best tool for cutting a pickguard?

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  1. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    I have a standard Tele pickguard that I need to alter to fir a Humbucker for the Neck PUP.

    What is the best tool for enlarging the existing hole?
     
  2. Tinman46

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    Router with a plastic cutting bit and template? Might be too high speed and melt the plastic though so I'm not sure. Dremel might work as well.
     
  3. hemingway

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    In my experience about 6 different tools - consisting of whatever works. Files, tiles saws, sandpaper . . .
     
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    Thermal Lance.
     
  5. TelZilla

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    Not sure what that is, but it sounds AWESOME.
     
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    laaaaaazer
     
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    I've used a regular old router with a pattern following bit with no issues.
     
  8. TelZilla

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    I cut one with a coping saw, did some clean up work and beveling with a file and sand paper. Came out pretty good.
     
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    Router with 45 degree bevel bit or flush trimmer bit. Mount the pickguard material to a template and mount the router to a router table. That way you can adjust the bevel to the amount you want.
     
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    And you would not only be the first person to say its awesome, either. ;)
     
  12. TelZilla

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    Well, THIS would certainly make a hole in a pickguard:

     
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    bandsaw for roughing it out... plain old carbide router bits for the detail work...

    Ron Kirn
     
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    It'll make quite a hole in your pocket too :lol:
     
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    Just a ball bearing bit, top or bottom depending on whether you will be using a table mounted router, or a hand held. And you will also need a template, you can buy them, or you could make one yourself.

    -Austin
     
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    What do you mean by "best"? And what do you mean by "standard"?
     
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    I used a band saw then a belt sander with the table at 45* then file and sandpaper to finish. Purty good.
     
  18. bullfrogblues

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    Won't work for enlarging the pickup hole.
     
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    Chainsaw is not a good choice.
     
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    For pickup holes I've just used my router with the pattern bit. In fact, I wanted my pick guard cutout to be the same as the pickup route, so I mounted the pick guard as normal and just used a flush trim bit. Came out perfect!

    -Rob
     
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