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    Default Pickguard Removal

    I have been searching for a thread I could have sworn was here that had pics of a step by step pickguard removal, but now can't seem to find it. After getting a used side bracket for my 1930 Gibson A2, I now have some time to put it on. Could someone point me to that thread if it exists or explain how to remove my pickguard? I see it has two pins toward the neck looks like a pin near the bridge? I am scared to death to do this but do not have a competent luthier nearby.

    Thanks, Doug

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    coprolite mandroid's Avatar
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    Default Re: Pickguard Removal

    Ideally Post a picture, .. But my blind guess

    if you take tension off by detuning strings,
    the bridge will move to release the pin into the bridge,
    then you May remove the finger rest/Pick-guard pulling it straight out..

    then you re position the bridge and bring the strings back up to pitch.

    Might I ask Why you feel a need to do this?

    Finger-rest support pin from it into the bridge is pre 20th century, I thought.
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    Default Re: Pickguard Removal

    Thanks - Will post pic this evening. I want to do it because the threaded rod which is in the block of wood underneath the pickguard and the other threaded end with the nut seems to be seized and I want to get them operable.

    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Ideally Post a picture, .. But my blind guess

    if you take tension off by detuning strings,
    the bridge will move to release the pin into the bridge,
    then you May remove the finger rest/Pick-guard pulling it straight out..

    then you re position the bridge and bring the strings back up to pitch.

    Might I ask Why you feel a need to do this?

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    Default Re: Pickguard Removal

    The most common and tragic mistake people make is to slip something between the side of the guard and the fingerboard and try and pry it away. This results in damage to both surfaces almost invariably. The plastic has shrunk a bit, as has the wood. The pins are a bit corroded and firmly gripped, so you have a lot of friction to overcome. Usually the best way is to make a clamp that will grip the entire guard firmly front and back, over a broad area, that will not possibly make a mark, and then pull and wiggle it gently but firmly until it finally pulls up and out.

    Know that the pins do not project directly into the side of the board on a plane. They are bent down.


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