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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

I have an old '92 EX-350 w/ the lo-trs1 and the crappy laminate 'particle board' basswood body. I recently tried to swap out the lo-trs1 with a floyd rose special since the lo-trs1 was damaged. Upon trying to install the floyd, i found out that one of the tremolo stud holes was damaged. The stud was leaning forward and the wood on the underside (in the trem cavity) was starting to crack in the same spot as where the stud hole was located.

I took everything apart, and when I did, the 'bad' trem stud fell right out, and the cracked section of wood on the underside basically broke off as well. so now there's a tunnel from the trem cavity through to the damaged stud hole.

pics of the damage can be seen here:
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[i tried to post a link to the image but the forum didnt let me]

I read elsewhere on the forum that normally you'd just drill out the hole, install a piece of 'hardwood dowel', and re-drill the stud holes. However, in this case, Im not sure what to do, since Im worried that the thin section of wood between the trem cavity and where the dowel will go is going to be too weak to hold the dowel in place (i.e., the forward-pull on the dowel from the string tension & trem dives might also cause it to 'break through' the backside into the trem cavity, since the section of wood that should hold it back is weak,thin, & crappy).

So, basically, my question is: what would be the best way to go about trying to repair that stud hole? use the dowel method, or try something else? any advice would be appreciated...also, please keep in mind that im a 'noob' at this type of 'woodworking' guitar repairs, so please keep it simple & easy to follow.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

bump, never got any kind of response.
can someone please help me out?
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Re: need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

Your link doesn't work . You need to higher your post count before you can post pics .
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Re: need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

the link will work if u copy & paste it into the address bar and then remove the spaces toward the beginning of the url.

i understand about the post count issue, but i basically found&joined this forum only because I was looking for info on this specific electric guitar model, and I need the help&info now, so I cant really wait around trying to build cred on the forum simply to get some help. hope this makes sense.

please help, thanx
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Re: need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

Relax. Wood glued together is stronger then the original wood. Dowel away my friend.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2013, 10:16 AM
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Re: need advice on lo-trs 1 stud repair

how much experience do you have with woodworking tools?

The reason I ask is that there are two approaches to fixing this. The first is to route the entire area out and replace with a new basswood block, then drill a new bore for the stud anchor.

The second method is easier, but will be more prone to breaking again. Drill the anchor bore wider and fill with a dowel, then re-drill the dowel for the anchor, afterward you can fill the "tunnel" with wood filler. The filler will add NO structural integrity. This is why the whole section could break out again.
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