Repair hack for stripped pickguard screw holes?

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  1. Retroe

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    A few of the screw holes that hold the pickguard down will not tighten down on a used body I bought for a build project. Seller made no mention of it and it appears they're stripped out. Is there an easy fix for this?
     
  2. arct

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    Toothpicks and wood glue, let it dry, snip the toothpick down flush.

    rct
     
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    Drill it out, glue in an appropriately sized dowel. level with razor and redrill. That is how I fix that. The took pick fix will get you by until the next time you take it off but inevitably cracks/crumbles and has to be redone
     
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    Both of the above methods work. I’m lazy and normally go the tooth pick route because there are always more tooth picks in the kitchen cabinet. If it’s not to bad I don’t even use glue... just break off two pieces of tooth pick in the hole. That will hold a pick guard screw.
     
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    Just get a slightly larger screw
     
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    Pro tip: use the pointy part of the toothpick and put it in the hole upside down. The taper will match the screw. Instead of breaking up when you put the screw in, it will stay solid. If you use glue, it's a fairly long term repair.
     
  7. amstratnut

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    Toothpick, sometimes with glue, sometimes not. I put the screw in right away. I don't wait for the glue to dry.
     
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    for those infected with an Anal approach, use the dowel.... for everyone else, poke the CA coated toothpick in the hole. let the CA dry and move on..

    r
     
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    The round toothpicks are better than the flat kind. No glue needed.

    Stick it in, break it off and continue on your way.

    Same thing for strap buttons (may need more than one pc of toothpick).

    Don't dowel.
     
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    I just use a big hard booger. Then move on to the real issues at hand.
     
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    Tried and tested: toothpick!
     
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    Seems like a bad idea
     
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    I use a little bit of wood glue and bamboo toothpicks. The bamboo is by far harder than the body wood. I have a couple that have been repaired like this for many years and I ahve changed a lot of things on them over those years.


    The key to not stripping the hoes in the first place is that you only need to tighten the screws to a couple inch pounds at the most. It's not like these are structural or have any pressure on them. They won't back out due to vibrations either.
     
  14. Retroe

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    Thanks guys, great suggestions. I'll try the round toothpick method.


    Stupid question... What's a "CA" coated toothpick?
    (and yes, I Googled it)
     
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    Crazy glue... CA stands for Cyanoacrylates Adhesive...
     
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    Dowel is the pro-way to do it. If you bother to source out some.
     
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    I have had good success with flat, tapered toothpicks and Elmer's white glue. The white glue becomes clear when dry and provides a mostly permanent fix.

    PS. I'm a little OCD and this is still good enough for me.
     
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    Use brass screw in inserts with machine screws like I did on this one. Never have to worry about it again.
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    Full disclosure here. I have this guitar setup to change p'up configurations at any given time so it just made perfect sense here.
     
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  19. BuddhaFingas

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    Wood filler putty also works fine, if you happen to have it on hand. Easier than drilling & dowelling, more durable than toothpicks. Done carefully, it's invisible later.

    I wouldn't use it for anything "structural" that has to carry weight directly against pullout, but pickguard screws aren't under any real load.
     
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    And you've got a snack for later if you're hungry.