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Broken Strat whammy bar


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6/15/1997 8:28 AM
Sami Saarinen
Broken Strat whammy bar
Ive got a `62 vintage reissue Strat (a Mary Kaye-model with golden hardware), which I like very much. Couple of nights ago I broke the whammy bar at a jam (OK, it was a SRV-jam).  
 
The problem is: how can I get the remaining (screwed) part of the whammy from the hole in the bridge? Id like to learn to do it myself in order to repair someone elses similar problems. Any comments?
 
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7/21/1997 3:43 PM
CHRISTIAN SVERCHEK

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET A DRILL A LITTLE SMALLER  
THAN THE THICKNESS OF THE BAR IT SELF.  
2. DRILL A HOLE INTO THE BROKEN PIECE.  
3.INSERT A EASYOUT BIT, REMOVE BROKEN PIECE.  
 
IF YOU WANTED TO ,YOU COULD ALSO RETAP THE WHOLE VIBRATO BLOCK TO 5/8THS AND PURCHASE A NEW TREMOLO ARM. IN WHICH IS STRONGER.  
 
I MUST HAVE BROKEN ABOUT OF A DOZEN OF THESE ARMS.  
ALA:HENDRIX
 
11/11/1997 3:40 PM
Austin C

I too have broken a few Strat bars and I removed the remaining pieces as Christian did ie drilling an appropriate size hole and using an ezy-out bit to remove it.  
 
I had an oversize stainless steel bar made the last time this happened and I haven't broken it yet.  
 
I also have a late model Strat with a Floyd Rose floating brige and it takes all the punishment I throw at it - and then says "thankyou".  
 
Richie Blackmore is a famous 'Bar Breaker'.  
 
See Ya  
 
Ozzie
 

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