Pickguard Piece Between Neck Pickup and the Neck

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  1. Sven

    Sven New Member

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    I recently procured a G400 Pro. It is fantastic considering the price and I can't believe how imports have improved over the last 20 years. After years of building frankencasters and then switching to humbuckers that split, I still feel the need to customize a bit. It was easy enough to get a custom engraved truss rod cover, but I've been told by the same people that did the truss rod cover that the small plate between the neck pickup and the neck is made of an un-engravable material (?). Just wondering if anyone knows of a source that can replace this plate (what do you call that piece, anyway?) with some text engraved on it. It is not important enough to me to drill new screw holes. Trying to attach a representative pic.

    My first guitar thirty years ago was a polaris white Gibson SG that had turned to a custard yellow. Wish I still had it. Anyway this is my first post here and I'm very happy to have an SG again.
     

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    here's something I did, you may or may not
    like the effect, but I do.

    I bought a piece of ebony headstock veneer from stewmac:
    https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_a...stic_Guitar_Necks/Peghead_Overlay_Veneer.html

    Then I drew around the stock parts from my SG:
    pickguard 3@100.jpg
    Ebony splits easily, so I was careful cutting the parts out.
    I drilled holes around the outside of the drawn lines, and cut carefully
    with a sharp small bladed hand saw.
    Pickguard 09 cut out@100.jpg
    The Tenon cover was easier, and came out of the same piece of ebony easily.
    Tenon cover 2W100.jpg
    I marked and drilled and counter sunk the screw holes in the same places as on the stock parts.
    Then it was not much more work. I shaped the curves, and beveled the edges with a Dremel tool and
    some files. Then I sanded the surface down to 600 grit and sealed the wood with tung oil.
    Pickguard 12@100.jpg

    pickguard 14@100.jpg
    The above photos are before sanding, I was checking the fit. I shaped it by hand and made sure the
    part fit and the holes were correct. The picture below is after I finished sanding and sealed it with Tung
    oil and installed it.
    Pickguard 20 ebony  12-08.jpg
    The Ebony pickguard and tenon cover is something that nobody would notice, unless they were playing
    the instrument and stopped for an interval, just to stare at what a great guitar it is. At that point, they
    might notice the custom wood work, and there might be an OMG moment
    because the ebony is really over the top IMHO. I had enough ebony left
    from another project to make my own switch washer/indicator
    which sometimes gets a second glance.
    Controls@100.jpg
     
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    I like it... Pretty cool looking !
     
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    Beautiful Col!!! I'm envisioning an ebony fretboard to go along with it.
     
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    Great look. That's just what I need, more options to feed my ADD. Someone suggested a pic of the epi so here it is:
     
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    Well, here it is now. my_sg1.jpg
     
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    I moved the strap button to the upper horn as well, which I also did long ago on my first SG. I find it balances better. Both Dunlop and Schaller-style locking buttons stick out too far for me, so I use the rubber-washer thing and just leave the strap on. That was not a strap on joke :) strap _buttons.JPG
     
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    Col. Mustard (the pipe smokin' yellow piece in Clue),
    Did you hand bevel the edges of that ebony? Thanks.
     
  10. Col Mustard

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    I used a Dremel tool, and also a 6" mill file, and I have a set
    of small hand files in different shapes, one's a half round, one's a
    needle file. When it came to the final beveling,
    after the curves were shaped, I used a hand file.
    Ebony is pretty easy to work, except for the tendency to split along the grain.

    I enjoyed this project, and ended up with something that is just one of those
    subtle guitar mods that I can see from across the room when my SG is on
    its stand, but nobody else would notice it or care. A couple of other players have
    actually played my SG, and noticed how different the wood feels from normal plastic.

    So I did another one: my Epiphone ES-339. This guitar surprised me in how
    hard I fell for it. I bought it on a whim, but it's become one of my favorites.
    I didn't like the stock pick guard, the Epiphone "euro" mark wanted to peel off,
    and that irked me.

    So I ordered another piece of ebony from Stew Mac, drew around the stock part,
    and set to work. I actually enhanced the curves a little bit, making my P/G a little
    more artsy or something. This wasn't very hard to do. I used a drill to make holes
    around the outside of the pencil line, and cut from hole to hole with a small sharp hand
    saw, trying not to split the wood. I was especially worried about it up near the forward
    end, where the wood's thin. I actually glued a washer under the hole, as reinforcement.
    Pickguard front 220@100.jpg
    Here (above) it's sanded down to about 220 grit.
    and here (below) it is, installed with black hardware and screws.
    _DSC0040@100.jpg
    Caledonia close@100.jpg
    Not everybody enjoys this kind of stuff, but it's something
    you can do yourself with minimal tools and skill.

    Next time you change your strings, give the fretboard a treatment with
    Fret Doctor or maybe Music Nomad's F-1... the rosewood ought to darken
    up nicely.
     

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    These look great Col.!
     
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    If the peeple that make the truss rod cover think a little, they can make the tenon cover out of engraveable material...

    it’s not rocket surgery.

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