View Full Version : Pick guard update

Tom Bull
11-26-2009, 6:44 PM
A while back I asked for a vector of a stratocaster pickguard. I ended up just drawing one and said I would post the result, so here it is.

Dan Hintz
11-27-2009, 10:06 PM
Too small to see anything of detail... :(

Steven Wallace
12-11-2009, 12:10 PM
Tom here are your updated pics.

Steven Wallace
12-11-2009, 12:16 PM
I think this might be slightly better

Scott Balboa
12-11-2009, 12:56 PM
I'm trying to understand what I'm looking at... Is the Zebra-print guard the vectored product? Is it one material or is the black and white seperate and just pieced together? Looks cool...

Tom Bull
12-11-2009, 5:24 PM
It's one piece white over black vector cut out shape, holes, screws, etc. and raster engrave the white off to reveal black underneath.

Scott Balboa
12-11-2009, 5:32 PM
:eek: Now I feel like an idiot... It was so simple I didn't assume the obvious! I like it, and being a guitar player myself, I've been thinking about making something similar. Was this for a customer or yourself? Is it 1/16" plastic stock?

Tom Bull
12-11-2009, 6:02 PM
That's my son, it's 1/8 LaserMax that I got from BF Plastics (they are GREAT to deal with.

Joe Hayes
12-11-2009, 6:37 PM
Tom that is a very nice job. Looks very cool. I also love the wood lettering on the end.

Curt Stallings
12-11-2009, 7:55 PM
Looks fantastic Tom. Good shape for the text too.

Steven Wallace
12-12-2009, 12:33 AM
Tom, some of the after market pick guards for Stratocasters have a metalized tape on the backside. Did you have to put anything on the back of this pick guard? It looks like the pics got you some more responses. Glad I could assist with a procedure for you. I wrote it all down and my wife asked why I hadn't done that for her. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Mike Null
12-12-2009, 4:58 AM
Did you consider reverse engraving on clear acrylic coated with black on the back then using a white color fill?

The advantage would be the smoothness of the surface.

I like what you did so don't consider this a criticism---just another idea.

Tom Bull
12-12-2009, 11:23 AM
Yes we spray mounted some aluminum foil to the same area that the original guard was covered.
I really do appreciate your help with the photos, and your turorial you sent is going to be printed out and put in my folder of cheat sheets. My wife and I do the same, that is I make little step-by-step sheets for processes that she and I seldom use, but yet know they will come up again someday.

Tom Bull
12-12-2009, 11:26 AM
Mike, actually did something like that. The acrylic was more brittle than the LaserMax and it cracked. All was not lost in that it proved the vector was accurate.