Introduction: Make a Stylish Guitar Pick Guard on the Cheap

Hi,

This is my first actual documented instruct-able. I actually completed this over two years ago and posted it on my myspace page as blog. I only had posted it up to share & had not really intended it as a step by step tutorial. However, I feel that there are still enough pictures & details in it that would be helpful to get anyone going. Thanks for checking it out!

Zeno

Step 1:

Hi,

This is my first actual documented instruct-able. I actually completed this over two years ago and posted it on my myspace page as blog. I only had posted it up to share & had not really intended it as a step by step tutorial. However, I feel that there are still enough pictures & details in it that would be helpful to get anyone going. Thanks for checking it out!

Zeno


Basically, I took the plexi glass and cut it with my dremel to the dimensions I needed, and after going through a few subtle alterations to the geometric shape I was ready for the next phase of drilling the holes needed to house the potentiometers, capacitors, switches, momentary switch, resistors etc...

Then after a little more shaping a smoothing I was ready to take an otherwise ugly piece of plexi glass and make her look as perty as I could get er;). I did this by spraying the back of the pick guard with adhesive spray, then placing aluminum foil on it. After I smoothed the foil to it, I then took an exacto knife and sliced a random pattern of holes on the foil that basically looked like clear spots( or windows on the pick guard. Then it came time for the next phase of taking some mirror like decals that were made to put on cd's that you burned on your computer, and cut them into pieces that would cover the clear windows in the foil. Making it look like it does in the picture. Well.. Of-coarse I did have to now install all the knobs and solder in all of the electronics etc. But I didn't want this to get into a big technical discussion of electonic theory and design, So I have chosen to omit that part of the process to save a few less yawns;)


Well there it is! A little glimpse into my extra curricular life.. Exciting stuff! Wink, wink.

Anything to get sound! A Sonic junkie at heart!

Peace in and out! Zeno

Step 2: The Mommy of Invention?

Q. The process of how I made my new guitar circuit & pick guard should really start with the question... Why?

A. Because the guitar you're looking at somewhere along it's life became the guinea pig for a myriad of electronic experiments & in the process it was subjected to a myriad of dings, drill holes, chisel marks, and various other cosmetically depriving tortures. Well you get the idea. So after having several large cavities in the guitar to accommodate the electronics that reside in it. It became one ugly beast of an axe to say the least! So after going through several ideas to conceal the wars it had seen, as well as needing to be able to accommodate the original electronic circuit design that I had finally finished. Voila! The Mommy of invention visited me in a dream and told me to use plexi glass! lol.. Not to mention it doesn't look to uncool either;) So why not?


Step 3: On With the Show..

Basically, I took the plexi glass and cut it with my dremel to the dimensions I needed, and after going through a few subtle alterations to the geometric shape I was ready for the next phase of drilling the holes needed to house the potentiometers, capacitors, switches, momentary switch, resistors etc...

Then after a little more shaping a smoothing I was ready to take an otherwise ugly piece of plexi glass and make her look as perty as I could get er;). (grammar play intentional!) I did this by spraying the back of the pick guard with adhesive spray, then placing aluminum foil on it. After I smoothed the foil to it, I then took an exacto knife and sliced a random pattern of holes on the foil that basically looked like clear spots( or windows on the pick guard. Then it came time for the next phase of taking some mirror like decals that were made to put on cd's that you burned on your computer, and cut them into pieces that would cover the clear windows in the foil. Making it look like it does in the picture. Well.. Of-coarse I did have to now install all the knobs and solder in all of the electronics etc. But I didn't want this to get into a big technical discussion of electronic theory and design, So I have chosen to omit that part of the process to save a few less yawns;)

Well there it is! A little glimpse into my extra curricular life & perhaps it my also be a part of yours.. Exciting stuff! Wink, wink-Anything to get sound! A Sonic junkie at heart!

Oh! One more critical point that should never go unaddressed
HAVE FUN!

Peace in and out! Zeno

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bustedit (author)2009-07-10

what kind of tele is that? cool idea, using foil UNDER the plexi. i guess you could pretty much adhere anything, huh?

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zenosonik (author)bustedit2009-07-11

Thanks Man... I totally forgot I had posted this here as it has been up a few months & I haven't exactly pushed it for traffic... It is a Schecter body, and sure, you could use just about any material that you think would work. I know they have different colors of foil available as well, and the added advantage of using aluminum is that it provides extra shielding benefits to the guitars electronics. Cheers, Z

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