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

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  1. stephen3547

    stephen3547 Supporting Member

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    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

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    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.
  3. stephen3547

    stephen3547 Supporting Member

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    What sort of problems?
  4. garp

    garp

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    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.
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  6. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

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    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

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