#1
i;m trying to change the strings on my acoustic guitar. i got the ends out of the tuners, then i hit a problem at the bridge. the pins holding in the strings have proven to be extremely difficult to take out. I would just use a brute force method but im worried that doing so will rip out the bridge along with it. Is this normal? can i just try to pull the pins until they come out?
#2
i usually use a table knife and put thumb on one side and knife on other and wiggle upwards slowly whilst usuing thumbe to push down on bridge. ive been doin this ever since i started and never left a mark. plus u can buy better replacement bridge pins that give u better tone if u cack it up anyway and there not expensive. ive seen a proper tool to do it but never seen one for sale.
#3
They make a pin pulling tool for that exact purpose.

Yes you can pull on the pins until they come out, just be a little careful.
#4
With your strings off, reach into the soundhole and push the pins out from the bottom. If it hurts your fingers becuase you have to push too hard put a towel between your finger and the pin as a cushion before you push them out.
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#6
If you've got one one of those tuning peg winders it probably has a little slot on it for removing the pins, mine does. They cost about two bucks or so, and they're usually like up on the counter in a jar at most music stores.
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#7
ok thanks for the info guys. im gonna go down to my guitar shop sometime soon and i'll pick up some kind of peg remover. my tuning winder doesnt have a thing for pins so im gonna have to get a new one.
#9
I have that one, works great. Got it for 1.99 at my local music store.
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