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    Pulling Gibson-style bridge bushings.

    So...in doing my dry fit, I put in the bushings for a Gibson tune-o-matic bridge. I put a bit of soap and some graphite on them to make them easier to pull back our when it was time to finish the top. The day to pull them out is today, and, of course, they would not budge.

    I did not want to screw in the stud, and pull on it to get the bushings out. These things are made of pot metal, and it is remarkably easy to damage the threads.

    I finally found a tool that could get under the bottom of the bushing so that I could get some leverage to pull it out.

    I put a couple of pics of it below. I don't know if it's the same in Australia or elsewhere, but in the US paint stores often give these tools away to open paint cans. I had to file down the edges a little to get it to fit. Once I could get it in it worked. It was still hard to pull the bushing out, but if this had not worked I am not sure how I'd have done it.

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    Hmmm, looks interesting, i know the tools you mean. I used a sacrificial bolt with the right thread to screw into the bushing, then a circular timber plate to surround the bushing (hole cut in the middle obviously) then a claw hammer/ pry bar to lever it out, worked a treat. I've since learnt the better way is use masking tape on the posts and don't put the bushing in until absolutely necessary.

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