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Post subject: Warped pickguard
Posted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:03 am
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Evening all.

Anyone have any advice for straightening awarped pickguard?

I'm thinking of putting a hair dryer to it.
I have read putting it in the sun between 2 plates of glass.

I was curious about the hair dryer method, and whether or not anyone has done it here.
If all else fails, would it be an option to replace it all together?

I didn't slacken off the screws either side of the warp to see if it eased back down, but no.

It's a new Bullet Strat HSS.
It was being sold off cheap because of this.
The rest of the guitar is perfect, apart from this.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:21 pm
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I have two bullets. Have not had this problem. but I have another strat clone that did this.

Try loostening all the screws and taking them down evenly. It may help. If not then...

Find a really flat clean surface and a regular clothes iron. Turn the iron on to the lowest setting. Remove your pickguard form the guitar. Lay the pickguard down on the flat surface. Let the iron stabalize at the lowest setting. Put a thin cloth like a bandanna or a hankerchef over the pickguard. Press the iron down on the cloth and pickguard. Take you time and test it out. A low heat should take the warp out. Take your time and experiment. don't be in a hurry to raise the heat level.

This should work.


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Posted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:47 pm
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Thanks a lot for the advice.

I actually tried the hair dryer technique and it's worked a treat.

Thanks again.


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Posted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:43 am
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I am looking at your photo again. Looks like the pickguard is really snug against the heel of the neck.

If the guard is butting hard against the neck and there is no clearance it may be too close, and cause a warp.

In that case remove the pickguard and take a fine file or emery board, or sandpaper and enlarge the neck pocket on the pickguard.


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Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:35 pm
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Thank again for the useful advice.

Doesn't seem to have caused a problem.

The hair dryer treatment did the job.


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