No/Minimal scratchplate esquire

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  1. backwater

    backwater TDPRI Member

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    Hi Folks,
    I'm currently working on an esquire build with a flame maple top but the body is routed for a neck pickup.It will be stained purple.

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    I had planned to use a Merle Haggard/F Hole style scratchplate but it seems a shame to cover over all the flaming. Looking for ideas to cover the neck pickup hole without covering masses of the flame top.

    Any ideas? I did wonder about a custom made neck pickup ring (without the holes for the pickup) or a minimal scratchplate.

    Thanks

    Andy
     
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  2. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Afflicted

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    Maybe a Thinline guard? That'd expose a little more wood. Do they make Thinline/Esquire hybrid guards?
     
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  3. backwater

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    That's the Merle Haggard/F Hole scratchplate I mentioned and I can buy/make one as an esquire:

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    Andy
     
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  4. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    I'd go with the Merle Haggard version or even a standard. I think the figure in that wood is plenty strong enough to bear a little covering up. Whatever you choose I hope we'll see pics of the finished guitar.
     
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    You can also do a pickup mounting ring.

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  6. oldfish

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    glue a fag in the pickup cavity and make it a feature no need for a guard:D
     
  7. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here's a thought, an LP Jr type guard made to fit a Tele ;)
     
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    Perhaps a mounting ring in your choice of material, and a lower half pickguard like Billy Gibbons has on some tele-shaped guitars.
     
  9. backwater

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    Thanks Folks. Maybe I should have been clearer. The guitar will be an esquire with no neck pickup so I am looking for ideas for covering the neck pickup hole without covering up lots of the flame maple.

    Currently the Haggard pickguard is favourite but looking for any alternative ideas before I decide.

    I will start a build thread once I get my camera out and take some photos of progress.

    Thanks

    Andy
     
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    Haggard/Les Paul Jr type of thing probably best, just the basic minimum.
     
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  11. johnniegoat

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    are you staining the top?

    if so, you could get a transparent esquire plate, a la Paisley tele, and use a similar opaque paint on the under side to blend in and disguise the hole

    eg - on this it would be a pink patch rather than a neck pickup

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    i had though you could glue a piece of flame veneer under a transparent plate, but matching the flame would be tricky
     
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    I would use a standard Esquire pickguard myself. It would cover the pickup rout, look classic and leave lots of grain exposed. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.
     
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    This plus a transparent guard?
     
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    Maybe not for everyone, but I used a cut down old 12” record. I’d advise against using late 80s vinyl though, it’s paper thin:

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    My vote is for nothing at all. Leave it just like that- open and exposed. There’s something very attractive about “honesty” in design....
    *form follows function*
     
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    Hi Folks, I've tried some ideas and made a decision.

    A les Paul Junior style guard was suggested but needed too much changing to fit.

    Quite liked this one - tele meets Melody Maker :

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    Went back to the Merle Haggard with a paper trial version :

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    Liked the Merle Haggard and tried it in Black Pearl but it seemed to busy :


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    So, slightly boring I ended up with the Merle Haggard style in parchment :

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    Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions.

    Andy
     
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    I think that’s nice
     
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