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Dodgey pickguard

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:35 pm

Finally getting around to installing shielding in my 25-year-old MIM Strat, and purchased a tortoise-shell pick guard awhile back meaning to replace that at the same time. The Strat is white, and so was the pickguard 25+ years ago, but it has since discolored into a sorta ugly beige that I'm not particularly enthusiastic about, hence the replacement.

The replacement pick guard is shaped fine, but some of the screw holes don't line up. Some are in completely new spots, and I don't see it as a big deal to drill new holes, but several are off not much more than half the diameter of the screw hole, and drilling those (and getting the screws to hold) seems like it'll be a bit of a problem.

So, what would you do - chuck this pickguard and buy one from StewMac and hope it's a closer fit, or fill some of the old holes with dowel and drill for the new guard?
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:13 pm

You can save the tortoise pg and use it later?
The pick guards on Fenders varied throughout the years. If you can determine what year the guitar was modeled on, you could buy one to match.
Otherwise it may be a good opportunity to learn how to make a pick guard.
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Gregory nangle » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:24 pm

you may even just fill the holes with durhams rock hard putty and re drill them out, but be sure its filled and packed in there no air.
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Barry Daniels » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:32 pm

I always recommend filling holes with wood especially if your new hole will be taking up some of the same real estate. This is what toothpicks were made for. Put a little white glue on the tip of the toothpick, insert it, nip it off with flush cutting nippers, wait a few minutes and drill your new hole. If one toothpick is not sufficient to fill the hole, use more. I have several boxes of toothpicks in the shop just for this purpose.
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Steve Sawyer » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:58 am

Okay - thanks for the thoughts.

I've got other projects on the fire, so I think I'll fill with wood and re-drill as necessary. I'm the type that would normally take Gordon't suggestion to make a pick guard, but that'll have to come later.

Thanks again!
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Dan Smith » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:18 pm

I'd plug the holes and make new ones.
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Re: Dodgey pickguard

Postby Steve Sawyer » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:21 am

Dan Smith wrote:I'd plug the holes and make new ones.


That's what I did and everything came out good. The shielding made a HUGE difference too - now I only get a hum when I'm standing too close to the amp (like right on top of it). Much quieter!

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