A little bit loose screw pickguard

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  1. Raphael256

    Raphael256 Strat-O-Master

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    Hey i have taken off pickguard a few times from my squier Standard strat to check electronic and stuff, i have notocied that one of the screws is loose. I have heard that people put part of toothpick to tighten it. Will it work or i need to use also some wood glue? Just wondering if it is necessary . Cheers
     
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    A little drop of wood glue in there never hurts. Keeps the bit of toothpick in there for next time. :)
     
  3. Raphael256

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    Okay mate, although i just have cut a little of toothpick and put inside of it. Feels tight now
     
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    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    For pick guard screws either way works equally well. :thumb:
     
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    I see you got the right answers. Used to do this all the time when refinishing antique furniture.

    Another good trick, this one for a stripped screw head, is to lay a flat rubberband over the head and seat the screwdriver on top of it. Prevents those nasty scratches when a screwdriver slips out of the head as well.
     
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    Paperback Rocker Intruder alert! Intruder alert! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Always turn the screw backwards before you start screwing it in.

    You will feel it drop in to the thread.

    If you do that, you won't strip out your threads.
     
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    Back at it with the screwdrivers huh?
     
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    Saw that comin'...
     
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  9. Raphael256

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    Ok glad i have removed PG, i did not
    U wot mate?
     
  10. Raphael256

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    I was forced to removed it a few times, there was a bump in the back of birdge pickup pickguard. You wont believe it, QC must have been in hurry, part of wire was inbetween Pickguard and body, not inside of the pickup route hole but over the body. I did put it inside back. Good to check things a few times. Wire is fine no damage pickups works fine. The pickguard did deform in that place a bit bit it goes to flat form again
     

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    You have the answer to your cosmetic question: wood glue and wooden toothpicks will work fine. Especially on something as low stress as a pick guard.
    In other news it’s highly unlikely that you intonation is correct. I know that some guitars need weird intonation adjustments, but that’s a really odd setup.
    There’s no way that’s right.