A cheap and easy pickguard. Works great for basses that don't come from the factory with a pickguard.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:

Self-adhesive vinyl sheet (mine was about $1 at Hobby Lobby)
Exacto knife
Cardstock or file folder (optional)
LIAR! This isn't a guitar its a bass guitar.
dude, a guitars a guitar<br />
its technically still a guitar<br />
is that an ibanez bass<br />
I did something very similar many years ago when rebuilding an old guitar. I cut a pick guard out of a vinyl floor tile. In one case , I traced the original guitar pickguard and overlaid it with a tile cutout.
If you want to to make it easier to apply the Vinyl do this: 1. Clean the area with Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol). This removes dirt and finger grease 2. Spray the area with washing up liquid and water (bog standard spray bottle) 3. Place the peeled vinyl on the soapy water and move it into the correct position (called Floating the vinyl) 4. Squighy the water out using a felt (or soft side of velcro (loops)) wrapped piece of wood with constant pressure to remove the water. Start at the middle and work to the edges. 5. If any air bubbles are present try working them out with the squighy thing or using a brand new scalpel blade pop them (using the very tip) then use the squighy thing to flatten it out. 6. Dry it off (from the water). That how professionals apply vinyl (I used to be a designer for a Sign Making company and used Vinyl daily)
Thanks. I will put that in the application step.
I thought Vinyl was like a paper type material, how can it be a pickguard?
It's meant for basses that aren't really played with picks, so it's more of a cosmetic thing really. Also vinyl is more of a plastic than a paper.
I own a company with a huge large format printer and cutter, we can do really cool and complicated and custom vinyls for your guitar, and it's easy to apply. I'm not trying to advertise, but if anyone is interested I can make some if you email me at lonerayven@gmail.com. And I'll make my own instructable on how to apply them.
I like it!

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