Pickguard installation tips

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  1. weirdotis

    weirdotis Senior Member

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    Does anyone have any tips for actually installing a pickguard properly? As far as proper screw placement?

    Thanks guys, I'm planning a series of mods on my guitar to keep me entertained over the summer, and I think this is a good place to start.
     
  2. djwilbanks

    djwilbanks V.I.P. Member

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    Tips for installing pickguard: Don't. :rofl:
     
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  3. axepilot

    axepilot Senior Member

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    Put one on my Gem not to long ago.......

    Make sure the pickguard fits - no big gaps around the pickups or against the neck.

    Leave the mount bracket just a bit loose when you're locating the screw position

    Mark the holes carefully

    Predrill the holes - that will keep you from cracking the clear coat and the screws will go in easier

    Once you get over the fact that you're drilling holes in a Les Paul, it's easy. :laugh2:
     
  4. weirdotis

    weirdotis Senior Member

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    Should the mounting bracket be flush against the body?

    I don't mind drilling holes in my nice guitar, since there's always Bondo! :laugh2:
     
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    weirdotis Senior Member

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    No. :laugh2:
     
  6. Xavier_32

    Xavier_32 Senior Member

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    It's pretty hard to mess up. Basically, line up the pickguard so the pickup rings sit flush against the slots for them in the pickguard, then shove the screw for the top of the guitar into the wood. When you line up the bracket, try and get the screw right where the binding meets the body.

    Your pickguard should be at an angle, with the left most edge (on a right handed guitar) touching the bottom of the pickguard rings near the body, and the outer edge floating off the body. Of course, you could do what I did and gently bend the bracket to change the angle. I have my pickguard flush with the tops of the pickup rings. :cool:
     
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    SludgeBurns Senior Member

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    Make sure the screw that holds the mount underneath the pickguard doesn't bump or press against the body.

    Other than that, I agree with dj
     
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    axepilot Senior Member

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    No. It should be angled a bit.
     
  9. weirdotis

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    Er, my bad. I meant, sound the part of the bracket that holds the screw to the side of the guitar be flush? If you see what I mean.
     
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    weirdotis Senior Member

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    Cool... Thanks for the info!
    If I was to pre drill the holes, what size drill bit should I use?
     
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    axepilot Senior Member

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    You really don't want to just shove a screw into the wood. Predrill the hole with a very small bit:

    -It will get the screw started right where you want it...the screw won't be sliding over the clear coat and possibly going in at a bad angle

    -You won't crack the clear coat

    -The screw goes in easily
     
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    axepilot Senior Member

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    About half the diameter of the screw.
     
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    axepilot Senior Member

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    The side mount bracket should be mounted flush to body when it's screwed in. The screw and nut on the pickguard should be tightened once both screws are secure.
     
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    Good point. I checked this before I marked the mounting holes.
     
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    cgm Senior Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBTmQu4xPqw]How to put a pick guard on a Les Paul - YouTube[/ame]

    I am putting this video here so I can find it if i decide to put a pickguard on my LP Fireburst Studio... Not that this looks all that difficult to do, I just need to bring up my nerve to drill into my guitar if I decide that I want a pickguard. My old epi had a one, and I really liked using it as a finger rest. I have been playing this for a month or two, I think it is time to install one into this:
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    Does anyone have an extra cream pickguard sitting around collecting dust? If so, let me know how much for it shipped to 01830.
     

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