Pick guard fix question.....

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  1. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    hey guys,

    I know that most of the newer pick guards on acoustics are attached with double sided tape etc. etc.

    I have the very point end of a guard on my Songwriter that is lifting, and I really do not want to take it completly off and re-apply if at all possible.....it is not really enough to get it raised and slip a piece if tape under it unless I use tweesers and then would probably need to trim the excess, which scares me a little.....

    this is a very small thing maybe 1/4-\ to 1/2 an inch, but it catches my pinky sometimes when strumming and hurts like hell......

    is there anything I can do?

    what is the best solution?

    thanks for any help....

    HCT
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Take up drumming, maybe.....:run:
     
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    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    theres a smartass in every crowd and guitar crowds have 4.....

    :cheers2:
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    You know you'll always be my hero, Lee! :cheers:
     
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    On a serious note, could you get a syringe needle under it? A little thinned Titebond injection and a clamp?
     
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    kiko Senior Member

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    Do it right, take it off and fix it properly.
     
  7. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    I can get a needle under , but I am pretty sure it is on with tape, not glue.

    man, I hate to take it off for 1/8" corner, but if that is the best tining????
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    I'll prolly get banned for suggesting this, :wow:but if its such a small amount could you just clip it off with some nail trimmers or something?

    Slip some tape under there and reshape it with an emery board?
     
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    A few pics of the area might help.

    Those pick guards are thicker than most. The one on my hummingbird artist is a little thicker than the one on my Martin.

    Maybe warm it up with a hair dryer, press and hold it back down. Might get that adhesive re-activated. That's what I would do before I pull it. :thumb:

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    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    I would take it off before cutting.....I will try the hair dryer and see...if it does not work, I will post a pic....yes they are thicker than a normal "flat" guard....almost a little scalloped on the edges.
     
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    Without pictures it's pretty hard to have the guys here help you so that a proper assessment and suggestions can be made. If there was something that caused the pickguard to lift such as heat or material abnormalities etc. Please take a pic and submit it for better suggestions.
    Without seeing the issue I would use 2 sided tape after lifting the guard and cleaning the area of debris. JMHOYMMV
     
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    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    I will get some pics tonight....I got tied up.

    No heat or material defects etc. it is as if the tape from the factory is not adhearing in that last little bit at the bottom point of the pickguard.
     
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    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    after all that, nothing.......lol

    c'mon, help a brother out.
     
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    The answers have already been provided, you just need to choose your path. Double stick tape is where I would be at if the hair dryer didn't work.
     
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    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    but do I really need to pull the entire thing?...and if not, once stuck, how do I trim the excess tape to fit, without damaging a 2K guitar?
     
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    You can try to slip double sided tape (3m or stewmac) under the area and press it back down. Providing that there is no adhesive there to start with. Trim with a new exacto blade. Light touch is needed to only cut the tape.

    The other option is to take it to a qualified Gibson repair shop.
     
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    another option is to slide a sliver of hot glue under the loose tip of the pick guard. carefully heat up the area and when the glue appears soft, remove the heat and use a small weight to hold the tip of the pick guard down. Trim excess glue with an xacto knife after it cools off. be really careful you don't mar the finish with the heat though!

    i cut slivers of hot glue to slide under heat shrink tubing to adhere the tubing to the wires inside and to fill where tubing might be too big for the wires. works great.
     
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    I used to use this 3M double sided tape in a picture frame shop. It was thin, strong and acid free for preservation needs. If you can get it under there you could remove the excess with a light swipe with an exact nice and a strongish scrubbing motion. It comes backed so if I were to use it I would cut some strips, work them in, sticky side down, remove the backing and less down.

    I have no idea how these would react with any finishes though someone at 3m likely would.

    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company...ape-Acid-Free-908?N=5002385+3293241540&rt=rud
     

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