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Fitting a Tele pickguard

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

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  1. Peegoo

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    Tape some 220 sandpaper to a prescription pill bottle that fits nicely into the cutout. Sand the edge by rolling the bottle--not by 'sawing' it perpendicular across the edge. Take your time and check your work often.
     
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    Grind down the control plate with a file or rasp?
     
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    Things are so much easier in the USA. Our medicines come in boxes and blister packs here :lol:

    But the point about rolling and not sawing is well taken, makes sense. I was going to start with 600 and see how far I get. I'll start on it this afternoon.
     
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    The drawback to modifying the control plate--even a fraction of a millimeter--is it removes the plating. That can lead to the rest of the plating flaking off.

    Start with 220-grit to get it to a close fit and finish with 400 or so.

    Other small cylindrical items that may be the correct size are a section of plastic or metal plumbing pipe, large dowel (broomstick, etc.), a battery, or a glass or ceramic guitar slide. Metal slides are too small. Find something that is almost a perfect fit, but just a little smaller to allow for the sandpaper to tape onto the outside.
     
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    UPDATE: The problem isn't the cutout for the control plate, it's the screw holes themselves. Only 3 of the 8 screw holes line up perfectly. Looks like I'll have to get a pickguard made. I've searched for 90's MIJ pickguards online but haven't found anything. And who knows, a replacement could have the same issues.

    Thanks for the replies, good people!
     
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    I'm sorry for asking, who is that supposed to be?

    I see it's a rosewood body... Is that supposed to be George Harrison?
     
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    Yeah. It's from a photo from the internet. A friend of mine did the airbrushing, close to 10 years ago now. That's why I'm trying to get a black pickguard again.
     
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    Have you looked to see if there is anything inside the control plate that may be extruding that could be adjusted...i.e. ground strap or otherwise? I may not take much to fix.

    Good housekeeping is key.

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    Are you saying that the line up issue happens when the control plate is loose and out of the way? BTW, what happened to the original pickguard?
     
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    For a millimeter I would try loosening the screws and wiggling the pickguard into place. My second instinct would be to pick up a fine cut half round file.
     
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    Oh, 35 mm film cans, those were the days..
     
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    Few toothpicks, glue and re-drilling works for that. It's gonna be tough to find a pickguard with exact same screw hole positioning.

    I actually found instructions somewhere here when did it first time. But had to do both.. re-drill some, and then shape some.
     
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    Do you want to keep that art work? If not, maybe just get some paint remover and get rid of the airbrush on the guard that fits?
     
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    THIS should be the solution . I've done it a number of times .
     
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    If you want to use a router, make a template first using the control
    cavity cover and a router bit with a template bearing on it.
    The router bits are a little pricy, but will come in handy for future projects.
    Bits are here:
    Whiteside Template Bit
     
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    I lost track of this thread. No, it's nothing to do with the control plate, it's just the screw holes in the new pickguard don't line up with the holes in the guitar body.

    The original pickguard is the one that got airbrushed. I found a shop here that can make pickguards from a template, although I think I might just send them the original.
     
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