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StewMac Bridge Plate Chisel

StewMac Bridge Plate Chisel

StewMac Bridge Plate Chisel Chisel


Item # 1630
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StewMac Bridge Plate Chisel Top Support Dolly

Top Support Dolly

Item # 1632
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StewMac Bridge Plate Chisel

About This Item

Remove the bridge plate and protect the guitar top
Removing an acoustic guitar's bridge plate is tricky. After softening the glue with heat, it takes carefully controlled force to separate the plate from the delicate guitar top. At the same time, you must protect the top from cracking under pressure. Our Bridge Plate Chisel and Top Support Dolly work together to accomplish this.

It's a two-handed job: the reverse-bent chisel works under the back edge of the bridge plate to pry it free. The smooth polyethylene dolly in your other hand applies counter pressure from the outside, keeping the top wood from cracking.

  • 1" wide hardened steel chisel
  • 3" wide non-scratch polyethylene dolly
  • Comfortable grips on both tools

These tools are included in our Acoustic Bridge Tools Set, for removing and installing acoustic bridges and bridge plates (bridge pads).

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Product Instructions

StewMac Acoustic Bridge Tools Instructions

These tools make difficult bridge repairs easier and more profitable.

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Not so good for tight bracing patterns


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I was unable to use this because it is too big to get into almost any space I was working in except one corner of the bridge plate. From the bend to the working edge it will not fit between the first tone bar and the front edge of the bridge plate. It's about an inch too large for my project. I ended up making my own tool that is MUCH more compact. And then made one that bends the opposite direction, also very compact.

Response from StewMac

Hello Richard,
We're very sorry the Bridge Plate Chisel wasn't right for your project. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Please know that this will not work for all guitars especially if they are signifancly small and have a tight bracing pattern. It is common to use a smaller chisel tool for a job like this. I will pass your feedback to our technical department for further consideration. If you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.


Finally bought one, should not have waited!


Verified Buyer

As a bargain shopper, I made my own version of this chisel. The picture show the outcome but not my frustration! I finally ordered the StewMac bridge plate chisel, and the rest of the bridge plate came out in one nice easy piece. It is as you can see much easier to grip and use inside the sound hole. If you are going to attempt a bridge plate removal, buy this tool, follow the instructions, and the frustration will be minimal!




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About a year ago I did a bridge plate removal and replacement on a 12 string. This year I have another one in. I just searched "bridge plate removal tool" on Google hoping that something would come up, but expecting nothing....I was shocked to see that Stewmac finally has a tool for this. I bought it immediately.

I ground the flat side down on mine on a belt sander, and used a diamond sharpening stone to touch it up a little more. I didn't get it razor thin, but just took a little off. With cheap guitars especially, the bridge plate tends to come off in splinters, and without a slightly thinner blade, it's tough to get in there and pull those pieces out.

Fortunately, there is plenty of room for grinding. This tool is made out of nice thick steel. Of course, if it works on a job as-is, there's no need to modify it...but modification is readily available if you need to do it like I did.

The design is great. The angle is well thought out and makes gripping it very easy. I even use a "reverse grip" when needed, for example, pulling stubborn pieces of bridge plate out from right behind the X-Brace. You can grab the head of the chisel itself and zero-in on stubborn splinters of bridge plate that might be left behind.

Bridge plate work is blind work, so having a well-designed tool that allows you to feel what you're doing is very important.

Very happy with this tool. Soon enough the 12 string I'm working on will have a new hard maple bridge plate with the grain running parallel to the grain on the top for extra strength. Bridge plate replacement is hard enough without removing the bridge plate.

This tool turns what would otherwise be a nightmare job into something realistic and achievable.