You'll need a small tool. A
jeweler's screwdriver is perfect. A very narrow-bladed knife is OK,
but be careful. You're going to flip the tip of the spring back onto
the front of the bar.
It's easier to reset the spring if you remove the sliding
part from the bar first. To do this, you'll have to unscrew one of the
mounting screws — the highest one, furthest from the fifth string
peg. If you have a long bar (3 screw mount), also remove the middle
screw. Now the bar is held in place by a single mounting screw, the
one nearest the 5th string peg.
note: handle the bar carefully,
and make sure not to lose the tiny mounting screw(s)
- Swing the bar up, clear of the neck, and pull the sliding part off
- Holding the sliding assembly in your left hand, insert the tip of
the screwdriver (or knife) into the dovetail slot, behind the tip
of the spring, and lift the spring forward
- Here's the tricky part. Continuing to hold the spring in the forward
position, put the sliding part back onto the bar, making sure that
the tip of the spring is now in front of the bar, resting on the 45
degree angle, and not behind it. (It might take you a few tries
to get this on right.)
- Check to be sure that the sliding part is no longer falling free,
but moving under spring tension. If so, replace the screws. If not,
try replacing the sliding part again as above.
Would you rather have us fix it for you?
If you're not having any luck with this, or if you just don't want to
bother with it, we'll fix it for you. Remove the entire unit, bar and
all, and send it to us. Be sure to pack it up so that it is protected;
the bar is fragile. Download
and print our repair form, fill it out, and enclose that, too.