#1
Hi bought a really cheap guitar guitar off thomann the other day to use as a beater. I was going to do some adjustments, so undid the strings and now I've found out that both the saddle and the pins are glued in. I can tell the pins a glued because I've done the pushing the string down whilst pulling the pin I've also tried hitting them from underneath. They won't budge. So please can someone sudjest what to do as even though it was cheap i don't want to smash it up too bad by battering them out. I know someone will probs say take it to someone but there isn' really anyone round here for us country folk.
Thanks iin advance for any help.
Duncan.
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#2
when i have a realllly stubborn bridge pin i gently take a hammer and use the... pointy end(?) to pry em out.
if you get a little reckless though you can scrape the wood.
#3
yeah i spose... i have been using a pin puller though. I suppose it is like a mean version. I'll try it though. I'll report back in a minute
nah didn't work at all :'(
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#4
Makes no sense for bridge pins to be glued in. Are you 100% ?
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#5
wow, i've never heard of bridge pins being glued in. i guess removing them depends on what kind of glue was used. some glues are water soluble, some loosen up with heat, etc.
#6
I am pretty sure they are glued - they won't budge AT ALL. and yeah I think its damn stupid of them, what the hells the point? I mean even if its a cheapy one and meant for beginners do they not expect to ever break a string or is it now meant to be 'break a string - just get another guitar...' if that is their idea then i suppose then on their part it's a pretty good idea.... for them.
I've emailed them now, it will be intresting to seee what they say really.
I am pretty pissed off 'cos i got this guitar to take on holiday with me.
Thanks for any replies at all by the way.
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#7
^--- i can't imagine that the guitar came with the bridge pins glued in place from the factory. did you purchase this guitar brand new?
#8
yeah brand new off thomann. ordered it last week and it came tuesday.
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yeah brand new off thomann. ordered it last week and it came tuesday.

What guitar, so we can all steer clear of it?
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#10
It was the Harley Benton HBCG45. As I said it was VERY cheap.
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#11
Good news!!!
I had to put a key underneath my pin puller to get more leverage. I still had to pull extremely hard though - a lot harder than I should of had to.
My dad reckons it's because if its mass produced they probs have a machine hitting the pins in for them so hence why they were so stiff.
I would like to say again though that I still had to pull alot harder than I should of had to.
Thanks for the help.
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#12
You would not have had any of these problems if you had read my post about stubborn bridge pins and how to "break the lock" that is created by the ball end of the string wedging itself up against the side of the bridge pin on the inside of the guitar. They for sure can be stubborn to get out if wedged in place tighter than they need to be. I know you said you tried to push the strings in and pull the pin at the same time, but that's not right. If it happens again, use a pair of pliers on the string, about 1/2-1 inch away from the head of the pin on the outside of the guitar. Push the string down into the body with the help of the pliers. You'll have to make sure you have a good grip on the string so it won't slip and mess up the surface of the bridge. Wait to try to pull the pin until you get the string to move. All it takes is a little bit of movement of the string to break that lock. Then out come the pins nice and easy. Remember this for future reference.
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You would not have had any of these problems if you had read my post about stubborn bridge pins and how to "break the lock" that is created by the ball end of the string wedging itself up against the side of the bridge pin on the inside of the guitar. They for sure can be stubborn to get out if wedged in place tighter than they need to be. I know you said you tried to push the strings in and pull the pin at the same time, but that's not right. If it happens again, use a pair of pliers on the string, about 1/2-1 inch away from the head of the pin on the outside of the guitar. Push the string down into the body with the help of the pliers. You'll have to make sure you have a good grip on the string so it won't slip and mess up the surface of the bridge. Wait to try to pull the pin until you get the string to move. All it takes is a little bit of movement of the string to break that lock. Then out come the pins nice and easy. Remember this for future reference.


This would be correct in most cases but not in this one I am afraid. I did do all of that which is why I thought they were glued. It was actually because they were too big for the hole or the hole wasn't big enough. I wouldn't of bothered making a thread otherwise.
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This would be correct in most cases but not in this one I am afraid. I did do all of that which is why I thought they were glued. It was actually because they were too big for the hole or the hole wasn't big enough. I wouldn't of bothered making a thread otherwise.


How far did the head of the pin extend above the top deck of the bridge when the pins and strings were installed? I ask because the majority of pins have a shoulder molded or turned into it(if it's bone) that is supposed to prevent the pin from going too far into the hole in the bridge. Since you said they were oversized, or the hole too small, just curious how high the pins sat before you managed to get them out.
Good job figuring it out btw. A lot of people would have given up and taken the guitar in and paid far too much money for a simple fix.
#15
hmm... I'd say they sat at about normal height but maybe a bit higher?
And yeah I really didn't have the time or money to take it to a pro. Especially as it probably would of cost about the same amount as the guitar which is just daft.
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