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Step 1: Supplies

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A sheet of Birch plywood in whatever thickness you want. (not too thin, or it will crack and splinter when you are cutting it

Utility scissors

Exacto knife

Power drill with drillbit matching the width of the screws holding the pickguard in place

Wood stain (optional)

Wood finish (I used Deft)

Patience

Step 2: Tracing the Pickguard

Take the original pickguard, and place it on the sheet of birch plywood. Take a sharpie, and trace the pickguard onto the wood using it as a template. Dont let the pickguard slide or move around or you wont get the right pickguard in the end.

Step 4: Cut out Pickup Holes

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This is the hard boring part. Take your Exacto knife and trace around the holes for the pickguard/knobs or any other holes in the pickguard. Just trace and re-trace the cuts over and over until you have cut through the wood. Take breaks while doing this to avoid getting Carpel tunnel or Aids or something. When you are finished cutting through the wood, gently pry the pieces of wood out of the pickguard.

Step 5: Drill

Put your pickguard over a thick scrap piece of wood and hold it with your hand while drilling. Drill holes in the dots you drew on from the wood from your original pickguard. Be careful while doing this, because since you are drilling near the edge of the pickguard it could easily crack or splinter.
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thepelton3 years ago
I found that eighth inch (3mm) plywood can be formed quite readily with an Epilog laser, if you have one. You would just have to measure exactly where each important cut went, and burn it out. If you did that, I would suggest that you just make marks where drill holes go, and then drill them to the proper diameter with a drill. I am not quite sure how to get a hole of a specific size in a specific location.
klausmanfre4 years ago
Nice fretless man!
This looks really awesome.
jp_pianoguy4 years ago
Love the pic of this step.
lemonie4 years ago
Can you show this on the guitar?

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sexpistolsrule666 (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Yeah, im putting up a picture right now.
I see! L
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The wood is so thin, a saw would splinter it. heavy duty scissors work really well.
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Yup, all it takes is the right saw and the right blade. You could also sandwich the wood between two thicker sheets to prevent it from splintering.
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