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Stratrocker
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Feb 18th, 2017 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

....do you peel the plastic film and sticker off the pickguard? I have a hard time doing it.

littleuch
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Feb 18th, 2017 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Immediately.

Blueblender

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Feb 18th, 2017 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a hard time doing it."
Someone has to ask, so I'll be that guy.
Why?

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Feb 18th, 2017 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do it as soon as I get it home but I cut the plastic around the stickers and keep them along with the rest of the paperwork that comes with the guitar. I also give the scratch and back plates a polish to get rid of any residue left behind from the plastic, which can attract dust and dirt causing gunkiness.

Stratrocker
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Feb 18th, 2017 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Someone has to ask, so I'll be that guy.
Why?" - Blueblender

I know, it's weird. It just takes away from the "newness" I guess.

"...but I cut the plastic around the stickers and keep them along with the rest of the paperwork that comes with the guitar." - Modal Magic

I like this idea!



reverendrob
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Feb 19th, 2017 01:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I get rid of that on any pickguard that has plastic, not just Strats.

Unless I found that within minutes I wasn't keeping it for one reason or another (which is very, very rare), that plastic goes away immediately along with stock strings.

Pinetree
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Feb 19th, 2017 02:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Immediately if not sooner.



budg
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Feb 19th, 2017 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's part of the unpacking process.

Leftee
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Feb 19th, 2017 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in the right away crowd. As soon as I know it isn't going back.

Can't remember the last time I bought one in a store.

009
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Feb 23rd, 2017 06:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ ^ ^ Yeah, as long as it takes to confirme that it's a keeper.

HeavyDuty
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Feb 23rd, 2017 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not just a Strat thing, but I usually replace the pickguard right away, and the original gets put in storage with the plastic and stickers intact.

jay1vinton

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May 25th, 2017 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remove it immediately, I go so far as to loosen the pickguard screws to get those pesky plastic pieces that get stuck under the screws. I begin to scratch it up immediately also..;-)


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May 25th, 2017 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I keep it on until plastic starts shrinking and tearing, making the Strat look absolutely terrible. Only then is magic achieved.

(;oD

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May 25th, 2017 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never been a fan of condoms--so that stuff does not stay on more than a few days.

Like Jay1Vinton, I loosen the mounting screws (and the pots) to allow a clean, complete removal.

And like Mick--I give the plastic a wipe down with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits to remove the sticky residue that sometimes remains on the plastic.

Mick Reid
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May 25th, 2017 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"And like Mick--I give the plastic a wipe down with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits to remove the sticky residue that sometimes remains on the plastic."

I didn't say that! (right country, wrong member!) But I *do* loves me some mineral spirits! I go through litres of it every year! Use it on everything...

We call it "Metho" here. Short for Methylated Spirits.

Also... there's plastic on pickguards??? ;^)


stratcowboy
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May 25th, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Also... there's plastic on pickguards??? ;^) "

That's an up-charge option in Australia.


Mick Reid
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May 26th, 2017 12:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"That's an up-charge option in Australia."

You're not wrong!
I knew there had to be a reason Fender guitars are so expensive here!

Fenderookie
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May 26th, 2017 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see no reason to keep it on, so I remove it immediately

MLC

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May 26th, 2017 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It's part of the unpacking process."

^^this^^

It's packaging material and should be treated as such.

Peegoo
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May 26th, 2017 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you've ever bought plastic or metal (polished/painted) sheet stock, you know It always comes with the adhesive polyethylene film on it. The purpose is to help protect it from minor damage during storage, handling, and machining.

I've had guitars on my bench that were 10+ years old with the protective plastic film still on the parts. At that point, the film is ratty and brittle, and the adhesive has hardened and can be extremely difficult to remove.

Some people like that stuff to stay on. Some people like to leave the tags or labels on their hats and shoes. But it's nothing new: Minnie Pearl was doing this 80 years ago with the price tag on her hat.

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