No Adjustment Holes Pickguard Installation

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by Uncle Joe, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Last weekend my new 2019 Squier Telecaster Bullet Red Sparkle arrived at my doorstep. Nice guitar. I wanted something to jump-start my enthusiasm for playing as I relearn old songs long forgotten and add one or two to the repertoire. I had no intention of modifying it, other than the pickguard. When I saw the guitar had shipped, I ordered a black/red/black eight hole, no adjustment screws, from Stratosphere. That arrived on Monday.
     
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  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Wow. I struggled with images on this. Here's the guitar alive on arrival:

    Sparkle Bullet one A.jpg
     
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  3. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Here's the original pickguard alongside the Black/Red/Black Stratosphere replacement:

    Bullet pickguard & Stratophere pickguard.jpg
     
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  4. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    how do they line up ?
     
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  5. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    Are you asking about mounting the neck pup into the body ? or just drillin holes on the new PG ?
     
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  6. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

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    You may need to drill.
     
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  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    The replacement black guard in the above image still has clear protective film adhered, but as you may be able to see, it doesn't have the pickup adjustment screws drilled through. That's what I wanted.

    The Squier Limited Edition Bullet Telecaster Red Sparkle is a pretty great guitar right out of the box. I like the classic features of recessed ferrules, cup input, single tree and low output pickups and can easily live with the fully functional modern hardware; bridge and sealed tuners. What I'm not a big fan of is the visibility of the neck pickup adjustment screws on the OEM pickguard. Plus I think Red looks better with a Black guard. Minor thing, right?
     
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  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Yes, I need to drill. First I thought about making a shim and drilling through that. So I did.

    bullet shim.jpg
     
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  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    The problem was I didn't think it would be sufficient for holding these awesome nuts I found at Lowes.

    Wood insert nuts .jpg
     
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  10. mtjo62

    mtjo62 Squier-Meister

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    Center and mount the pickup at the back of the cavity right in tho the body. Use a piece of foam under the pickup to act as a spring for adjustment.
     
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  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    The above nuts fit the size and thread of the stock pickup screws perfectly. My concern was that I left the CAD cavity cutouts exposed and was afraid my shim was too thin of a gauge to hold the Lowe's nuts securely. So I decided to fill the pickup cavity depressions with plugs cut from scrap wood. I cut them using a mitre box saw and rounded the edges with sandpaper.

    1 mm plug rounded.jpg
     
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  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Then I filled the gaps with toothpicks, wood dust and wood glue. Once dried, I covered the plugs with a modicum of Plastic Wood. Once sanded down, the graphite shielding paint that I sanded from alongside blended atop and covered the plugs a bit. Works for me.

    Bullet cavity plugged and sanded.jpg
     
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  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    If I have time tonight I'll drill for the adjustment nuts.
     
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  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Not too badly. There will be two crooked installation screws I think.
     
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  16. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    I'm attempting to offer a tutorial on drilling the body. I didn't think the most difficult part would be my failure to upload images correctly! Oops. I'm learning quite a bit on this little project.
     
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  17. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    nice work so far!
     
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  18. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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  19. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    Thanks. That does help. I got lucky and found the part in brass at Lowes. I had no idea what I was looking for until I found it. When the 6-32 actually fit the stock pickup adjustment screw I felt like I won a scratch-off lottery. Now that my prep work is complete, let's see if can install this thing successfully.
     
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  20. so1om

    so1om Squier-Axpert

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    well it says 1/4" drill bit for the pilot hole. it would be better to be a smidge larger than too tight.
     
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