10 Hole Pickguard Problems

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  1. Thastuff

    Thastuff Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello, I have an Indian Squier II Strat, and I've been thinking about putting a new pickguard on it. Problem is, these things came with 10 hole pickguards, the ones where the screw above the neck pup is behind the one beside the bridge.

    Where I'm going with this is that I need somewhere to order one at. It is an HSS guitar. But, please check before you just post where you got your last pickguard at, because I've checked a lot of websites and I haven't found a 10 hole one yet.

    I know there are Lonestar pickguards, but the screw beside the selector switch doesnt match up on those. And, of course, it's a 2 screw humbucker. I have thought about putting an 8 hole on there, but haven't seen any that are exact yet. I'm mostly doing this so I don't need to go to the local guitar shop, just don't want to deal with extra charges he'll throw in there.

    I know it's missing a screw and one is mismatched. Leave me alone. :p
     

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    Don't waste your time messing with non-standard stuff...

    1) Take the 10 screw pickguard and throw it in the trash
    2) Set a new Fender standard 11 screw pickguard in place
    3) Trim if necessary for neck pocket or trem clearance
    4) Mark the screw hole positions
    5) Lift off the new pickguard and set aside for now
    6) Fill any old screw holes that are too near, but not exactly matching a new screw hole
    Do this with a round toothpick and some white glue
    7) Drill the new screw holes
    8) Install the electronics and pickups into the new pickguard
    9) Install the new loaded pickguard
    10) String up the guitar and you are ready to rock and roll
     
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  4. Thastuff

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    I've thought about doing it that way. Thanks for those instructions.
     
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  6. Multitrak

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    I just joined this site to ask you a few questions,I know your post is 8 years old, I have what looks like the same guitar I'm in several Fender groups around and have never seen a 10 hole like mine till I saw yours today!.

    Mine is a serial # beginning with N0 apparently MIJ or another site says possibly USA .

    It's a Squire 2 Stratocaster HSS I bought new in approximately 1990- 92 , although the serial number checker says those dates, there is a sticker on the neck plate with worker's initials and 12/89 written on it.

    I saw on another forum from years ago a guy describing a similar year Squire 2 with a lower neck serial and also a sticker with hand written date like mine.

    The guitar has always played beautifully but some fool twisted the lower tone knob past it's maximum 10 position so it spins infinitely as I left it in living room with a crowd at a party while I left with gf, with electronics 30+ years old it's long overdue new pots, 5 way switch and jack as it was cracking badly with the bad pot (jack is ok) and now no sound coming out.

    I always liked the stock pickups and a guitar expert friend in the 90s set it up for me nicely, so when I open it up I'll post the pups and see what people advise as far as similar tone but newer pups unless the 30yr old ones are in some way as good or better than vintage compared to new ones.

    What did you end up doing with the pickguard or do you even have the guitar anymore ?
     

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    Thanks for the reply, those in your link do look exactly like mine, I'm just curious why it comes up as a MIJ in every search I do even on Fender's site.

    I see a commenter over on the Squire Talk page showing his with the serial blurred out, is there some reason not to post one's serial number ?