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Where can I obtain a replacement pickguard that will fit my ESP LTD Vintage 214?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stephen3547, Mar 23, 2014.


  1. Would the warmoth ones fit? I'm having trouble finding one for 21-fret P basses that aren't the American deluxe model
     
  2. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    If you’ve still got the original guard, your best bet is to have a replacement custom-made by sending the original to a qualified vendor, which will be returned to you along with the new pickguard. If not created with extreme precision, tracings can potentially lead to problems. Don’t ask me how I know this.
     
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  4. What sort of problems?
     
  5. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    The accuracy of any tracing is contingent upon the tools and skill used to make that tracing. For example, a pencil that’s not sufficiently sharpened will lead to slight contour and screw-hole position variances from the original guard. Providing the vendor with the original pickguard — when it’s available — takes that onus off of the customer and shifts it to the vendor. The cost for custom work is rarely refundable.
     
  6. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    The ESP LTD Vintage has an overhanging fretboard (like Warmoth 21 fret necks), so it seems that a standard Precision pick guard would work ok.

    I recently won an Ash ESP LTD Vintage 214 bass on Ebay to use as an inexpensive back up.

    I just had a Dimarzio Area P+J pickup set installed (great improvement for vintage tone).

    The LTD P pickup was a little longer than the Dimarzio P and this required a slight re-drill of the 4 pickup mounting holes to center the P pickup.

    The Area J bridge pickup required no modifications or re-drill.

    No pick guard mod was needed, but there is a slight gap on the ends of the P Pickup sections.

    I see various Fender & aftermarket Precision pick guards for sale that seem to have the same mounting hole design as the one that came on my LTD Vintage.
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2014
  7. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Just wanted to bump this thread real quick. I got a Vintage 214 bass thinking I'd be able to easily replace the pickguard for another stock factory color from ESP direct (white for black). ESP will not sell me just the pickguard unfortunately. I can trace and get a custom one made, but looking to save some cash if I can. Does anyone know if a standard P pickguard will fit if I get a 13 hole design? My concern is the overhanging neck on the ESP adding the 21st fret.

    Thanks.
     
  8. bholder

    bholder Peripheral Visionary Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Send the existing pickguard to Tony at Pickguardian and wait a week or so. Easy.
     
  9. bholder

    bholder Peripheral Visionary Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    If you're looking to save money, go get a half sheet of whatever you like and cut it yourself. May not look as nice, but that's the tradeoff.
     
  10. johnbegone

    johnbegone Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Reached out to Tony, he was super fast to respond. With round trip shipping, I'm looking at $60+ for this cheap bass that is going to stay in it's case almost always (backup). I'm going to try and rattle can it black with the Krylon Fusion for Plastic first. If that's a total fail I'll send it out to get copied. Thanks for the suggestion, he certainly has the shortest lead time which is great.
     



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