Ever cut any DIY pickguards? What from?

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  1. Adieu

    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    Need me some precision dremel-ing practice before an unrelated project (which could bite me in the azz something fierce if I screw up)

    Suddenly thought of guitar stuff


    Anyone cut their own pickguards with a dremel? What from? Any good results?
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member

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    When I "cut" pickguards it's usually with the band saw .
    I'll rout with the Dremel though and use it for the odd customizing of an existing guard
    I get pickguard blanks from Allparts , Stew Mac , Ebay ...whomever ,but mostly Allparts

    This one required a new guard ,as the orig near 60 yr old plastic was disintegrating
    Just in time for the Heartbreakers' 40th anni tour BTW....

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    This one will require a new guard ,same plastic as above ,all cracked to sh*t. I just haven't decided on a pickup config yet.

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    Made a p90 guard out of a reissue Melody Maker guard with a little Dremelin'

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    And just p90-ing Melody Makers in general

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    This one ,I just had the "patina" outline from the old guard to go by . I had no clue

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    A couple just customized with the Dremel

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  3. lespaul339

    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    Ya know, not only do I dig your music and playing, but I also really enjoy the threads where you post your projects and craigslist finds. I'm a gear head too so I love gear pics. It's so cool that you post here, man!
     
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    jimmyjames Well-Known Member

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    Hacksaw and file to sheet copper for the Greco Custom on LHS (+pup rings and rolled copper tailpiece), same to flattened piece of uPVC drain pipe for the Super Real on RHS :yesway: [​IMG]
     
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    AlvisX Well-Known Member

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    Cheers , it keeps me inspired
     
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  6. MarshallDog

    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    A friend of mine made one for his LPS and he used a router. It turned out really nice, looks perfect.
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    ive done solid pick guards and cut pickup holes.

    Remember if you use single ply you will get static noise multy ply pickguards dont build up static charge and make noise like single plys do
     
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    johnfv Well-Known Member

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    I've modded pickguards with a Dremel... and ruined at least one :)
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    One little slip with a Dremel and Bingo Clark its all over!!! Great tool but one must be very very careful.
     
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  10. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    I build custom guitars. www.matthewsguitars.com is my website.

    I don't make a lot of pickguards and cavity covers but when I do, I'll make a plexiglas template and use it with a router table and appropriate bevel and straight router bits to make whatever piece I'm making as professional as possible. It's time well spent.

    While none of my guitars require a pickguard, as I never top route for electronics, everything needs cavity covers. In some cases I cut the cavities to use covers made by other manufacturers for specific models. I still have to make the routing template but if I do the job right, I can skip the cavity cover template and just buy one that will fit perfectly.
     

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