I have direct mount pickups on my newest guitar, a Warmoth Diamondback. Aligning them center and getting the perfect height (without foam underneath to help) is a pain! I had the strings hovering over the sides of the polepieces which was good enough for me, but after adjusting the height, mysteriously, the big E string is completely off the polepiece and the A string is barely grazing the parallel airspace. During my numerous and failed attempts to get both center alignment and height preference, my screwdriver slipped and I made a scratch on the guitar body! As you can imagine, I wasn't too happy about that... but still, nothing I can't fix. (I already have a more serious dink on my body, mysteriously, so my heart was already broken in for additional heartbreak haha) Anyway so I decided to build a body shield to prevent this blunder from happening again. The final product humored me so thought I share it with y'all haha Doubt anyone cares but here are some details haha. I cut down a cardboard crate that originally held six olive oil bottles. I didn't use the part that had stain rings. Anyway, the cardboard is really thick; it's much thicker than standard cardboard found in postal packages. And while cutting and shaping and taping, I pretty much winged it (imagine that? ). Only time I lined things up and made marks with a pen was for the pickups and the area of the pickup screws. Then I taped the cardboard pieces together with packaging tape and created my shield! I'm sure if Captain America was in a surf band, this shield would make even him envious! (not) The shield is composed of 2 main pieces, or "wings" as I call it, and a few smaller parts. This makes it easy to assemble and disassemble the shield, with or without strings on. There's a left wing and a right wing. There's an individual strip between the TOM and stoptail, not taped to anything. There's two individual strips intersecting between the knobs, not taped either. And there's a small "wing" or should I say "feather" covering the space between the selector switch and the knobs. Hasn't had its trial run yet but going to in a minute! Btw sorry for the cruddy photo. My phone is very low tier and didn't feel like busting out my girlfriend's DSLR just for this haha. I need an iPhone, Galaxy, or L-something! And lastly, for the curious-minded, here's a breakdown of my initial issue. The center alignment would shift as I screw in the humbucker. The lead wire is pretty snug and wants to pull the humbucker towards the controls and the polepieces away from the E and A string, but I can work around that as long as I have a firm grip on it (or so I thought). I was adamant that I could get the same results that I had before (fairly aligned polepieces) since no changes were made since, to the direct-mount holes or anything. Maybe somehow the holes became outta whack... Who knows?