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New P Bass pickguard- doesnt fit

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sparky6string, Mar 8, 2013.


  1. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    IDK what I did wrong but I found the Mighty Mite pickguard on Ebay because it had the screw count I needed for my Squier but now that it's here I feel a J Bass pickguard would be a better fit. I have been carving and filing this thing for an hour and still no closer. What am I supposed to do here?
     
  2. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    Im gonna have to make new screw holes anyeway so there was no reason to find the one with similar screw holes.
     
  3. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Dec 21, 2012
    P and J guards are nothing alike. Many aftermarket guards are off just enough to make them a royal pain. I got one for my 2011 American Deluxe Jazz from WD. I have assembled, strung and set up basses in less time than I have in trying get the thing to fit right.
     
  4. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    The P and J guards being nothing alike is the very source of that joke. Well at least this is par for the course. Damn thing has me cursing under my breath while I try to get this right for my daughter.
     
  5. So what part of it doesn't fit? Is it the neck pocket, pickup route, or the overall shape of the guard?
     
  6. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    When I try to put it on at first the neck pocket wasn't deep enough, so I went at it with a utility knife and files, but then the pickups are off by about 1/4 inch, too much to fudge. I need to pre drill new holes and move the pickups now, then pre drill the new holes for the guard.
     
  7. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    You should get a pickguard that fits instead of moving the pickups and all that nonsense. What kind of bass is this going on?
     
  8. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    It's just a 2002 Squier P Bass, 20th Ann. but we love it. Is there a perfect fitting guard for this bass?
     
  9. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    I just googled Squier Precision Bass Pickguard and didn't come up with anything. I'll spend another $20 to get it right, I just gotta know it will be right.
     
  10. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    OK I wrangled it on. Not a perfect job but not too bad either. Whaddya think?

    P1030290.

    P1030292.
     
  11. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Dec 21, 2012
    Looks just fine. If it was me, I'd go with black screws. But the fit looks great. Good job!
     
  12. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    Thanks Joe, I appreciate it. We might try the black screws but I think she likes the chrome on black look. She likes the bass a lot, I just wish I could get her to practice more.

    One thing I did was strip out the screws holding the pickup in, so I'll have to find replacements for those. They sure wanted to give up the ghost it seemed.
     
  13. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
  14. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    Thanks Steveaux but that site has no 14 hole guards, and if it did I'm sure I'd run into the same fitting issues I did with the 14 hole guard I did find. In the end it worked out well, but my daughter and I were discussing whether or not to start making and selling 14 hole Squier-specific pick guards. There's a niche there to be filled.
     
  15. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Dec 21, 2012
    Break off a toothpick in the holes for the pickup screws and drop in a little wood glue. It will be good as new
     
  16. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string

    Jun 19, 2012
    Actually none of the previous holes can be seen nor did they cause issues for the new ones, so I don't need to fill the holes. What I did have to do was re-cut the neck slot, move the pickups away from the neck about 1/8 in or so, then route out the cavity some to fit the input jack since it didn't fit with the new guard. Took a couple of hours.
     

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