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ed531



USA

Feb 23rd, 2017 12:06 PM        

Good afternoon Everyone,<br /> <br /> I've recently acquired a Crimson Red MIM Deluxe Players Strat and am thinking about changing the pickguard to either a parchment or anodized gold. I can't seem to find a pickguard anywhere where there is an additional hole for the noiseless pickup button. Would anyone be able do direct me to someone who may have this in stock ? Pictured below is a picture of what I have. Thanks <br /> <br /> http://www.musicgalleryinc.com/v/vspfiles/photos/MX14134304-2.jpg



Mick Reid

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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Feb 23rd, 2017 05:04 PM        

Hi ed531.<br /> <br /> Don't think you'll have much luck finding a direct replacement.<br /> Your best option is just buy a pickguard that you like; lay the old one over the new; trace the hole location with a fine mechanical pencil and drill a new appropriate sized hole.<br /> <br /> Dimple the centre of the hole trace first; drill a pilot hole with a small bit (1/16"?) and graduate successively up to the final size. Use a slow drill speed or an old-fashioned crank type drill.<br /> <br /> Done!<br />



Hammond101

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 23rd, 2017 05:11 PM        

Yeah drill the small hole but then use a very sharp reamer to enlarge......or turn the increasing larger bits by hand.



ed531



USA

Feb 23rd, 2017 05:30 PM        

Great, thank you for the quick reply and detailed suggestions. Much appreciated



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Feb 24th, 2017 06:44 AM        

Some PG companies, such as greasy groove, will cut a custom PG if you send them a useable tracing. The extra charge might be cost prohibitive, esp for one hole.<br /> <br /> If you're hesitant on DIY, first practice on some scrap plastic.



ed531



USA

Mar 2nd, 2017 11:46 AM        

Hey Thanks Tony Salieri,<br /> <br /> I may try to route the hole myself with a dremel on an anodized gold pickguard. I just have to disassemble the current tortoise pickguard and determine how that button is mounted.



telegib



Canada

Mar 5th, 2017 07:06 AM        

You could also try drilling a much tinier hole and installing a mini switch instead of the push switch.



Mick Reid

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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Mar 5th, 2017 11:49 PM        

"You could also try drilling a much tinier hole and installing a mini switch instead of the push switch."<br /> <br /> ^^^^^<br /> THIS - I highly recommend the mini-toggle switch mod. *So* much easier to switch on the fly than a push-button.<br /> <br /> Easy to wire up too.<br />



ed531



USA

Mar 15th, 2017 05:20 PM        

Mini toggle switch sounds like a great alternative. Thank You for the input



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