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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb question, pulling the trem inserts.

Just back the studs off and then go for it??
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 05:31 PM
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Re: Dumb question, pulling the trem inserts.

cover the stud with cloth or whatever and pull it out with appropriate device
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 09:09 AM
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Re: Dumb question, pulling the trem inserts.

This is what I did:

1. Take the tip of a heavy duty soldering iron (I have a 100-watt one) and stick it in the insert and get it nice and hot.

2. Screw in a stud and grab it with vice grips.

3. Stand on top of the body and pull like hell.

I assume you're refinishing the body, but you could protect it from scratches by wearing socks and placing the body on a towel. I tried this with and without heating the insert and the heat made a huge difference. I've seen other methods that used things like claw hammers but I like my way because I was pulling straight up on the insert. Standing on the body also distributes the load much more. Using the hammer seems like you'd run a much higher risk of denting the wood.
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