Double sided adhesive tape glued my bridge

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Yann G, May 15, 2019.

  1. Yann G

    Yann G Electromatic

    May 12, 2019

    A luthier added double-sided adhesive tape to the bridge so that it wouldn't slip, the problem being he wasn't precise enough and set it about a millimetre too far to the right. It hasn't bothered me for years but I guess my playing style has changed, maybe the bridge has slowly slipped over the years too, anyway, I wanted to correct this as it affects the playability of my beloved instrument but I can't seem to remove the bridge and I'm scared of causing damage, what would the savvy & friendly bunch recommend? hot water? Pulling really hard? I'm afraid the finish would come with the base :eek:



    Has anyone had a similar problem? I couldn't find a similar post in the forums, thanks in advance for any help!
  2. Yann G

    Yann G Electromatic

    May 12, 2019
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  3. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

    Nov 16, 2013
    I was just about to answer, but it's good you worked it out already :). In the future you'd better use cello rosin, not tape. Double sided tape kills (dampens) sound, rosin does not.

    I would try to to bend the base downwards (towards the bigsby) and at the same time try to cut the tape with a sharp knife or razor blade, very carefully.
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Glad to see no damage
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  5. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Glad it worked out ok Yann. I was surprised that a luthier would have used a double sided tape, since there are better alternatives.
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  6. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    Is it too much work or the damaging of the face of the guitar to actually pin the bridge? To me anyone that palm mutes should have this as a standard?
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  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Well, if it was me, I wouldn't rely on the services of this "luthier" anymore :eek:... But it's me, OK ? :D

    Yes. It's what I did on all my floating bridge guitars once the correct setup found :

    On my G6119LH :

    On my Orange Blossom Special :

    On my G400 :

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  8. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    1. Clean the mess with Naphta.
    2. Next time carefully use a hairdryer to warm up the glue from the double sided tape.
    3. Look for a professional luthier.
    As said above, there are much better professional ways to solve the „problem“.
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  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I would not use it myself, but there is double sided tape, and there is double sided tape...
    One is foamy and the glue gets goo-y after a period of time, and there’s the stuff that is thin as rolling paper.

    Besides that, it’s good enough for Brian Setzer.
    Last edited: May 15, 2019
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  10. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Not all luthiers are created equal.
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  12. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I've used tape and rosin and I dont think it makes a material tonal difference. It is incredibly thin and dense and strong. I

    One thing I did is attach the tape to the bridge then before putting it on the guitar, I out the tape on my skin several times to reduce the stickiness, then put it on. Tape residue should come off poly without damage.
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  13. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I use Cello rosin, never had a problem on more than 30 guitars.
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  14. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    +1 on the rosin, that's what I use and it works great.
    I was going to suggest a little heat to help remove the bridge but that might not have been a good idea... glad you managed to get it off ok
  15. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Yes. Stefan is right, a little heat would make that much easier.
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  16. reverb11

    reverb11 Gretschie

    Jun 11, 2008
    London, Ontario
    I have used double sided tape for literally decades (well, two of them, anyway). 3M makes a very fine tape and I use a very conservative bit on each side of the bridge base. I have never had a problem (on a poly-finished guitar--my SSLVO is "pinned").

    I don't use carpet tape, which is what the gummy mess in that picture looks like!

    However, I don't think it's necessary to grab the torches and pitchforks and start chasing the OP's guitar tech just yet. It's NOT a crazy fix, but a common solution to a common problem.
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  17. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    you would use wd40 and windex on a guitar?

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  18. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    I hope you’re kidding...Please don’t use WD40 on a guitar. Naptha, yes. WD40, no.
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  19. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    You could also dampen a cloth with white vinegar and lay it on top of the glue and let it soak up and dissolve. A bit of elbow grease and you should be good. I'm kind if a broken record here on avoiding chemicals you would not want on or in your body.
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