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Replacing Tele Pick Guard when Bridge P/U is Mounted to Body

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Emgeesea, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. Emgeesea

    Emgeesea TDPRI Member

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    I have a 2014 CS Proto Tele that I want to change the black pick guard to white pearloid. This Tele has the bridge pickup mounted in the body cavity - not to the pick guard - so getting the old pic guard out over the bridge pickup was a bear (took a lot of gentle bending), but getting the new one on is not working, and I don't want to push the bending and end up cracking it!

    Is there any other way to install a pick guard over the bridge pickup and under the neck end without removing the neck? Or does this setup require removing the neck to change pick guards?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Ryan0594

    Ryan0594 Tele-Holic

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    I can't visualise your predicament - can you supply photographs?

    The pickguard should come off independent of the bridge, and simply need detaching from the neck pickup?
     
  3. Emgeesea

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    Thanks, but it's a pita adding pics to posts in this forum, as it appears you need to post your pics elsewhere and provide the URL to that site? If I'm mistaken about this, please let me know.

    This model Tele has the neck pickup mounted inside the body cavity, not to the pick guard. And the top lip of the pick guard goes under the bottom of the neck, about .3". Since the neck pickup remains in the body, it creates a barrier to simply sliding the pick guard in/out under the bottom of the neck.

    I'm guessing the neck has to be removed, but first wanted to see whether others have worked around this.
     
  4. Ryan0594

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    Can you find any online pictures of your guitar model to share for reference? I haven't seen any Telecasters that need the neck removed to remove the pickguard, but it may be a certain quirk of a particular model?
     
  5. Warren Pederson

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    Is this because you have 22 frets?
     
  6. Emgeesea

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    I think I figured out how to add pics! This is my Tele. If you zoom in on the neck pickup, you'll see it is mounted under the pick guard, within the body cavity. So, the pick guard must be removed over it, and slid out from under the end of the neck. That's the problem - bending the top of the pick guard in order to slide it out from under the neck and at the same time lift over the neck pickup doesn't work very well!

     
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    Yes, 22 frets.
     
  8. heyslowfinger

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    If you're using a computer to post, click the Camera Icon in the toolbar. Then select "Upload a File" below your post. Browse for your media, and use the "Thumbnail" option. UploadPic.PNG

    If you're using a phone, then uh... :: shrugs :: o_O

    UPDATE
    HA, looks like you figured it out. :cool:
     
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    Usually a little bit of bend tends to happen when removing the pickguard.
    Have you tried loosening the strings to give you some more wiggle room?
     
  10. Emgeesea

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    Thanks! I did not know I could upload directly from my computer pics. What I figured out was how to use a personal album that I create on this site to post pics from.

    Appreciate it.

    Testing your method...

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  11. Ryan0594

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    Are there screws on the scratch plate either side of the neck pickup? If so, detaching it maybe help. Failing that, you may need to unscrew the neck - probably not fully, however, maybe just a few millimetres
     
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  12. Emgeesea

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    Yes, I did loosen the strings tremendously. (About to the point of losing them!) I think with this model the neck has to come off. At least to do a clean install without scratching up the lipstick cover of the neck pickup by forcing the pick guard across it.

    Thanks,
     
  13. Emgeesea

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    Looks like I have to wait anyway. :(

    The new white pearloid pick guard I received today has screw holes next to the neck pickup slot. I need to find a pick guard without these mounting holes, since my neck pickup is mounted to the guitar body. Seems like a fairly rare thing to find?
     
  14. Emgeesea

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    Do you know: will loosening the neck and retightening it mess up the setup? This guitar plays nicely; I'd hate to screw it up, and am not an expert in setup to fix it if I do!
     
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    I've taken necks off Fender instruments many times and reattached them with no issue. . . however, I have done the same on other types of instrument and it hasn't worked, so be warned.
     
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    Thanks. I’ll figure something out. Appreciate the comments.
     
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    you're mistaken
     
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    you can find the 8-hole guards without the neck mounting screw holes on reverb.

    https://reverb.com/item/37342304-al...pickguard-for-telecaster-3-ply-white-pearloid
     
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  19. Emgeesea

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    Gee thanks. Can always count on LA for an unhelpful remark.
     
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