looking for a wood tele pickguard

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  1. Hey_you

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    I want to match a maple neck with a similar type pickguard.Little luck finding a premade guard. Any ideas where to find one? It's a 8 hole nashvile deluxe guitar.Thanks in advance
     
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    Best find a piece of maple 1/8” thick (sand it to 0.1” = 3 ply guard), then cut it to fit using your old pickguard for a template? Or find a sheet of maple veneer and glue a few pieces together a bit larger than size of the pickguard.

    Try various luthier / woodworking sites for figured maple.


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  3. Freeman Keller

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    I make wooden pickguards for all my jazz type instruments - it would be simple to make one for a tele. I usually bind them with contrasting binding. I have also tried veneering some with mixed results - they tend to want to curl with humidity changes.

    These are veneered (obviously not maple) - next time I would make them from solid wood

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    laminate a veneer with epoxy to a bakelite PG .. as stable as a stage weight...

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    See?....sometimes the simple answers are the best! ;)
     
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    I hate to admit, but those skills escape me.big time.lol.looking for something I can screw in for the most part.ty
     
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    Not to be a jerk...But did you google "Custom wood pickguards"?

    I came up with 4 or 5 places that make them to order...Make sure you're sitting down.
     
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    aye.first site I saw listed was in AU.the other couple sites looked limited at best. And yeah, going to cost a bit.
     
  9. Freeman Keller

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    Get a piece of maple. Have is sanded to 60 or 70 thousands. Cut out the shape that you want. Drill and counter sink the mounting holes. Finish it with what ever you finish things with

    Here is a rosewood p/g bound in maple on my hollow body

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    Here is an ebony p/g bound in plastic with the owners name inlay

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    Flamed maple would be no different.
     
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  10. Freeman Keller

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    On the other hand, here is a mahogany tele neck that I put a piece of maple veneer on the head to match the maple body cap. I had to bend the veneer on a hot pipe and build some clamping jigs

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    Is not a perfect match but I think it looks OK

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    That is some of the veneer under the head.
     
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    If I were doing that, I’d thin a piece a maple down to .1, and then laser cut it. Sand a slight bevel on the edges and countersink the screw holes and done.
     
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