Pickguards for Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Basje, Dec 21, 2013.


  1. Basje

    Basje

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    Hi,
    I have a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass. Great bass, but I want to change the pickguard. But I don't know which one would fit my bass. Any suggestions?
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Just about any Fender pick guard will fit if you change the control plate. They have a different shape where it butts up against the pick guard and is the reason aftermarket pick guards wont fit.
  3. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    Go to www.guitarpartsonline.com. they have many pickguards that will fit your Squier VM Jazz. All you need to do is whittle down the area where it meets the control plate a little bit. I've done it. Takes 5 minutes. The screw holes line up perfectly.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Or you can buy a $10 control plate, and not have to "whittle down" the pick guard at all.
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  6. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    I've whittled. Ain't no thang. Ten bucks saved is ten bucks earned.

    Dremel actually.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Its also easy to screw up a pick guard if you cut it too deep.
  8. RBS_Johnson

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    ^I have to agree there. I don`t trust myself enough that I would be worried about buying two pick guards. I would just get the $10 control plate and never have to worry about filing a pick guard down again(because I would want to change it again in three months probably :D).

    -Jake
  9. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Wow. Mmk
  10. RBS_Johnson

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    I could do it once, but I can see myself changing the pick guard several times while I would own the bass, making it easier for me to buy the plate. You are likely steadier than I am at trimming plastic though(and the dremel is huge help - bordering on cheating :p).
  11. Goot182

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    This is the closest thread I could find. Does a Fender control plate fit on a Squier VM 70's jazz bass? ANy help is much appreciated.
  12. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Yes, the bolt pattern is exactly the same. The difference is the part that butts up against the pick guard on the Squier comes to a point, where the Fender one is rounded. Which is why I suggested getting a new control plate when changing the pick guard.
  13. J Sudjian

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    I'm going to be doing this as well. That guitarpartsonline.com looks like they have a lot of choices. What ever happened in the end?
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  14. t77mackie

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    I hate pick guards - especially on basses - to me they're like tank tracks on an airplane. Unfortunately the VMJB has some big routes in it and kinda needs a guard.

    I'm a model maker and have a bunch of sheet styrene laying around. So when I'm bored I'll create a new P/G for me axe.

    That^ was P/G v1.0. I've since changed it to something a little more radical. I'll try to upload a pic of that one tomorrow.
  15. bswag

    bswag Not a Real Bass Player Supporting Member

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    I had the Squire fretless Jazz, and a Stew-Mac tortoiseshell pickguard fit it fine, but only because I moved the control plate down a bit towards the body edge. On the Squire 70's Jazz I had, I screwed up another SM p/g trying to trim it- had problems with the control plate, the pickups (the p/g holes were just too small to allow adjustment of both p/ups), and the neck pocket. Despite patient and deliberate work, I f'd it up anyway. Oops. So be careful if you reach for the Dremel.
  16. Spitfire7

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    I might be of some service to you. I make my own tortoise shell material and pickguards. My guards fit the AVRI62, Road Worn, and MIMs. If you're interested I can send you a tracing for you to cut out. I try to make the most accurate vintage tort around. Here are just a few examples.

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