Re: OMG a mounting stud on my UV is wiggling... Can this be fixed?
I'm new on this site and was browsing the section looking for some pickup and volume pot wiring info when I saw your post. I had the same exact thing happen with my 9 year old son's Squier Strat Deluxe that has a basswood body and was made in Indonesia.
I'm certainly not a guitar repair expert, but Rich is right: it needs to be fixed.
I've never had anything against basswood when it comes to tone and my son's guitar is certainly nice overall considering it was only $229 new. However, I had seen people comment about basswood being a relatively "soft" wood. Maybe there is a lot of variability with the basswood being used for guitar bodies, but I can tell you that his Squier has a very soft basswood body. I noticed that the paint was cracked just slightly around one of the mounting studs, so I took off the strings because they needed changing anyway and proceeded to inspect what was going on. I removed the backplate, released the tremolo springs, and took it apart to concentrate just on the mounting stud. I loosened it, tightened it, and the stud started spinning in the wood. I pulled up slightly on the stud, and the whole thing started coming out of the body.
Since it was only a $229 guitar, I didn't think that taking it to a repair shop necessarily was the best course of action. I then looked at the other stud that did not have any cracks around it and did a minor "stress test" by wiggling it a bit, loosening and tightening, and it spun also. I now realized that his strat body was made out of some really soft wood: it even felt soft when touching the unpainted wood.
My solution? I pulled both studs out completely, put a light coat of oil on the threads and screwed them back together and tightened all the way down, used a Q-tip to put a small amount of white gorilla glue on the walls of the wood holes, and inserted the studs back into the guitar. I was careful to not use too much gorilla glue, because it expands a lot.
I then examined the studs that were back in the guitar to make sure no glue had come out onto the paint, and wiped everything off. For the next two hours, I kept checking back every 10 to 15 minutes to wipe away any excess gorilla glue that was expanding and coming out a little bit. I then waited a full 24 hours to reassemble the guitar. When putting the tremolo back together, I could tell that the mounting studs were now rock solid.
That was 3 months ago and the mounting studs are still solid as a rock and the tremolo has no problem withstanding my 9 year old son hammering on the trem bar as much as he wants. The problem with the loose mounting stud might have been mostly caused by him slamming the trem bar so hard, but now it's fine and I don't have to worry about it.
I'm sure there are better ways to go about fixing a mounting stud problem, but I took the "path of least resistance" given the fact that it was a $229 guitar being played by an aggressive 9 year old boy. There must be a lot of posts about basswood, but I just wanted to respond and let you know that we had a similar situation was a Squier basswood guitar.
Last edited by GuitaristDad; 05-03-2013 at 02:21 PM.