Fixing a warped pickguard--oven method? or...?

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  1. Beakertwang

    Beakertwang Supporting Member

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    Just picked up this guitar from GC used. It's in excellent shape, but the pickguard is warped pretty bad. I've been reading about putting it in an oven at 180 degrees, then weighing it down. Makes me a bit nervous. Anyone do this? Other methods?

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  2. Chris Pile

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    Get a new pickguard....
     
  3. gkoelling

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    Excellent idea!
     
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    On advice, I put a towel over it, and hit it with a hot iron, then stacked a few heavy books on it. Seemed to do the trick.
     
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    yes, ive done this before. it works.
     
  6. Bluesdaddy

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    I've tried the oven method and destroyed a pickguard.
    It was a tele pickguard and wouldn't fit around the neck after cooling it with books placed on it. I put it back in several times an ended up with a big mess of a pickguard that looked like it was in a house fire.
     
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  7. cjp54

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    Keep in mind the guard or the guitar may just have the screw holes in the wrong place causing the guard to buckle.
     
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    Another screw in there would pull it down.
     
  9. Boris Bubbanov

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    Take a look under the hood of that Nashville. It could be someone has trapped wires, etc. between the floor of the pool rout and the bottom of your Tex Mex middle pickup.

    Also.

    Be very careful with this specific type of pickguard material - this "tort" stuff is more problematic than most usual pickguard materials. It might not burst into flame like nitro film but it could be pretty unstable.

    Once you have everything out from under this pickguard, you could provide some supplemental attachment of the middle pickup to the pool floor (once you know the height of that pickup you want and then in turn anchor the pickguard down with the pup adjustment screws. You could use sheet metal screws with a similar appearance to their heads to what you have. It would be much more invisible.

    I just retired the one warped tort Nashville PG I had and did SSL-1s like this, single ply:

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    Great looking Tele Boris!!
     
  11. raja

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    I would just have one made out of exotic woods!
     
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    I've done the same with a Strat pickguard.

    Whoever started this oven method rumor should be shot.
     
  13. mike shaw

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    "On advice, I put a towel over it, and hit it with a hot iron,"

    A friend of mine tried that on a warped record. Ended up with a fuzzy, warped record!
     
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