Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

About This Item

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!

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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5.0

Fingerboard removed in 15 minutes!

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This was my first time removing a fretboard so I figured I'd get the right tool and it worked like a charm! I laid an old mouse pad over the top of the guitar with a cut out for the maple fingerboard. Then I set an old iron right on the frets (medium setting) 5-8 minutes of heating was all it took. It is a 1968 Harmony Stella. Parts of it were coming unglued (I think that made it easier) I wish I would have bought one of these years ago before I removed a bridge with a sharpened putty knife (ouch). Thanks StewMac!

5.0

Bridge/Fingerboard Removal Knife

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Fine product

5.0

great tool

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I bought this to remove bridge should work great.

5.0

Neck removal

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Worked great

5.0

A must in my shop!!!!!!!

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This instrument is by far THE BEST OF ITS KIND in the market.

3.0

Not for heavy work

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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.

5.0

Good Tool

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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.

5.0

Cleanest bridge removal ever

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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.

5.0

Great all-around knife

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

4.0

Just go easy

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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.

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