I made my own Pick guards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Z -Bar, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Z -Bar

    Z -Bar

    Sep 9, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I made a pick guard a few years ago for my Epiphone T-Bird. It's Vintage Pearl with vinyl graphics and I added an upper body section and a truss rod cover with new larger Epiphone logo and added matching knobs.


    I made this pick guard for my all Black Jackson CMG that I had covered with stickers. I removed the stickers and made a 50's style pick guard in White Pearl. I also replaced the plastic control cavity cover with pick guard material and replaced 3 knobs with larger Chrome ones.


    Here they are together.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014
  2. Jazzcat


    Jan 20, 2009
    Titusville, FL
    Been too busy lately, but in the past I made a PG and TRC for a Fury when I epoxied the neck. Good times.

  3. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    NICE, what year is the Fury?

    I have a 1987 Fury, white/rw board and a tort Chandler guard...love this bass.

    Anyhow, very nice work folks on the pickguards & the TRC cover in tort!
  4. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Beautiful work!

    Where did you source your pg material?

    I am seriously thinking about an anodized gold or copper guard for my 72 Fender Musicmaster, since the plastic ones are not good with the input jack on the pg itself.

    Maybe some other material.....but I am designing my own pg shape as I think the original shape is boring and plain in shape.

    Great work
  5. Z -Bar

    Z -Bar

    Sep 9, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Thanks, I get all my PG material from Warmoth. I made my own because I thought the original on the Epi was kinda boring too. An all Black Jackson seemed a little to "metal" for what I'm doing theses days so I was hoping to give a little retro vibe.

    I traced my guitar shape onto heavy brown craft paper and then drew the shape I wanted, easy enough. I cut mine out with a scroll saw and finished them with a Dremal and small hand files. No big deal. What was actually hard for me was knowing that one little slip and the whole thing could be ruined. Once it was done I was like Yes!
  6. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    That Jackson looks pretty stellar (and I actually liked the stickered look.)
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  7. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    That T-Bird looks all sorts of pretty. I love the graphics and truss cover!

    And FYI...I'd rock that in a metal band! :D
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  8. image.jpg For your enjoyment:
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  9. Never in my wildest dreams, would I run across a Jackson Cow Poke.:bassist: You sick, twisted thing, you. Chuck Schuldiner is rolling over in his grave now.
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  10. Very cool, I will be making one for my parts bass in due course.
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest

    That truss rod cover is a subtle beautiful touch
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  12. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    what do you guys use to cut the material and make the cuts look smooth?
  13. Z -Bar

    Z -Bar

    Sep 9, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I liked the stickers too. I've had them on there for years but they were getting grungy and the edges were coming loose.
  14. Z -Bar

    Z -Bar

    Sep 9, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I used a scroll saw and a Dremel tool with a sanding tip and small hand files.
  15. Lethgar

    Lethgar Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    NW Indiana
    That Jackson is STUNNING!! Great work!!
  16. Jazzcat


    Jan 20, 2009
    Titusville, FL
    Scroll saw for cutting. Bench grinder for smoothing and beveling. I also used small hand files in a couple places. The smoothing/beveling is eye-hand work.
  17. Dennis Hamblin

    Dennis Hamblin

    Dec 23, 2014
    Very nice work.
  18. JIO

    JIO Be seeing you. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    wish you could buy a string tree like that - I've seen the bar type but not exactly like this one. Cool bass :cool:
  19. Dec1975


    Aug 30, 2006
    Cedar Park, TX
    I love everything about that bass! Guess I'll start browsing craigslist for a Fury.
  20. dasbusking

    dasbusking Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    Hillbilly hell Ohio
    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Made this custom P Bass Jr. pick guard for my daughter a few months ago, I'm still coughing up MDF dust from making the router template. Got the material from eBay. Dana insists a P bass only sounds good with purple pearl and flats...lol
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