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Get some wood glue (elmers is fine) and some wood toothpicks. Break the toothpicks and put some splinters in the hole with the wood glue, so that the screw will be very snug. Then screw in the strap button. It should grab and when the glue sets it will hold. I have heard of people doing this on very expensive guitars with no problem. I actually had to do this repair tonight on my Explorer.

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Great advice from "King" Kong!

 

I'm a "visual learner", myself ... so here is a video of the very same repair being done:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeL6r6XTPU0

 

It works and it's as solid as a rock. Sometimes you'll have to do this just to install a strap lock ... one of the easier and more common guitar fixes. Good luck!

 

Jim

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That's awesome! I never would have thought of doing something like that. It happened when I was trying to put strap locks on it, so that makes sense I guess.

Thanks for the tip guys, i'm a noob when it comes to guitar repairs.

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Get some wood glue (elmers is fine) and some wood toothpicks. Break the toothpicks and put some splinters in the hole with the wood glue, so that the screw will be very snug. Then screw in the strap button. It should grab and when the glue sets it will hold. I have heard of people doing this on very expensive guitars with no problem. I actually had to do this repair tonight on my Explorer.

Did the same to my Elitist Casino a month or so ago. Surprisingly simple fix, but works like a charm!

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I noticed that in the video, he put the screw in while the glue was wet. I've always waited for it to dry before inserting the screw. Especially with acoustics and hollow bodies.

The only reason you would want to put wait until the glue dries is if you may want to remove the screw at some point. And that is a good point to bring up. Because if you might want to do that, then I recommend waiting until it dries.

But if you want it to stay there, solid, put it in when the glue is wet.

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Gorilla glue is great stuff, better than Elmer's, just a little messier to work with. Nothing a little blue tape won't fix. Yes, the first repair like this I did a "wet set" and the screw can be very difficult to remove after that. I almost stripped the head getting it out. Never again.

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