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making a custom pickguard - how to steps

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rodent, Sep 1, 2006.


  1. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    to date if a bass I was building needed a pickguard, it was always a P-bass, J-bass, or MM-bass type job ... until now. For a project I'm working I needed to create a custom pickguard, and here's what's gone down

    I first created a full-scale pattern with card stock so I could easily work out the styling details. Once my client and I were both satisfied, I created a wooden template from the card stock pattern.

    51TeleP_1E_PickguardDetailed.jpg

    and gave it a test fit

    51TeleP_1F_PickguardTemplateAndComt.jpg

    This template was then utilized to route a piece of .090" black matte vinyl making use of a 3/8" x 3/4" flush trim bit. Here's the results prior to finish sanding the edges and removing it from the template

    51Tele5P_K_PickguardFreshlyCut.jpg


    This is a relatively simple job to do once you have a good fitting template. The most difficult part was getting all of the curves to flow smoothly, and to get that '51 Tele P vibe in a custom guard.

    all the best,

    R
     
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  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Cool. Bevel?
     
  3. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    at the moment, the customer spec I have is for no chamfer

    easy enough to do if the pickguard is still on the template - just use a second chamfer bit with bottom bearing like this

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    on all of the edges that require the chamfer

    all the best,

    R
     
  4. Nice one sir. Would you have a digital copy of the pattern? thank you.
     
  5. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    '51 P bass pickguard outlines vary a lot, surprisingly. I had a Mike Dirnt P bass for a while and a template came back barely fitting the bass. It has to match at the neck and down at the control plate.
     
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