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Custom pickguard

Post by Jake »

Anyone know someone (preferably in Wellington) who can make a custom pickguard?
Here's the dealio: I have a Kasuga Thinline Tele (based off the 72 Fender Thinline Tele) on which a previous owner has changed the pickguard on to something weird...
I bought a replacement pickguard online but nothing lined up (screw holes, neck, pickups etc.)
However, if I remove the existing pickguard you can clearly see the fade line from the original one. I'm thinking it should be possible to trace it with baking paper or similar, as well as the screw holes and pickups.
Issue is, pickguard blanks are expensive and I'm pretty sure I'll screw it up or do a below average job if I attempt it myself, especially with the pickup and switch routing.
Any thoughts?

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Re: Custom pickguard

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I can totally slam dunk this - Rob Matthews Guitar Repair. Got him to do a custom pickguard for my old sg to convert it from humbuckers to P90’s, which is a bitch of a job pickguard-wise. Absolutely nailed it.

Got his permission to pop his number up - get in contact, he’ll knock it out of the park - 0273075141
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Aaaaaand

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Re: Custom pickguard

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Legend! I'll get in touch with him, cheers

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Rob will take the upmost care with any work you send him.
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Single coil wrote:Aaaaaand

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not quite
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This would be such a cool wee business to run alongside a day job. Just specialise in custom pickguards. Make to order. Get your aging techniques down an' all that malarkey.

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Molly wrote:This would be such a cool wee business to run alongside a day job. Just specialise in custom pickguards. Make to order. Get your aging techniques down an' all that malarkey.

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If you can get the costs under control. I looked a a custom pickguard for one of my SE's. Chandler in the US could do it but landed price was over $200. :roll:

Makita trim router with angled base and correct bits: Say $500
Plus the time to make all the jig variations you'd commonly use.
And the guesswork involved in choosing the plastic stock people will actually want.
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Re: Custom pickguard

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Slowy wrote:
Molly wrote:This would be such a cool wee business to run alongside a day job. Just specialise in custom pickguards. Make to order. Get your aging techniques down an' all that malarkey.

Thinks....
If you can get the costs under control. I looked a a custom pickguard for one of my SE's. Chandler in the US could do it but landed price was over $200. :roll:

Makita trim router with angled base and correct bits: Say $500
Plus the time to make all the jig variations you'd commonly use.
And the guesswork involved in choosing the plastic stock people will actually want.
Laser cutter an' that kinda stuff. ;-)

I don't know... I'm making this up as I go along.

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Re: Custom pickguard

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Molly wrote:
Slowy wrote:
Molly wrote:This would be such a cool wee business to run alongside a day job. Just specialise in custom pickguards. Make to order. Get your aging techniques down an' all that malarkey.

Thinks....
If you can get the costs under control. I looked a a custom pickguard for one of my SE's. Chandler in the US could do it but landed price was over $200. :roll:

Makita trim router with angled base and correct bits: Say $500
Plus the time to make all the jig variations you'd commonly use.
And the guesswork involved in choosing the plastic stock people will actually want.
Laser cutter an' that kinda stuff. ;-)

I don't know... I'm making this up as I go along.
I know a design student who offered to lasercut me one, I'm just not handy enough with CAD software to make it! Probably would be the easiest way though

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I had Mal at Weta make me a custom pick guard with a matching armrest for my old Epiphone Sheraton and he did a great job. (Only difficulty is he’s never open when I can get to him). I’ve also had Rob Matthews work on my Les Paul and he did great work (albeit cutting a pick guard wasn’t part of it).

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Re: Custom pickguard

Post by kwhelan »


found this nugget , good info about laser cutters could be useful to some

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Re: Custom pickguard

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Not opening that at work, but based on the thumb nail, is that video really about laser cutting?

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Re: Custom pickguard

Post by codedog »

Yeah... that thumbnail got me weird looks at work...

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Re: Custom pickguard

Post by Conway »

I didn't notice any laser cutting in that video.

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