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A pick guard to show off more of the body, while obscuring the electronics

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Antigua, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Antigua

    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

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    I've almost loves the black Paisleys, but avoided the MIM makes because I suspected that they weren't made especially well in 2012. But then out of the blue Fender Japan made a Strat and Tele version this year, so I ordered one of both. The thing is, the stock black pick guard covers up a lot of the paisley, so I also ordered a couple clear pick guards, made mask for the control cavities, and air brushed it black to match the black edges.

    I'm not sure I love the look on the Strat in the long term, but I dig how the Tele came out. The Strat might look better if I ran with the full HSH pickup config that the body was routed to support. I might go back to solid black pick guard once I've had an eye full of the black paisley.

    It would be nice if the pick guard makers who sell their wares on eBay and Reverb made clear pick guards with the routes masked out to cover up the controls, so that a person could buy them ready-made, and try them out without the time investment it take to make them at home. I've seen them offer much crazier pick guards, and nobody even makes a standard stock paisley pick guard, if, god forbid, yours is scratched up good and you wish to replace it.


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    Good to see you back, hope you're doing alright. Both of those look great.
     
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    Deafsoundguy Strat-Talk Member

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    Nice job. Really like the different Tele look!
     
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    I agree, it works better on the Tele. But they both look great, I’d Stick with it.
     
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    Looking good
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    Very cool look, both.
     
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    Nice job. :thumb:
     
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    Love them both.
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow, it works! Really well.
     
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    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the look of both guitars, the Marshall half stack is great too.
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Great pic, congrats, very cool guitars

    For some reason I bet those guitars will get different pickups some point down the line- would you use the Donlis pickups again?
     
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    Those look great...especially the Strat!
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah the tele looks great , know what you mean about the strat though.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks good!


    In general, why do Teles continue to get the wire slot route in them? It works just as easy to drill with a linesman's/aircraft drill bit from the neck, through the neck pickup pocket, to the control cavity. Then the paisley is not interrupted there. Nor does your pick get caught in it when playing pickguard-less.

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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    I like ‘em both just as they are. I’ve often wondered about putting a clear guard on without the spray to cover the electronics. Mind you, I’d have to get my mate, an electronics engineer, to make the wiring and soldering look presentable!
     
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    You may want to consider what Fender did with the pink paisleys... just a little paint around the pickup cut-out. I always thought that worked well. Might work for you also.

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    ”show off more of the body, while obscuring the electronics”
    I thought sure this thread was about robot porn
     
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  18. Antigua

    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

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    They both have MojoTone Quiet Coils, I'm trying them out. The bridge humbucker is a Fleor brand pickup from amazon, half of a $30 set. The humbucker is really great, it's basically a JB imitation. The Quiet Coils sound fine, but their output seems to be rather low, so the volume difference between the H and the S S especially wide. By themselves, I bet they're great. I'm thinking the Strat would look better if it had a humbucker in the neck spot also, so I see a plan in the making.
     
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    Antigua Senior Stratmaster

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    I tried to do that with my air brush, but my skills aren't so good that I could get a smooth radius around the pickup opening, which is why I just mask it all off and have a straight edge. I live that look. Of course with those paisleys there's no wire route from the the neck pickup to the control cavity, either. I wonder if the wire route is just covered up by the paisley wall paper, or what...
     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    Not sure. I had one back in the late 80s but I never removed the guard
     
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