hopefully there are no hidden screws under pearl dots on this bridge jic....been there
If you can, grind a taper into the edge before you start. Not a knife edge but thin it out with a bit of gradual taper. I had trouble with the blunt edge of a standard putty knife. If you want to invest a bit, you can look at artist pallet knives for some thinner blades and different shapes. I just rounded and thinned my putty knife and it works fine.
As much as I hate to say it the cold removal, bang it with a dull chisel method does work very well for some and it has worked well for me too provided that:
1) You don't do it on a valuable guitar.....
2) The finish is poly or something tougher than say nitro.
3) You can read run-out.
4) The thing, the guitar... has something like AMG (Asian mystery glue) that is not reversable but will fail in sheer.
5) You have dulled and polished the business end of the chisel AND bent the handle for better flat access.
There is at least one maker who uses a poly finish and super glues the bridges on top of the finish with no finish removal. This method works well for these since CA fails in sheer big time.
The rest of the time, the vast majority of the time, it's a heat lamp, shield, unfettered attention never leaving the area while the lamp is on, and palet knives also reading the run-out.
Got any video footage, Hesh?
To which I cheerfully and mirthfully reply Hesh: AMG, Superglue, Epoxy, Yellow, Polyurethane, - I shall buy you a revolver with 1 bullet in the chamber to go with your chisel and mallet. Mind you, a while back I tried to remove a fingerboard from a cheap Yamaha bass neck which had an AMG with incredible tenacity and resistance: I still have the neck and the fingerboard is still attached.........hmmm, I have a chisel.....and a sledge hammer...I'll keep you posted!
Have a good weekend mate, Rusty.
At Hesh's suggestion, we decided to shoot a quick video of the method to show how it works. Keep in mind we shot it just before closing today, and it had no script or editing, but gets the general method across. Enjoy ;)
Wow...both informative and hilarious! Love the tomahawk chisel too.
I am aghast. That was great.
I caught this some months back and found it an interesting watch.
Obviously, a re-removal of the bridge.