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Has any body ever worked on a Fender Palomino acoustic? A customer just brought me one and half the bridge plate is gone. Is it possible to remove the steel rod that runs through the center of the body, or am I going to have to work around it?
Google Patent 3302507, and go to the "drawings" tab - might give you a bit of additional insight into what you're dealing with, especially figures 5 and 5a. Looks like an interesting gizmo, if you get a chance please post how it goes...