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Hello,

I have a Mexican Telecaster that is great, except for one major assembly mistake..

The bridge is over to the left a bit too far, resulting in the strings being off-centre.. it is still very playable, but I want to fix it. Fixing would involve moving the holes over slightly to the right, and overlapping the old ones. (Similar to another post, I know, but different guitar area)

Question is, would wood glue mixed with sawdust be adequate to fill in the old holes and allow for new holes drilled overlapping the old ones?

Oh yeah, the body of the guitar is poplar.

Thanks!

:D

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Personally, I'd dowel the old holes.

Dan Erlewine (in an issue of Vintage Guitar) demonstrated a simple technique. Once the old holes are drilled to the size of your dowel, stick the end of the dowel all the way in and mark it. Then take it out and with a sharp utility blade or razor blade or whatever, roll the dowel on a hard surface until it's scored deep enough to snap off. Then just smooth up the end and glue it in.

Repeat.

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Don't use toothpicks, use a dowel. You need to have as little glue and as much wood as you can to insure a good hold for the screws. If you use tooth picks the screw will tend to work to the empty space in between them.

Also make sure your glue is good and dry. If you put a screw into wet glue it can rust it up and weaken it over time.

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Well, I went ahead and did the deed using a 1/8 inch dowel (it was 50 cents for a long one). The dowel was a nice tight fit in the holes.

Now all I have to do is wait for the glue to dry, sand the dowel ends (carefully as to not scratch the guitar body) and use a friend's drill press to redrill the holes. Hopefully this better alignment will improve the guitar's playability.

Thanks for your advice

:D

Don't use toothpicks, use a dowel. You need to have as little glue and as much wood as you can to insure a good hold for the screws. If you use tooth picks the screw will tend to work to the empty space in between them.

Also make sure your glue is good and dry. If you put a screw into wet glue it can rust it up and weaken it over time.

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