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Silvertone 1490 Pickguard Replacement

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kiwi_Rik, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Kiwi_Rik


    Sep 4, 2013
    I recently bought an old 1490 that had a home-made pickguard and old stereo knobs on it, so I decided to make a new pickguard for it.


    The headstock was missing the badge, but it looked like it was badged as a 'Diplomat'. I didn't think there was any chance of finding one of those badges, so I decided to go with the Silvertone brand which was the Sears version. I created a new logo in Illustrator and printed a waterslide decal, stripped the headstock, applied the decal and clear-coated over the top.


    Next step was to re-create the pickguards. I took a scan off the home made one (which seemed to be directly copied from the original) but the small horn guard was missing, so I had to create that based on photos from the net. I created a template in Illustrator and had a local company laser cut the Torti sheet. Then I just had to bevel the edges (which was a huge learning curve) but I think the end result is ok. Finally, I found a set of knobs from a local electronics store which is as close as I will get to the originals. I added the 'V' 'V' and 'T' using waterslide decals again.


    If anyone is interested in the Illustrator template for the pickguards, I am happy to supply it.
  2. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
  3. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    Your 1490 looks great! I'm trying to repair/restore one from 1971. Can you share the pick guard templates? How did you bevel the plastic?
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Amazing! Nice job!
  5. Silvertone1490


    Jul 27, 2015
    Fantastic! I have a 1490 with a broken pickguard. Can you make one for me?
    Payment trough PayPal!