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1959 - 1963 single ply 8 hole white pickguard?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by fernieite, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Hi guys,
    Do you know of anybody that sells a single ply non-beveled 8 hole Telecaster pickguard? This would have come standard on a blonde Tele from 1959 -1963, I think.
    Thanks.
     

  2. 63telemaster

    63telemaster Tele-Meister

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    Jul 29, 2013
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    Pickguard on a tele from that year should have a bevelled edge....actually more of a radiused edge. They are also made from different material to the earlier 50's white guards.

    I think Callaham do one??
     

  3. Ron Garson

    Ron Garson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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  4. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2010
    Montreal
    I went to a local music store and checked out about 15 pickguards for a 68 tele, found 1 that actually fit with no re-drilling of screw-holes.

    This was the reason I didn't order online - most of them almost made it but only 1 was a good fit with screw-holes that lined-up.

    Was modern, from the wrong year and too stiff, too heavy, almost too big in places but it worked - genuine Fender part. Had to float the neck p/u.

    Almost ordered from http://darrenriley.com/product-category/fender-parts/pickguards/ after e-mail but decided to do it live.
     
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  5. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    The one on my PV58(even though it's 5 hole) isn't beveled and looks like the Stratosphere one that Ron submitted. Can't hardly beat that price.

    Is this going on a collectable guitar or a blank body that your building?

    If it's a collectable and replacing an existing guard. You can have a pickguard custom made to exact replica specs.

    If it's not collectable or even a new build, there shouldn't be a problem with having to drill a few new holes as needed. They will be covered by the guard anyway on a replacement.
     

  6. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Oh really, I thought the early slab board Tele's had straight edges? Maybe I'm wrong.
    I'll have a look at Callaham. Thanks.

    Also, I'd like to know if the early 8 hole 1 ply guards were .06" or .09 thick?
     

  7. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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  8. 63telemaster

    63telemaster Tele-Meister

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    That '59 guard is thinner than my '63. It has similar signs of discolouration (mine is more used and much more discoloured) which I don't believe happened with earlier white guards so maybe all part of that cross over period.

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    As you can see, the rounding doesn't seem to be apparent around the bridge area on the '59 or on my '63.
     
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  9. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Nowadays, the replacement guards seem to be in the following thicknesses - .06" or .09".
    I assume the earliest 8 hole single ply's were .06" thick and the next generation (like your 63) were closed to .09"?
    Thanks for your help!
     
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  10. Danman

    Danman Tele-Meister

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    The 8 hole single ply pickguard from my 1960 Tele is 2.1 mm thick. (That is .083"?).

    The edge is not beveled but very slightly rounded. It looks like it is done by hand because it's not really even. It looks like the edge was scraped with a knife or so to break the sharp edge.
    Of course I don't know how much is user wear and how much is the original bevel....
    Here are some pics:

    IMG_7238.jpg IMG_7239.jpg IMG_7240.jpg IMG_7241.jpg IMG_7243.jpg
     
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  11. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Thanks very much Dan man!
    This agrees with the hq site which states that the new 8 hole single ply guards were thicker - .08".

    I wonder if the first 1959 8 hole single ply were just the regular 5 hole .06" guards drilled with 3 extra holes? Sounds like a thing Mr. Fender would do.

    Anyone have a 59 blonde tele or Esquire that can chime in?
     
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  12. hotrodder

    hotrodder Tele-Meister

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    Dec 25, 2009
    libertyville illinois
    My '59 has almost no rounding, and looks to have the edge simply scraped with a knife or razer blade. It's in such bad shape that I'm hesitant to post a picture of it, though - well used.
     
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  13. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Thanks a lot hotrodder!
    Is your 59 guard .080" thick like Danman's, or the earlier .060?
    We're talking about an 8 hole guard, right?
     

  14. Danman

    Danman Tele-Meister

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    IMG_7369.jpg IMG_7370.jpg IMG_7371.jpg IMG_7372.jpg Hi Fernieite,
    I photographed several more close ups of my pick guard so you can copy it exactly..... ;-)
     

  15. Danman

    Danman Tele-Meister

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  16. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Wow - Thanks Danman! :cool:
     
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