Covering stud holes after installing Maestro Vibrola

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  1. kidguava

    kidguava New Member

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    I have a 2017 Gibson SG Standard. I just bought a maestro vibrola from crazyparts, but as I began to install it, I realized that there will be holes where the stud bolts were. One hole is covered enough to where it doesn't bother me, but the other is a bit of an eyesore. see pics of the hole and removed stud bolt.
    I'm thinking about using a hole plug from a hardware store, but if anyone has a better suggestion for covering the holes so it looks good and doesn't impede the new piece, I'd love to hear it.
    thanks.
     

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    I wouldn't bother. After a little time it should stop bothering you.
    But if you have to deal with it, a black rubber or plastic plug (automotive?) is what I would try to find.
     
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    kidguava New Member

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    thanks for the tip. pardon my ignorance, but is there a functional/electrical drawback to using metal?
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha no. Just that it would disappear a little more if it was black. I would also consider a wood plug, with a cherry stain. This you could make any shape, from a piece of dowel.

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    thanks again! would you have any wisdom to pass on about how to nail the placement/alignment of the maestro?
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    I think this a real good idea with a chrome hole plug. Any hardware store should carry these. You would need one that fits the 5/16" threaded hole. The one in your link is 1 1/2".
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, I hadn't seen the link. That should do it.
    Nope, not me.
     
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    I often use a single volume and tone for strat-like objects.

    I usually just left the last pickguard hole open.

    It was probably the Dr that told me about the plastic plugs..

    You can get a handfull of different sized ones for under $5 at ACE or True Value.

    Some sizes fit better on pickguards and some better on wood.

    But I think the Hello Kitty sticker would be cooler.
     
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    Good idea, he could buy a bunch and paint or stain them until he gets the color close enough.
     

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