86-87 MIJ pickguards

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by NorthernBC, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. NorthernBC

    NorthernBC New Member!

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to rebuild the guts my 86-87 MIJ strat, and looking to order a new tortoise pickguard. I don't live anywhere near a guitar shop, so I have to order online, and the options are all over the place.

    It's an 8 hole pattern. I'm OK paying the extra for a genuine fender guard, but wondering what to order? Are all 8 hole strat guards the same? Will the American vintage 8 hole pattern fit?

    https://shop.fender.com/en/intl/par...e-stratocaster-sss-pickguards/0991346000.html

    I really don't want to order and wait, only to find out it doesn't fit. Any help appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. NorthernBC

    NorthernBC New Member!

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    After some research, looks like the American 57 pickguard won't work, in case anyone else is wondering (looks like the neck is more squared off on the 57....) I did find this site with MIJ 8 hole pickguards from teh 80s... http://www.pickguardplanet.com/strats-fender-japan-models/

    Still hoping anyone else has options or ideas? Thanks,
     
  3. J4ME5

    J4ME5 Strat-Talker

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    Welcome!

    Have you seen this one? https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts...e-stratocaster-sss-pickguards/0991349000.html

    I would have assumed it fits? But I really couldn't say for sure – what leads you to believe it might not? I am not doubting you of course! I am just curious... I am TOTALLY open to correction, but I am not sure the neck being more squared off should make a difference? I must stress though – i am only speculating, as I don't know the answer.

    Hopefully somebody who does though, will be along soon :) !
     
  4. bikehomero

    bikehomero Strat-Talker

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    Have a dated later 1993 54 MIJ and used different pickguards within the time. Never noticed I would need something special and bougt regular stuff. I think it fits well with maybe a little wave at the autside of the bridge pickup position. The wave is at the position of the dunlop pic.



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