Cover plate?

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  1. Boreas

    Boreas TDPRI Member

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    Ok, I need some suggestions for a "custom" cover plate for the holes left in my Thinline after installing a "forward-shifted" roller bridge (for short-scale neck) and installing a B50. I used screws for the screw holes, but how to cover the string holes? My less-than-elegant electrical tape isn't going to cut it for long. I don't really want to fill the holes. Any suggestions?
     

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  2. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If you want a plate, just a rectangular plate (stainless or chrome) that covers all 9 holes. You could also strip the guitar fill the holes and refinish it. One more option, just string it up and play it.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    fill holes in with dowels, same diameter, finished on end.

    cut custom plate from same MOTS pearloid pickguard material. Buy a whole sheet of it, and keep cutting designs until you get it right.

    fill holes with battery lit LED's, one of those tiny christmas light strings, or similar.

    get some shark teeth from ebay or whatnot, make a row of shark's teeth.

    large drop of acrylic paint in each hole, make a rainbow, lets see, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Yep that's six.

    get some of those super strong tiny magnets to fill each hole. Why? Why not?

    ...you asked....
     
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  4. Boreas

    Boreas TDPRI Member

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    Thanks, I considered the MOTS option, and haven't ruled it out. I also have some copper plate I can use. Ideally, I would like to find something like the neck plate on a fender that was thinner and chrome. I convert most of my electrics to Bigsbys and have run across this problem frequently. In the past, I have just left the holes. On my Mustang I left the chrome bridge plate intact and installed the Biggs on top of it. I suppose the MOTS option would be the best. To me, the holes don't matter much, but to possibly sell the instrument in the future, the holes may turn off non-handy buyers.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Whatever you decide, make sure it applies to the holes left when you take that nasty-looking Bigsby off.
    OR.....just leave the holes alone and practice a little more? :)
     
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    That may just be next winter's project! I hate the feel and look of poly. The short-scale neck I made was finished in lacquer.
     
  7. Boreas

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    I can't play without a whammy. I put a nicer-looking MosLike on my DuoSonic, but I had a spare B50...

    Try to ignore the electrical tape...
     

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  8. Zepfan

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    Make a new guard that has holes for the 2 bridge posts and covers the old holes. Think about how the JM and Jag guard covers the area behind the bridge.
     
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  9. Boreas

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    Well, that would give me an excuse to buy that router!!
     
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    mkdaws32 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    This seems like an elegant solution!
     
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  11. Boreas

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    Will be stringing it, installing/adjusting a Tusq nut, and hopefully setting intonation today. The plate can wait for a future string change!
     
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  12. Boreas

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    I could sweep it over the holes, then angle it over toward the part that looks like Florida and houses the knobs.
     
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