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  • Whats the deal with pickguards holes not lining up?

    What I dont understand about replacing pickguards is a very simple question.

    Why do people not really worry about if the holes line up or not? Personally I am about to change my pick guard on my am std tele and I would not put one on if the holes did not line up.

    I guess if the holes do not line up you just drill another hole in the body for where the hole in the pickguard is and not drill another hole in the pick guard to line up with the whole that is already in the body. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Personally for the sake of keeping the guitar with as little holes as possible I would probably drill a new hole in the pickguard to save drilling a hole in the body.

    I mean it seems to me this is not a big deal to people when it happen. It would be a big deal to me because it seems to me the holes could be standardized on the fenders to all be the same. I understand if it was another off brand and they didnt line up then it would be different.

    let me know what yall think about this!
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  • #2
    If the holes didnt match up, I'll just put a new hole in the body. The new pickguard would cover it up anyway.

    I have a MIM Fender Strat with an aftermarket tortoise HH 'guard on it, lucky for me the holes lined up perfectly. If they didn't, I woulda just put new holes in the body, no one would ever know.

    I had a MIA a while back, same deal- I put an black pearloid 'guard on it and the holes lined up perfectly as well. Again- if they didnt I would of put new holes in the body for the 'guard to fit.
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    • #3
      WD has an option where you can buy their pickguards without any mounting holes.
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      • #4
        If it's a cheapie like my Squier, i dont' care about the body, i'd rather drill holes in teh body than ruin the guard.

        Now if it's a $1000 guitar, I'm not drilling any holes, i'm ordering a part that fits without any modification at all.
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        • #5

          Personally for the sake of keeping the guitar with as little holes as possible I would probably drill a new hole in the pickguard to save drilling a hole in the body.


          You would drill another hole in the pickguard to line up with the original hole? Ha! I hope you have x-ray eyes, superman. Plus, that would look just great. What would you do with the original hole and what if they are all off a half-hole off like they usually are? It's going to look like a middle school shop project run amok by the time it's done.

          If you are trying to protect a guitar's originality, why change the pickguard in the first place? Put it away, don't play it and don't mod it if you are collecting it.

          An extra hole under the pickguard isn't going to change the value of a guitar unless it is a rare historic or collectible.
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          • #6


            I had a MIA a while back, same deal- I put an black pearloid 'guard on it and the holes lined up perfectly as well. Again- if they didnt I would of put new holes in the body for the 'guard to fit.


            Yea but you would know.

            In my situation I am the only one that I care about how the guitar looks to me. **************** other people!
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            • #7
              WD has an option where you can buy their pickguards without any mounting holes.


              thats the way to go right there!
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              • #8
                If it's a cheapie like my Squier, i dont' care about the body, i'd rather drill holes in teh body than ruin the guard.

                Now if it's a $1000 guitar, I'm not drilling any holes, i'm ordering a part that fits without any modification at all.


                exactly!
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                • #9
                  Why do people not really worry about if the holes line up or not?

                  let me know what yall think about this!


                  they have guitars that they like, and don't want to see the resale value plummet.

                  i saw a guy on ebay lose 800-1000 on a sl2ht in chlorine blue because he'd wanted new tuners, and drilled new holes for them into the headstock - STUPID!

                  it's like peppering a rear bumper on a mercedes benz with campaign stickers - STUPID!
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                  • #10
                    You would drill another hole in the pickguard to line up with the original hole? Ha! I hope you have x-ray eyes, superman. Plus, that would look just great. What would you do with the original hole and what if they are all off a half-hole off like they usually are? It's going to look like a middle school shop project run amok by the time it's done.

                    If you are trying to protect a guitar's originality, why change the pickguard in the first place? Put it away, don't play it and don't mod it if you are collecting it.

                    An extra hole under the pickguard isn't going to change the value of a guitar unless it is a rare historic or collectible.


                    Your apparently just want to argue so im just going to agree with you and nod my head so you might just keep on walking by.

                    have a good day...superman.

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                    -My EMG 81/85 Install Thread-
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                    • #11
                      they have guitars that they like, and don't want to see the resale value plummet.

                      i saw a guy on ebay lose 800-1000 on a sl2ht in chlorine blue because he'd wanted new tuners, and drilled new holes for them into the headstock - STUPID!

                      it's like peppering a rear bumper on a mercedes benz with campaign stickers - STUPID!


                      I agree. I hate havingextra holes. It is just ugly!
                      Mesa Boogie 4x12 with Vintage 30's
                      Mesa Boogie Mark IV
                      Marshall MG50DFX

                      Fender Tele in Blizzard Pearl(Best Gift Ever!)
                      Gibson LP Custom
                      Gibson Explorer
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                      Ibanez S's thru RG's
                      Dean Vendetta(cheapo but great)

                      _________________________________
                      -My New Fender Tele that my wife gave to me for Christmas!!!
                      -My EMG 81/85 Install Thread-
                      -Pedals For Sale! Pedals For Sale! Get Your Pedals Here!-

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                      • #12
                        You would drill another hole in the pickguard to line up with the original hole? Ha! I hope you have x-ray eyes, superman. Plus, that would look just great. What would you do with the original hole and what if they are all off a half-hole off like they usually are? It's going to look like a middle school shop project run amok by the time it's done.

                        If you are trying to protect a guitar's originality, why change the pickguard in the first place? Put it away, don't play it and don't mod it if you are collecting it.

                        An extra hole under the pickguard isn't going to change the value of a guitar unless it is a rare historic or collectible.


                        You could use the original pickguard as a template for the holes. Sometimes if the hole is only a little off you could cause problems drilling next to an exsiting hole.

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                        • #13
                          The old pickguard or a paperboard template to get it right the first time on a nice/expensive guitar.

                          I've opted to fill old holes with quality white birch (toothpicks) and Elmer's glue and then drill new holes...this approach works for the pesky 1/2 hole off problems stated above.

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                          • #14


                            let me know what yall think about this!


                            i think its a good thing that this crappy thread is on the tail end of '08 and not the beginning of '09.

                            i have big hopes and dreams for '09.

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                            • #15
                              Well, if it would really bother you to know there are one or two extra 1/6th inch holes under a pickguard designed to cover up extra holes, then don't do it. Lots of $100 Squiers don't have any extra holes.

                              But a lot of $50,000 50s and 60s Strats have extra holes under those pickguards and that sure wouldn't sway me away from drooling over them.
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