- Oct 2, 2007
- Four Corners USA
Pretty common issue. My '68's pickguard was in a box for 3 decades before I dug it out and reinstalled as part of a restoration. I just drilled new holes where it didn't line up. None of the repros did it for me. The tortoise shell guard for my '64 Strat had shrunk so badly it was pulling out the screws and squeezing and tilting the pickups so badly I was afraid it was going to damage the coils. The guitar had been literally in a closet for years and the off-gassing of the nitrocellulose yellowed the finish on the top. Vintage pickguards can be vexing.