22 frets, swapping pick guards without neck removal

Ape Factory

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Any creative solutions to this minor dilemma? I have this really wicked Telecaster I built and I'm able to swap out the bridge pickup in a matter of minutes (no soldering). Problem is, I have a neck humbucker and that, combined with the 22-fret neck, means I can't get the pick guard out from underneath the overhang without unbolting the neck. I really don't want to do that too often. I've got another pick guard now loaded with a traditional Telecaster single coil and a matching pickup for the bridge (Kleea tall blues set). Want to test it vs. the original Fralin Unbucker/Blues special setup and be able to go back and forth quickly as I have no short term memory. Ok I jest. A bit.

Now the best solution is to just build another telecaster (you can never have too many right?). Wondering if anyone's trimmed back the pick guard to facilitate removal with an attached neck and did it make things look overly weird? Thinking maybe a spot of flat black tape over the location may hide things visually but I don't want to start filing away just yet.

Advice appreciated.
 

dsutton24

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Lift the back edge of the pickguard, scoot it back and up. It will come off.
 

Ape Factory

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The humbucker actually stops it from doing that. Can't lift it high enough to get the bottom edge of the humbucker over the neck route.
 

Dennis Brown

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I have had the same problem and I tried a number of things. In the end, I found it was easier and safer to just remove the neck, at least partially. Didn't want to scratch up my guitar. You can drop the pickup and get the pickguard out, but you can't install or remove as long as the pickup is installed on the pickguard, at least from my experience.
 

Jake D

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Also, you can try to raise the pickup in the pickguard. It can decrease the depth of the pickup and make it easier to pop over the pickup route. Top tip!
 

KevinB

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One thing you can do is to put threaded inserts into the neck and replace the screws with bolts. Onyx Forge has a nice set, and forum member Chet Johnson also sells a very nice set. Or, if you have a good local hardware store you may be able to source the inserts yourself.

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It's really quite easy to do and once the inserts are in there you can remove and replace the neck as often as you want without damaging any threads.
 

dsutton24

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Also, you can try to raise the pickup in the pickguard. It can decrease the depth of the pickup and make it easier to pop over the pickup route. Top tip!

Yep.
 

xtrajerry

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What's with the reluctance to pull the neck? If it's never been removed before you'll want to remove it all the way if the paint's created a seal. After that just detune & capo the strings loosen the screws and tilt..
 




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