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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

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
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..;-)


5Strats
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GospelBilly!
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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I've got my own

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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??? ;^)


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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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Australia

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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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...it's good enough.
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.

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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.

longhair55

Michigan

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May 26th, 2017 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Immediately

Leftee
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VA

May 26th, 2017 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've only had two new ones. I suppose the one I built counts since the plastics had the plastic on them. I take the plastic off after the first playing.

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May 27th, 2017 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never owned a new Strat so I've never had to face this problem. My instincts would be to remove it ASAP.

pokeraz

Phoenix, AZ

May 29th, 2017 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In the parking lot.

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May 30th, 2017 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First thing. I also pull the pickguard when taking the stock strings off so I can loosen the nuts holding the pots and get the plastic out from under the nuts, washers and knobs.

Nothing feels worse than turning a pot rubbing plastic film. Ick!

Leftee
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May 31st, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This past Sunday we celebrated my birthday and the family gave me a guitar. I unwrapped it, tuned and played it, and promptly took the film off the pickguard. :-P

macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
Jun 6th, 2017 04:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Leave it on too long and it will be very difficult to remove cleanly.

Skydog6653

Usa

Jun 6th, 2017 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

WhAt macatt said; I bought a 10 yr old strat with the plastic still on. It came off ok, but left behind some residue.

(This message was last edited by Skydog6653 at 12:18 AM, Jun 7th, 2017)

SonicBlue

Sunbury-on-Thames

Jun 8th, 2017 04:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

T'aint mine till it comes off.

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