NGD & Removing Protective Film

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  1. klkampman

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    Hey guys. I just brought home a 60s Classic Series Strat in nitro lacquer. Woohoo!
    I was wondering how you all remove the protective film from the pickguard and other parts. Is there more than one way to skin a cat in this case? I am not quite ready to take the screws out and start messing with it in that way but I want the plastic off because duh, and it's also wrinkled and peeling off anyway. I had a 72 Custom RI Tele (with 16+ screws) for at least 10 years before I got all the tiny bits out of the switch nut and screw threads.
     
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    First off, pics. Must. have. pics.

    Second, I've always pulled up the film on one of the corners and slowly pulled it off. Under the strings is the trickiest part, but it can totally be done without removing anything else. Take your time with it and enjoy the satisfying feeling that can only come from slowly removing the plastic film.

    Good luck! Oh yeah...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I will post pics as soon as I get this wrinkly eye sore off my pickguard!
    I'm not really into Strats, or so I thought. While on a trip to my hometown I toured the Guitar Centers they built while I was away. We don't have anything like that near where I live now. I picked it out without any online research, forum browsing, reviews, or specifications scrutinty. It felt good. It sounded amazing. Tones I cannot get with any other guitar I have. I feel like I entered a new chapter in life. Making decisions maturely, based on what sounds best rather than looks, opinions, or other influences. My biggest thing with Strats is everyone has one, (now I know why) but I always liked to be a little different. They seemed boring and common. My love of Teles started the same way so I'm not surprised. At first ugly, misunderstood, and despised to outright love and loyalty. I did get a 72 Custom though because they were not a "common, normal, boring" Tele. Anyways, pics soon!
     
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    Loosen each pickguard screw a turn or two, then slowly peel it off. Then tighten the screws. This prevents those little pieces of torn plastic around the screws.
     
  5. Controller

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    Leave it on!

    You don't know how much mojo you are stripping off and throwing away! :p
     
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    It won’t be in original condition if you remove it.
     
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    Just pull it off.

    Don't be a pu**y.
     
  8. Art VanDelay

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    The pickguard film will bubble and look like a** if left on. Other musicians also might snicker like when you see someone with the price tag still on their shirt.

    It's yours now, enjoy!
     
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    Yank it off..........................
     
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    Just pull it off.

    It's easier than a divorce in Texas.

    Really;
    Just peel off one edge, pull it up and off, and then everything will be right with the world.
    ;)
     
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    It'll burn off quite easily...........................
     
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    Take it off - but be careful / take your time. Don't do what my mate did; use a pair of metal tweezers to get under the strings and put a deep scratch on the chrome pick up cover (on his new Les Paul) when they slipped.
     
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    How can this be an issue? Just rip if off and play the darn thing. :)
     
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    I once saw a guy at a blues jam play a brand new AVRI 52 with the price tag still on the headstock. He was only about 16 by the looks of him. But he was also waaaay better than me. So I declined to mock him.
     
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    I gotta get in on this one, 'cause I recently had to do it - twice!

    Firstly, I always restring with D'Addario EXL110's, which makes this much easier.

    Secondly, I do what dbickford does, which is to unscrew the pickguard screws a few turns, then peel away; this method leaves no plastic remnants peeking out under the screws, but...

    For me, the neck pickup screws are the "fly in the ointment". I can never seem to get the plastic film to slip off those pickup screws in one piece! It always takes an X-acto knife to cut away the plastic that remains around the screws.

    Am I missing something? I don't loosen the pickup screws because I fear dropping the pickup and having to remove the 'guard!

    My $.02.
     
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    Peel it back. :D
     
  17. Fearnot

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    I recall someone here posting a question about how dull-looking and easily scratched his pickguard was after only a few weeks of playing.

    Turned out, he hadn't peeled the plastic off yet.
     
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    Fire works well.
     
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    That’s two for the blow lamp solution then!
     
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    Yep - this. I did it when I changed my strings. I saved the plastic, just in case I sell it later, and some idiot on Craigslist wants the original plastic or it's not worth "50% less" and they don't lowball me. :lol::lol::lol:

    Seriously, I removed it carefully, stuck it to a sheet of paper, and filed it with the other paperwork. I have no idea why - I just did.
     
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