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Hey man.

I have an Epiphone Explorer and for the last 4/5 years have been running gauge 12 strings (Ernie Ball not Even Slinky) at standard tuning. About 3 months ago, I noticed that the bottom of the bridge where the strings are "anchored" I suppose you would say, has started lifting slightly out of the body as if getting ripped out.

Now I know the obvious answer would be to change to a lower gauge string but these are literally the only strings that I have never snapped a low E on so I am not willing to change, but I was wondering if it would be possible for you to tell me what is the best way to stick the bridge back down (superglue, wood glue, araldite, duct tape etc), and would there be any way to strengthen it or have I knackered myself?

Cheers for the help!


Hi Joe,

Thanks for your question, my apologies for the delayed reply.

Unfortunately, I have not quick fix for you. Bridge coming out of the body is big stuff. I highly recommend you have this looked at by a qualified guitar repair technician. Anything less than that is simply kicking the can down the road, and I can pretty much promise you that even if it takes a while, this is a problem that will only get worse.

Sorry I did not have better news, but in this case, best to take care of the problem right the first time.

I hope this was helpful. Please feel free to follow-up if there are any other questions you may  have.

Best Wishes,

Kevin Chisholm

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