Why can't I like 8-Hole Single Ply Pickguards?

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  1. rlongnt

    rlongnt Strat-O-Master

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    No the first thing I do is look at the dates. I didn't want to mess anything up at all on this one so I didn't touch anything. New strings and a setup. That's it
     
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    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Bad...very bad.
     
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    charlie chitlin Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Fender stopped using them for a reason.
    They sucked until nostalgia took over and we started to get all wistful about stuff that sucked.
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Oh dear! :eek:
     
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    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Yes. I suggest the nearest bulldozer...at your earliest convenience.
     
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    rocknrollrich Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don't like the single ply pick guard either. Silly, but eh, I like the 3 ply.
     
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    StratAlchemist Strat-O-Master

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    Getting ready to order a parchment single-ply .06” from Terrapin Guitars without the pick guard screw holes so I can drill them myself. All because my AV59 has the 10 hole mint guard that is impossible for to find replacements for with the correct pattern. So I’m going with a 10 hole single ply.
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    You know, I just realized that I've never counted those holes. And now, having a dozen Strats, I have no urgent need to start.
    Just out of curiosity, I once counted th 23 screws holding down the pickguard of my Peavy T60.
     
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    GarrettM Strat-Talk Member

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    The same reason I hate the black plastic truss rod inserts on MIM guitars. I understand it's a cost saving/preventing fraud type thing, but surely a brown plastic insert would do the same thing, and be more visually elegant.
     
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    Mr_Lahey Strat-Talk Member

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    Totally legit - you want the 11-hole guard because the weight of those three extra metal screws give it that modern sustain. You can’t change it, though, because the three extra holes remove the tonewood that’s essential for that vintage sound. :cool:
     
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    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    With Fender selling the replacement walnut plugs, you could really fit one into any guitar with that type & size of access hole.


    @GarrettM For some reason, I don't think it's got to do with preventing fraud, much like the CNC locator holes under the pickguard have nothing to do with where the body was made.(USA vs MIM)

    It's relatively simple to remove the black plastic insert, buy an authentic, genuine Fender walnut plug and replace the plastic with walnut.

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    If I get a new Fender I sand down and smooth the switch tip..... and the trem end too.
     
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    Why have you got time to think about this? I worry only about the important stuff. Why silver screws on a black guard? Changed mine out for black when I took the plastic film off.
    All a bit sad really.
     
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    Yeah, should be rotated 90 degrees, would notice less.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    The Strats are better, three more innit? They go to 11
     
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    I spent so much time studying the look and progression of stratocasters through the years that I admit to being a slave to tradition - 1 ply on 50's style, 3 ply mint or cream on early 60's style, 3 ply parchment or cream on late 60's and 70's - when I see alternate variations I get this momentary, involuntary tic.
    Notable exception is maybe black pickguards - I've seen 1 ply and 3 ply look equally good, depending on the guitar.
     
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    Yeah, so I borrowed this bulldozer, and ran over my Tele. It was a very bumpy ride, and now there is a Telecaster-shaped depression in the concrete.

    Now I’m being chased by angry construction workers and my Tele still has 8 screws to hold the pick guard. :(

    Why would you leave the keys in the ignition if you didn’t intend it to be used by the general public? o_O
     
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    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    You can laugh but Strats without that walnut truss rod cover just freaks me out (Ok I can tolerate the black plastic ones but even so so :D)
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, but the pickguard-screw-to-pickup ratio is slightly worse for a Strat… o_O
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    Perhaps it is a deep seated physiological disturbance that you have had towards fewer Strat pickguard screws since birth which has only become manifest in your later years.