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Aftermarket Scratchplate

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by skingsford, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. skingsford

    skingsford NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi all. I have a 1982 Japanese Squier Tele - probably my favourite guitar even though I have several vintage Fenders and a beautiful early 60s Gibson es330. The tele is great, but I always admired tortoiseshell scratchplates. I bought one on eBay, but I didn't realise the shape and screw hole configuration were different from US teles. Can anyone tell me where I might find one to fit my guitar. Thanks.
     

  2. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Meister

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  3. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Meister

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    I am not necessarily recommending that link, just using it as an example.

    Unfortunately, some tortoiseshell material is printed like a color newspaper, you can see the dots.
     

  4. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Tele-Holic

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    There are a lot of pickguard companies that will make a custom pickguard for you, and some are not very expensive. Some of them have a list of guitar models that they have pickguard templates for, if yours isn't listed you just make a tracing of your yours and they'll make it from that. You can pick the type, thickness, how many plys, and the color. The only one that I can think of at the moment is Pickguardian.
    Maybe somebody can suggest other companies. I haven't looked for while.
    Al
     

  5. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    I've had several different pickguards on my 1993 Korean Fender Squier Tele, and have had to make a few adjustments on several. I've had great success with other Fender parts fitting this particular guitar, so I don't know if the lack of exact pickguard fit is a flaw of the guitar, or the pickguard maker. At any rate, I hope you're able to use a tortoise 'guard.....I LOVE 'em.....
     

  6. Finck

    Finck Tele-Holic

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    Ready to use aftermarket pickguards rarely fit without adjusts, even the best ones I guess. I have just bought a "perfect fit" one for my MIM Precision and 5 holes simply don't match by a 1-2 mm difference.
    Best option is always a taylor made.
     
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  7. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    If you look around there are sometimes ones available with no screw holes.

    Strats are more of a crapshoot than Teles - I have tech customers order the pickguard because there's a decent chance that even a "matching" one won't fit existing screw holes cleanly or the neck pocket cutout is off on one side or the depth. There are fewer problems with Fender's replacements but still sporadic issues, Allparts seem to be OK about 70% of the time, and no-name eBay guards are about 50/50.
     

  8. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Holic

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    I have a 100% success rate with cheap chinese pickguards and Indonesian and Chinese Squiers...
     
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  9. skingsford

    skingsford NEW MEMBER!

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    Thanks for your replies guys. I will try to get one without screw holes. Cheers, Simon.
     

  10. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Meister

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    www.pickguards.com will make you whatever you want from a tracing of your old pickguard.
     

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