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Old 10-21-2003, 06:20 AM
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Default Removing the endpin

Unlike kennyk I'm about to fit a Fishman rare earth in my 314. I went to remove the endpin last night and thought it would be a case of using an Allen key or Phillips screwdriver to loosten the pin. There seemed to be no obvious hole that would take either. I even had my torch out to make it more obvious. How exactly is the endpin held in place and how do I go about removing it. I know the answer is probably very obvious and I'll end up kicking myself.


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Old 10-21-2003, 06:29 AM
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first of all, put away the torch, here in America we don't use the words torch and Taylor in the same sentence I've remove a few of these in my days and there was indeed a hole for an allen Wrench. Perhaps your endpin is not and original Taylor endpin. Did you try to twist it by hand? they're not usually on very tight.

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Old 10-21-2003, 06:37 AM
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It simply unscrews. If its too tight, you can gently use a pair of pliers or vice-grips (using something between the tool and the pin to protect it)

If that doesn't work, heat it up with a propane torch until it is red hot and bang it out with a chisel.

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Old 10-21-2003, 02:01 PM
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The non-e's end pins don't simply unscrew. They are tightened on the outside with an allen wrench. They are also pretty snug on the inside since they're "wedged" in with a plastic sleeve and a couple of sharp "grips" that hold onto the wood once it's tight.

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Old 10-21-2003, 03:23 PM
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The plain (non-E) endpin is made of two parts: A black, silver or gold button on the outside that has a threaded extension, and a "blind nut" or "T-nut" on the inside, which looks like this:

The T-nut goes into the endpin hole on the inside, with its teeth digging into the endblock, and a rubber or nylon sleeve around its threaded extension to center it in the endpin hole. The exterior button is then screwed into the T-nut from the outside and tightened up.

There's a small hole in the center of the button that accepts an allen wrench for tightening and loosening. Once it's loose, you can unscrew it by hand, and then use a pencil or something similar to push the T-nut out of the hole on the inside. You can then turn and roll the guitar to make the T-nut easy to remove.

You could probably use pliers to loosen the button, but use cloth to protect both the button and the guitar's finish, and work carefully so the pliers don't slip off the button.
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Old 10-22-2003, 09:37 AM
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Chris has the right idea for modern Taylors. If yours happens to be older than, I believe, 1997, then here is the procedure for dealing with the endpin:

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