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Custom Pickguard Image?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by AlmightyPancake, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. I want to get a custom pickguard done up for my jazz bass that features an image a friend of mine has drawn. It's quite simple, I want it to be white ink on a black pickguard.

    What's the best way for me to do this? Are there companies that make custom pickguards? Can I just have her paint straight onto an existing pickguard, or somehow protect the paint from scratching?
  2. what about taking your friend's drawing to a sign shop, and see if they can make a vinyl cutout of the design that you can apply to your pickguard?
  3. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    You can get a screen printing machine. They run about $150 to $200 for a small home model, and you can ten use it for other various random projects as well.
  4. DBCrocky


    Oct 18, 2011
    Cary, NC
  5. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Get a BWB pick guard and carve through the top layer of black to expose the white layer beneath.

    I do things like this by hand in furniture making, but a trophy shop or someone with a CNC router could do the job for you.
  6. xepher2792


    Oct 7, 2011
    Ventura CA
    You could also get a clear pickguard and put the image underneath it.
  7. rockerjeff


    Apr 25, 2009
    General Manager, Halo Custom Guitars, Inc.
    Another option is to find a competent airbrush artist to paint it on there for you. That's what I do. To protect it from scratches, a clear coat is sprayed over the design, kind of like this:
  8. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned

    I'd say clear 'guard with the picture on the backside. On the top of the pickguard will just get worn out.

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