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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2021, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

I have a 1989 540R in Jewel Blue. At some point the black padded material that's in the tremolo route cavity on the front of the body was removed. I'm guessing it probably started to disintegrate and was removed. I'd like to restore it to how it would have looked when new. Does anyone have suggestions on what I could stick in there or if there is an exact replacement available.

In case it's not clear what I'm talking about I've attached a picture.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2021, 07:12 AM
 
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

All that it is, is a type of craft foam aka EVA foam. You can find it in any local Joann Fabrics, Michaels or AC more if you're in the states. Or you can buy it online. It's essentially this stuff

https://www.amazon.com/Creativity-St...078516&sr=8-14

That is quite a lot of it haha. But you can use that as a starting point to search for something that will suit your situation.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2021, 09:26 AM
 
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

Isn't the foam padding that's used for tool drawer liners the same type of foam? You can check the local hardware store.
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It is the same as that, but there is no adhesive on one side for a tool drawer foam. Not in my experience anyways.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2021, 11:36 AM
 
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

https://www.amazon.com/FLOAT-ISLAND-...094445&sr=8-84


https://www.amazon.com/Loctite-Spray...4094527&sr=8-3


lifetime supply.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-23-2021, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

Thanks everyone for the links. Looking at pictures of various 540Rs of similar vintage on the web, it looks like most are missing the foam. I'm guessing over time the adhesive deteriorated and the foam fell out. Or perhaps some left the factory without the foam (doubtful). But it's definitely supposed to be there as can be seen in the catalog pictures from '87-'90. Seems easy enough to fix.
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

UPDATE! I went to Michael's and found this thin sheet of black foam with adhesive backing for 0.99 cents. I cut out a piece approx. 2.75" x 1.5" and it fit right into the space. Looks just like new and I didn't even have to mess with a spray adhesive. Plus I have enough left over for, like, 10 more guitars.

Thank you everyone for your help and for steering me in the right direction. This was a much easier project than I anticipated.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 11:26 PM
 
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

Perfect, good work

That said, I cant help but notice you have an F1 in your bridge position. Whats up with that? Im sure its fine, Im just used to seeing F2's in the bridge
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

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Perfect, good work

That said, I cant help but notice you have an F1 in your bridge position. Whats up with that? Im sure its fine, Im just used to seeing F2's in the bridge
F1 was the stock bridge pickup for the 540R (both HSS and HH). See the '88 and '89 catalog excerpts, attached.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Today, 12:55 AM
 
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Re: Need replacement for black foam material inside Edge Tremolo front route

I've probably seen that a million times, but never had it "click" I guess. I wonder why the disparity lol. Gotta say the gray on the blue looks really nice
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