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Empty Screw Holes After PUP Swap

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by StillBeat, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. StillBeat

    StillBeat TDPRI Member

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    Replaced pickups in my offset telecaster with a set that mounts directly the the body instead of the pickguard. This has left two holes in the pickguard where the previous screws used to be. Does anyone have a tip on how to fill these that won't require me spending $35 on a new pickguard?
     
  2. Peegoo

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    Forget the holes are even there. It's not like anything will leak out, because the pickguard is a loose fit around the pickup anyway.

    if it bugs you, fill the holes with an epoxy that is a color match.

    Another fix is to cut the heads off two screws (leave about 1/16" of screw shaft under the heads) and glue 'em in place.
     
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  3. guitarbuilder

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    Get a couple of pickguard screws and hot glue them in or put a small piece of wood behind them for them to bite into.
     
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    Tiny LEDs and a watch battery
     
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    Steal two diamond stud earrings from your GF/wife/etc., jewelry box and CA 'em in place.

    BLING, baby!
     
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  6. StillBeat

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    HAHA. Perfect
     
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    Love the glue them in place idea. Thanks
     
  8. capgun

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    Ignore them. I put a hot rail in a Tele once and had the holes left over. Was never a problem.

    Two little screw holes are nothing compared to this monstrosity:
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    Capgun
     
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    Just a Tele neck pickup now screwed to the body?
    Swap it to guard mount!
    If the pickup flatwork holes are too big that's as easy a fix as filling the guard holes, and you can then adjust the durn pickup.
     
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    Also this. There’s nothing stopping you from mounting it in the guard.

    Capgun
     
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    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

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    What color is the PG? If it's just two little screw holes I would fill them with a little super glue. Once dried, carefully scrape flat with a razor blade. Then take a closely matching color permanent marker or little paint and with a q tip and cover the glue.
     
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    Didn't Danny Gatton have Cubic Zirconians in place as fret markers on his neck? They caught and "refracted" light, making them easy to see onstage.
     
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    I have had good fortune cutting pickup mounting screws short and screwing them into the receiving end of a small zip-tie.
     
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  14. Peegoo

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    That's an even better option than gluing the heads in place, because if you forget and twank one with a screwdriver, it will simply spin in place rather than breaking the glue bond.
     
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    Exactly! And I forgot to mention, although it may be obvious, I cut the zip tie receiving end off the rest of the zip tie before using it. LOL
     
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    Sunflower seeds and CA glue... fixes anything, see youtube!

    On a more serious note, I'd use the false screws... and if there's enough room just put nuts on the backside. If they're coarse thread type screws, some small pieces of plastic with a hold screwed in them can act as a nut...or a couple nylon washes from the local hardware store.
     
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