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Fitting a Tele pickguard

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by effzee, Apr 7, 2021.

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  1. effzee

    effzee Tele-Meister

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    As short as I can describe it - New 3-ply B/W/B Tele pickguard doesn't quite clear the control plate. How would you go about cleanly expanding the opening by about a milimeter? It's wide enough, just not not deep enough. It as though the control plate is mounted a tiny bit too far upward toward the neck. It's not beveled at that edge. Thankful for any and all ideas :)

    I was just going to wrap some fine sandpaper around my finger and rub rub rub. But I really want it to look original and accurate so figured I'd drop the Q here first. I've got time :)
     
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    That's exactly what I'd do too. Just be slow and gentle. Maybe mask the face of the guard near where you're sanding for an extra layer of protection in case you slip.
     
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    oh yeah that's a good idea, thx.

    I think I might try a wooden dowel to to wrap the sandpaper around. Gotta be the right size.
     
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    A half round file used gently. Draw it instead of pushing it, to clean up scarf.
     
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    I used a router to open up the bridge cutout on mine, it was about 3mm off on the control plate side. You can use a dremel with a router bit. Just put tape over the PG area and make a line with a pen or sharpie. Go slow. Other options are a sharp xacto knife. Trace the line multiple times cutting a bit deeper each time til you cut thru, then trim any rough edges.
     
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    For small adjustment the file will work well. If you mark the guard with the plate it will help you get an account accurate cut.
     
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    Before filing anything I would loosen the control plate and see is it has enough wiggle room to allow the PG to fit. I've found this to work fairly well.
     
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    I've made them fit by varying which screws go in first. Sounds like it might not work in your case, but maybe worth a try.
     
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    I've used sandpaper and dremel too. Mostly dremel with the larger areas and especially when bevel was needed.
     
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    Curved file if you have one. That’s a pretty common occurrence. Even when the specs are good and it’s all from good brands.
     
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    I ran into this problem once. I plugged the control plate's screw holes, moved the plate back slightly, and drilled new holes. It was easier than reshaping the pickguard's cutout.
     
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    It's tricky to make the transition smooth. I would use sandpaper around a fat dowel (3/4" or even 1"). Go slow and keep checking.
     
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    That I would consider doing in a heartbeat as I'm sure it's a lot simpler, but not on this guitar. I can't touch the body.
     
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    Thank you all for the thoughts, I'm going to start on it tomorrow. It's on my MIJ rosewood, a friend airbrushed the pickguard a few years ago but I want the original black again.
     
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    This is what it looks like right now. The standard Fender pickguard doesn't fit 100%

    I wish I had never agreed to let him do the airbrushing tbh
     

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    If that one fits right, trace it completely with a sharp pencil and send the tracing to www.pickguards.com and tell them what material you want. They will make a new one from the tracing.
     
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    I decide by first determining which parts are "wrong".

    How does the guard fit visually on the cutout and horn?
    Does another Fender guard fit?
    Are any parts Chinese mystery parts?

    If I have fit problems, I line up and mount the guard where it fits the cutaway, bridge and control plate, without the neck being mounted.

    Then I run a laminate trimmer around the neck pocket to trim the guard flush to the body, so the neck goes on with the guard in proper alignment with the body edge and other hardware.
     
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    I ended up using sandpaper wrapped around a plastic 35mm film can.
     
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    One more for the Dremel with router attachment. I've done five or six pickguard replacements and each one involved some level of trimming.
     
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    The first thing I would do is try to fudge the control plate. I have had to fudge EVERYTHING at least once. If the guard is sitting right, leave it alone, of course, but there might possibly be a tiny amount of fudge there as well.
     
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