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Pickguard for 1985 MIJ Squier P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hozay, Oct 22, 2012.


  1. Hozay

    Hozay

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    Hola,

    I recently purchased a 1985 "A" series Japanese Squier P-Bass in near-mint condition. What a fabulous guitar! It's finished in sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard.

    One of the previous owners installed a tortoise shell pickguard which I'm interested in replacing with whatever was there originally, so three questions:

    -- I'm pretty sure this model came with a 3-ply, white-black-white pickguard. Can you confirm that?

    -- Can you recommend a good source for the replacement?

    -- Am I correct that the potentiometers and mounting holes on the MIJ guitars were all metric sized?

    Thanks,

    Hozay
     
  2. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

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    I suggest going to the Fender site's official forum and asking this.
     
  3. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

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    80s Squiers are hard to find pickguards for - you'll probably have to get one made. I recently went through the same thing with my P bass, and I couldn't find a direct replacement. WD Music and Pickguardian can make you one, but they aren't cheap.
     
  4. wraub

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    I'll have an IPA, please.
    I have an 83 MIJ SQ P bass and 3 different real Fender pickguards, and all fit perfectly with no extra holes.

    My original guard is 3 ply W/B/W.

    wraub
     
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  6. Hozay

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    That's great news, wraub. Seems like I could try one with little risk.
     
  7. steelbed45

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  8. Hozay

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  9. Datsgor

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    I have owned 4 1984-1985 Squier P-basses and Warmoth and Fender pickguards have all fit perfectly. The Squier you have came with a w/b/w guard like you suspected. I suggest looking into a parchment color guard as they are just a slightly creamy white coulor. Not as stark as the pure white ones. Congratulations on the bass. The SQ and A series basses are fantastic...way underrated.
     
  10. Hozay

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    Thanks a lot, John! Also for the links to your band. I only had a short time to listen so far but I'll definitely be back. Great stuff.

    Hozay
     
  11. wraub

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    I'll have an IPA, please.
    Yes, the original guard is a very stark white, I'd also suggest a parchment or mint alternative.

    Sunburst/RW on yours?
    I'd also suggest perhaps black, ano gold, or the ever popular tort. I have white, gold, and black, and will get a tort guard next. All basses covered, so to speak.

    And yes, the JV Squiers get most of the press, but I have yet to be dissapointed by anything with an SQ, E, or A serial.
    Sounds like you may have a keeper!

    wraub
     
  12. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

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    I used to have one. Mine had a white pickguard. Personally, I think tort looks much better than the white on a 3TS. Pretty good bass though!

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Datsgor

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    You're welcome, and thanks.


    John
     
  14. Airskank

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  15. Hozay

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    This was my first time posting a new thread on TB so I didn't know what to expect. Now I do. You guys are a truly generous bunch and your comments were all helpful.

    After all that, I've decided to stick with the tortoise shell pickguard that came with the bass. If I should ever get the itch to swap it back to the original white, I now know that it won't be difficult to find the replacement.

    Thanks to all!

    Hozay
     
  16. coryt

    coryt Supporting Member

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    Anyone know what replacement pickguards will fit a JV pbass? I'm thinking of ordering a fender 62 reissue one, but thought I'd ask here first.
     
  17. RS66LB

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    Yeah, I have an 85' that actually sounds and plays better then any of the standard Fender P-basses -an excellent instrument
     
  18. Davo-London

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    I have an E-series J and a Wal-owning friend has "borrowed" my Jazz for 2 years! This speaks volumes for the early MIJ Squiers.

    Davo
     

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