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Tips For Making Pickguards?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Matthew_84, Feb 19, 2013.


  1. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    Anyone have any tips on how to build your own pickguard?

    I just took a Dremel to a P Bass pickguard I had laying around and mangled it - no straight edges, different degree bevels, etc.

    Is there any other ways that are easier? i was thinking of maybe making one out of wood. Anything I can do to keep it from warping, like finish it with a spray on poly or something?
     
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I make a wooden template and cut them with a pattern bit. Then I use a 45 degree chamfer bit for the bevels. Its much easier to sand a wooden template until it is perfect, than it is to try and hand cut pick guard material and shape it afterwards.
     
  3. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    Thanks Hopkins, I see the chamfer bit for a Dremel, but couldn't find the pattern bit, but I'll sure I'll find something that will do.

    I'm looking for a plain white pickguard. Anyway, I could just use a 3/32" piece of wood veneer, spray it white, then spray it with poly? Or would using the plastic pickguard material be better. It just seems a bit more tedious going that route.
     
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I didnt realize you were using a dremel, I make mine with a router. I would think the wood veneer that thin would want to curl up on you. you would be much better off with actual pick guard material
     
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  6. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    Yeah, I'm think that too. I might as well just make it right then. Thanks for your help
     

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