Pickguard mods - cutting the blade switch spot

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Oldguitarguy, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-Nut

    924
    Mar 2, 2019
    Nj
    I bought some PG’s without any switch or pot holes. Anyone have any tips for cutting the space for a blade type switch?
     
    BlueTele likes this.
  2. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Squier-holic

    Age:
    50
    Dec 18, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    The last time I did one I used an old Strat pickguard as the template. I drilled the mounting holes first and screwed the Strat PG to the new one. I used a Dremel with a cutting wheel to cut the switch slot.
     
  3. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-Nut

    924
    Mar 2, 2019
    Nj
    Thats a great idea because the wheel will keep the slot straight. Thanks!
     
    Black Strat likes this.
  4. JimmyIreys

    JimmyIreys New Member

    Age:
    45
    1
    Jun 14, 2020
    California
    I bought a new PG for my 1995 MIM Squire Strat and though it is an 11-hole the predrilled holes don't all quite match the holes drilled in the body of the guitar. I want to avoid drilling new holes to accommodate the PG. Any suggestions on where to find PGs that are correctly drilled? I've uploaded a photo.
     

    Attached Files:

    Eddie likes this.
  5. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

    Age:
    50
    Nov 5, 2016
    New York

    It's rare that you'll find a new pickguard that's exactly a perfect fit. In most cases, you'll have a few holes which are slightly off. It's part of life.

    You can always fill the original holes and just screw in based on the new pickguard.

    But even if you lined up your new pickguard with your old pickguard, the holes won't be perfect.