My own ‘64 Strat on the operating table. I’ve owned this guitar for many years. Got it from a dear friend who first spotted it on stage at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in 1966. He pursued it until the original owner was ready to sell. I’m glad he did, because it is my favorite guitar in the world! The pickguard is nitrocellulose, and it shrinks with age. Most eventually crack at the neck pickup, which is a real drag. Once they crack, they tend to buckle up and make adjusting the bass side of the neck pickup all but impossible. Ten years or so ago this pickguard started showing a faint line at the crack point. Now it has opened up into a real crack, but thankfully not broken through yet. I decided to stop it now while I still can. So time to modify (gasp) the old Strat. A thin layer if carbon fiber laminated to the underside of the ‘guard should keep further shrinkage at bay. First time I’ve had this thing open in 20 years or so. I hate taking old guitars apart for no reason. The old “never f*ck with a running system” thing. But this had to be done, and it turned out great. Phew!