Sunday, May 11, 2014

Snapz Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pin Puller Review


There are a lot of ways to pull stuck bridge pins from acoustic guitars, and many of them involve misusing tools that were designed for another purpose, as well as the possibility of damaging the instrument or the pin. There are a few different tools out there that are specifically designed for this task, and the Snapz bridge pin puller is one of my favorites.

This tool is very easy to use:

1) Slide grip ring up so the jaws can move

2) Press tip down onto bridge pin so the jaws will open up and pop over the end of the pin

3) Slide grip ring down to lock the jaws into place

4) Pull on the handle to remove the pin

And that is it! The Snapz bridge pin puller is made of plastic, so it is a lot less likely to damage your bridge and your wood, plastic or bone bridge pins. A friend of mine said it seems kind of cheap since it was made of plastic, and that he would rather have one made of metal, but that seems like a bad idea to me. They makes things like chisels and files out of metal, and I would rather minimize the exposure of my delicate wooden instruments to such things.

An added bonus is that the pin is held captive by the tool, so it is less likely to fly off under a workbench or into a dark corner when it finally pops loose.

These things are cheap enough that I bought a couple of them so I could have them at home and in my emergency kit. It is better to be safe than sorry, and I would rather have one of these with me than having to resort to a pair of pliers in an emergency.

If you are thinking of picking up a Snapz bridge pin puller, make sure you shop around. I found them for $7.50 from Stewart MacDonald and Amazon (plus $6 shipping!) or $10 from Allparts. It really is a neat tool, and you should try one!


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