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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / 2 point bridge question

Martin G
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May 4th, 2017 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an unusual strat in that it has something close to a 24" scale length as well as some other differences.
It was made in Japan in I believe 92 (M serial number).
I want to replace the trem block because the arm broke off inside and even one of those screw extracting bits won't get it out.

It's a 2 point bridge but I don't know if they came in different sizes, especially since almost everything about this guitar is non-standard.

The width from e to e string seems to be 2 1/16. Was/is there only one size for those bridges?

I actually emailed Fender with the serial number and their answer was that their database only starts at 1993 (??).

Anyway, anyone have any suggestions?



Pinetree
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May 4th, 2017 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try

this.

Pinetree
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May 4th, 2017 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or

this.

Martin G
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May 4th, 2017 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Serial # not found. I know what it is because I'm the original owner.


Martin G
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May 4th, 2017 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This was more helpful since it is japanese but it still only confirms the year, which I already knew.. 1992.

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Pinetree
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May 4th, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would try Callaham.

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(This message was last edited by Pinetree at 03:57 PM, May 4th, 2017)

DrKev
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It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
May 4th, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Screw-in arm, I assume. Unless you were cranking the darn thing as tight as it would go when it broke, the old piece of the trem arm will come out. Right tool and technique is all.

Failing that, you'll have to take the bridge off the guitar and separate the block from the bridge plate. Measure size and position of everything and diameter of every hole. That's the only way you can be sure to get a replacement block that works.

You're right, as a weird japanese model, there is a chance it may not be possible to easily find a replacement block. Then again, you could replace the whole bridge with another of the the right string spacing, mounting post diameter, and mounting post spacing. Just check the depth of the trem block, some Japanese bodies were a little thinner than their MIA counterparts and the trem block might just touch the back plate.

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May 4th, 2017 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Take the bridge block to a local machine shop and have them remove the broken threaded section.

A gunsmith can also do it, as can a custom bike shop. This is bread-n-butter stuff for an experienced tool freak such as myself.

One of the above options would be cheaper than postage to me (both ways) to remove it for you :o)

...and cheaper than buying some iffy replacement part.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:02 PM, May 4th, 2017)

Martin G
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May 4th, 2017 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know how it broke (20+ years of use maybe) but like I said I tried one of those reverse-thread bits for removing screws with no luck.
It is a weird model but I'm attached to it. I wanted a tortoise shell pickguard and ended up making it myself because even that was a non-standard size.

The string spacing seems pretty standard and it looks like the posts are too. I'll probably end up buying a whole new bridge assembly.

Thanks guys.


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May 4th, 2017 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is it a Squier "Silver series"

like this?

Martin G
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May 6th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nope, Fender but could have come from the same factory.

DrKev
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May 6th, 2017 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's like the two on this page? (Scroll down about half way; one sunburst, the other white).

Japan Strats

(This message was last edited by DrKev at 04:43 PM, May 6th, 2017)

DrKev
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It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
May 6th, 2017 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or this one?

Japan short Scale Strat.

Martin G
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May 8th, 2017 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Short scale.. that's it.. mine's sunburst with a maple fretboard.
The reverb link has something about the bridge.. Endrox-G1 10.5 mm. That's definitely the same bridge.. I never knew what the bolts on the bottom of the block were for, I always strung in in the normal way..up through the block and ending at the tuners.

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