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Pickguard for 1985 MIJ Squier P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hozay, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Hozay


    Oct 3, 2012

    I recently purchased a 1985 "A" series Japanese Squier P-Bass in near-mint condition. What a fabulous guitar! It's finished in sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard.

    One of the previous owners installed a tortoise shell pickguard which I'm interested in replacing with whatever was there originally, so three questions:

    -- I'm pretty sure this model came with a 3-ply, white-black-white pickguard. Can you confirm that?

    -- Can you recommend a good source for the replacement?

    -- Am I correct that the potentiometers and mounting holes on the MIJ guitars were all metric sized?


  2. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    I suggest going to the Fender site's official forum and asking this.
  3. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Atlanta, Georgia
    80s Squiers are hard to find pickguards for - you'll probably have to get one made. I recently went through the same thing with my P bass, and I couldn't find a direct replacement. WD Music and Pickguardian can make you one, but they aren't cheap.
  4. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    I have an 83 MIJ SQ P bass and 3 different real Fender pickguards, and all fit perfectly with no extra holes.

    My original guard is 3 ply W/B/W.

  5. Hozay


    Oct 3, 2012
    That's great news, wraub. Seems like I could try one with little risk.
  6. steelbed45

    steelbed45 TRemington Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX
  7. Hozay


    Oct 3, 2012
  8. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    I have owned 4 1984-1985 Squier P-basses and Warmoth and Fender pickguards have all fit perfectly. The Squier you have came with a w/b/w guard like you suspected. I suggest looking into a parchment color guard as they are just a slightly creamy white coulor. Not as stark as the pure white ones. Congratulations on the bass. The SQ and A series basses are fantastic...way underrated.
  9. Hozay


    Oct 3, 2012
    Thanks a lot, John! Also for the links to your band. I only had a short time to listen so far but I'll definitely be back. Great stuff.

  10. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Yes, the original guard is a very stark white, I'd also suggest a parchment or mint alternative.

    Sunburst/RW on yours?
    I'd also suggest perhaps black, ano gold, or the ever popular tort. I have white, gold, and black, and will get a tort guard next. All basses covered, so to speak.

    And yes, the JV Squiers get most of the press, but I have yet to be dissapointed by anything with an SQ, E, or A serial.
    Sounds like you may have a keeper!

  11. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I used to have one. Mine had a white pickguard. Personally, I think tort looks much better than the white on a 3TS. Pretty good bass though!

  12. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000

    You're welcome, and thanks.

  13. Airskank


    Jun 17, 2011
  14. Hozay


    Oct 3, 2012
    This was my first time posting a new thread on TB so I didn't know what to expect. Now I do. You guys are a truly generous bunch and your comments were all helpful.

    After all that, I've decided to stick with the tortoise shell pickguard that came with the bass. If I should ever get the itch to swap it back to the original white, I now know that it won't be difficult to find the replacement.

    Thanks to all!

  15. coryt

    coryt Supporting Member

    May 16, 2009
    Anyone know what replacement pickguards will fit a JV pbass? I'm thinking of ordering a fender 62 reissue one, but thought I'd ask here first.
  16. RS66LB


    Dec 29, 2012
    Yeah, I have an 85' that actually sounds and plays better then any of the standard Fender P-basses -an excellent instrument
  17. I have an E-series J and a Wal-owning friend has "borrowed" my Jazz for 2 years! This speaks volumes for the early MIJ Squiers.