ES-335 Pickguard doesn't fit in.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by 5E8A, May 8, 2016.

  1. 5E8A

    5E8A Member

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    Hi,

    I have an ES-335 which I never took the pickguard off before. I took it off to clean under it, but I can't put it back. It's not that I don't know how to, but I noticed that it doesn't fit as it's supposed to.

    When I put it in, I noticed that the plastic thing which is glued under the pickguard, doesn't line up with the other part which is attached to the guitar. I can force it to fit, but then it is under a lot of pressure at the screw where the neck pickup is and at all that other parts which hold the pickguard, and I don't feel comfortable knowing that the parts are under pressure. Pictures are better than words, so see it yourself.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6oumwb6fz2zzrti/20160507_223324.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ajcryxlcpelr678/20160507_223446.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/oge4w4trn1z1d10/20160507_223310.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/f3dkcqrrmwyorbc/20160507_223347.jpg?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ar87ovo7tcpxdt5/20160507_223249_001.jpg?dl=0
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2016
  2. Chris Pile

    Chris Pile Member

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    Plastic resin shrinks over time as it outgasses.
    I wouldn't sweat it, but if it breaks... get a new one.
     
  3. 5E8A

    5E8A Member

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    Is there a way I can seperate the glued black thing and glue on back again with the correct lining?
     
  4. Chris Pile

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  5. icr

    icr Member

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    The threaded rod may have had a little bend in it to fit and just needs to be spun around. Be careful bending these threaded rods, some are made of potmetal and break easily (ask my now I know...)
     

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