warped pick guard

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  1. stanpz

    stanpz TDPRI Member

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    Just got a '64 Jazzmaster in great condition except the pick guard has a few spots where it is warped. Any easy fixes ?
     

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  2. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Easy. Take it off the guitar and strip all the parts off of it. Place it face down on a smooth surface, and put a heating pad on it for about ten minutes or so. Remove the heating pad, stack a half dozen books on it, and leave it to cool for an hour or so. You've got a flat pickguard.
     
  3. Zuzax

    Zuzax Tele-Afflicted

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    I did pretty much the same thing for pickguards on my various '60s Japanese rescues, except I sandwiched them between two heating pads for about a half hour (temp gun said 127F), and then I put them between the smooth sides of some finish plywood and put a bunch of heavy things on top of the plywood, leaving it overnight.

    TL,DR: Heat and pressure.:D
     
  4. shinigami747

    shinigami747 Tele-Holic

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    Wife's hair dryer to warm the pickguard, then a big pile o' hardcover books to squash it flat.
     
  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hair dryer or heat gun will work but be very careful of hot spots - keep the gun lower temperature and far away and move the air blast around. You want to achieve even heating and warm the plastic all the way through not just the surface.

    Put a sheet of smooth paper under and over the pickguard before the wood+weights so you don't get any markings/scratches.
     
  6. Pawnshopper

    Pawnshopper Tele-Meister

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    In warm, sunny weather I have put warped pickguards between two large pieces of glass. They flatten out over the course of a day or two, depending on the amount of direct sunlight they receive.
     
  7. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    That ain't nothing a few drywall screws can't hold down!
    Nah, I've done the heating pad and books too. It worked!
     
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    Hey now, that's a good idea.
     
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