Vintage Guitar - July 2018 - open - 72
COLUMN Dan's Guitar RX
1) To check the inner diameter
of the tapped bar hole, I grabbed
an old Strat block from our
spare-parts bins. The hole in the
block was a snug fit for a .162"
2) I found the center of the
plugged hole - and the angle of
the hole in the block - by putting
the dowel in a drill chuck and
adjusting a vise until the dowel
nestled in the hole.
3) I then put a diamondplated/ball-shaped cutter in
the chuck and used it to grind
a small cavity in the stub.
4) That burr made a small spot
that allowed me to introduce a
bigger diamond burr from the
Repairing a Strat Vibrato Arm
By Dan Erlewine
'56 Strat was recently brought to the shop for a re-fret, nut
replacement, and setup. As I was nearing completion of the job
and putting the vibrato arm back in place, it snapped inside
the block. I'd noticed it was fatigued, and happened to be the lucky
person who experienced the "fun." I've removed vibrato-arm studs
a number of times, so I didn't freak out.
Photos: Kate Erlewine.