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Offline TheGrail

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DIY Hex Tremolo Bar - Cheap!
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:52:13 PM »
Gents,
I periodically see people here on the forum looking to replace a lost hex trem bar for the pre-refined whammy. They are usually impossible to find because nobody has an extra one, and the factory is out of business. 

So I had an idea to find a source of suitable 3/16 hex bar that is long enough to allow you to bend your own. This is what I found, for just $5!. 

https://smile.amazon.com/Eklind-Tool-51912-Hex-Key/dp/B000GTORZE/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1537242734&sr=8-10&keywords=3%2F16+hex+long

This long bar is 10.5 inches long while the factory whammy bar is just less than 9 inches. By carefully measuring and making the two bends using a vise and a vise grips, you can make a replacement bar in a few minutes. 

If you want to make a foam handle to match the factory one, ironically, you will spend a little more than the cost of the replacement bar itself. This 1/2" closed foam costs $10 and can be whittled and sanded into the proper shape and put on the end of your DIY hex whammy bar.

https://www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com/products/paddlers-supply-foam-blocks?variant=29843074700&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItduDmNjD3QIVlorICh2kng11EAkYASABEgKSNfD_BwE

Enjoy!
Roy
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Re: DIY Hex Tremolo Bar - Cheap!

Offline billy

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Re: DIY Hex Tremolo Bar - Cheap!
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 12:01:49 PM »
great info! 

FWIW you can get aluminum hex stock at mcmaster.com for even less money, plus with easier cutting and bending. 

https://www.mcmaster.com/89845k72  2 feet is $2.99.  But the shipping... :(

They might have some foam tubing that could work in a pinch, though I'd be inclined to try some silicone tubing slipped over the end.  (Also available there.)
Billy

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