a woman. Expensive
but you need them.....However you don't have to take a bridge pin reamer out for an expensive dinner on Valentine's Day....JCM
I needed this to get my bridgepins to fit perfectly on a replacement bridge. It seems there was some small variance in the diameter of the bridge holes which left some of the pins higher than others. Couldn't do the job right without this tool. Be careful though, the reamer is very, very sharp and you can easily ream out too much wood or cut yourself.
Bought this tool so that I could use the 5 degree bone pins on my '78 12 string that had seen too many string changes. I can't really add much new to the other reviews - they are all telling the truth - except one caution: a little reaming goes a long way. No more than a quarter turn at a time. I almost blew it on the first pin hole!
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