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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Shrinking Pickguard Question



Apr 19th, 2018 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

So I have a 63 Jaguar, and I'm going to be selling it, however I have heard that pickguards from that era can shrink. All I need to do is take the guitar apart and take photos then put it back together.

I don't have to worry about rapid shrinking once I unscrew the pickguard will I?

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Apr 19th, 2018 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

No worries. Shrinkage happens very slowly over a long period of time. It will happen whether on the guitar or off.

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Apr 20th, 2018 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shrinkage happens to all of us except for our ears and noses. They keep growing :o)

The only caution is if there's a lot of tension against the little mounting screws: if so, you risk cracking the pickguard, especially in places where it's narrow. Work slowly and carefully when removing and replacing it.

This shrinkage issue is often the reason we see pickguards on older Strats and Teles missing that little point on the treble-side horn. The nitro plastic can't take the tension and it splits across the screw hole because that is the weak point.

A good (and extreme) example is Jim Campilongo's early 60s Telecaster

pictured here.

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