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Making a Bridge pin is not an economical exercise, there are times unfortunatley where you cannot get a replacement part that forces you to have to make one.
This tutorial is on the manufacturing of a single bridge pin to replace a broken one on a bass guitar.
Time to make approx 1 hr over 1 day (stain drying times)
Measure the bottom of the taper.
The use of a smart program, allows us to put all this information in and it tells me the angle of the sides is .5 of a degree.
Also we need to know how big the head of the pin is.
Using some hard oak, we face the front
Note: Using ebony would be a better choice, but I had no spare bits laying around at the time of this job.
The key to repairing is getting the job done in a timely manner with what you have at hand.
We turn the outside to 13.24mm
The angle of the taper was 0.5 degrees, so we turn our cross slide to 0.5 degrees, note the scribed line in front of the degree readings.
With a pencil, we transfer some approximate reference points
Most of the shaping is going to be done with small files, here is my selection that I will be choosing from.
These exisitng pins are plastic, the one on the G string has snapped in half.
It is possible to make a replacement out of plastic, but I like wood, so we are going to make one from wood.
Measure the top of the taper.
And the length.
I start by shaping the head.