Check out the new clear pickguard on my Gibson T-Bird

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jakelly, Feb 23, 2014.


  1. jakelly

    jakelly

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    Not 100% perfect since its handmade, but I really like the look. Used a scratch awl to trace around the original pickguard and cut it out with a Dremel tool and smoothed the edges a bit with sandpaper. Made out of a sheet of Lexan from the hardware store. Took about 2 hours.

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  2. BeeTL

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    Nice!

    I'm not a fan of pickguards, and it's nice to see there aren't a bunch of ugly routs or jig holes to prevent what you did.

    :)
     
  3. DerekW

    DerekW Supporting Member

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    Hmmm... Very cool. Not sure how I feel about it, but cool nonetheless.
    Wonder what a smoked plexiglass would look like?
     
  4. jakelly

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    I was going to go with black at first but thought clear would work because, as BeeTL noted, it looked good under there without extra routs and all. Smoked would've looked great I think.
     
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  6. High Camp

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    Very well done!
    Would it be possible to get the bird in the pickguard?
    (the lines of the drawing being a very subtle red or maybe black, or wait..white!)
    or am I getting crazy here? ;-)
     
  7. jakelly

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    I'm not crazy about the bird design on the pickguard but I'll have it back if the old guard goes back on.;)
     
  8. Grissle

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    Lookin good, would be cooler if it was lightly smoked.
     
  9. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    I've never understood the appeal of pickguards either, but like what you've done there - good job.
     
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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  11. jakelly

    jakelly

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    thank you thank you
     

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