wooden pickguard- assembly question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MO Bassman, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. MO Bassman

    MO Bassman

    Oct 8, 2012
    I started to glue two book matched pieces of mahogany approx .125 inches thick to make a pick guard. Then I later found a web site that sells wood pick guards that are laminated using multiple layers of verneers. Is there a reason why thin verneers are used versus my approach of glueing two pieces together? or better yet what advatages/ disadvantages to either for these approaches.
  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Stability, etc. But in your case, that's pretty thick so it might be stable enough as it is...
  3. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    I made one about that thick out of wenge, and it worked out fine.
  4. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Laminated veneer is a more foolproof joint. .125" isn't very much bonding area. I would use a liberal amount of masking tape on both sides of the blank until you've completed cutting it.
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I've been experimenting w pg's I found that the best fit/strongest is to fuse them w boat epoxy. A veneer by itself is usually too thin, too weak, & to get it strong enough you need a 2 or 3mm veneer (too thick). good luck. show us the outcome.
    pgphoto013013 by CXK, on Flickr
  6. wow these look amazing!
  7. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Thanks mang. Damn they have internets on saturn how about that.
  8. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Nice pickguards! If I had a bass that took a pg, I would definitely buy one of those.