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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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All possible ways to protect mirrored pickguard from scratch

I would like to get some advices, especially from those who makes guyitars, or succesfully solved this problem.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 01:51 PM
 
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Um. It's a pickguard. Its entire purpose is to BE scratched.
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Yes. I understand that. But... There always is some "but". I'd name this question as "a wish to keep the guitar in the best condition as long as possible, but not having the guitar yet"
I just want to try to prepare my self for having such incredible guitar as Jem
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Well, you have three options:

1. Buy a second pickguard and swap it in for the factory mirrored guard. If you decide you want to sell the guitar, put the original factory pickguard back and it'll be like new.

2. Alter your picking style so you don't scratch the face of the guitar. I don't like pickguards on my guitars, but i've also never put a pick scratch on any of my guitars, as far as i know. Dunno why... it's just the way i play, i suppose.

3. Don't play it.



The problem with mirrored pickguards is that any tiny imperfection on the surface is doubled in appearance.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 03:22 PM
 
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get some of that clear static cling vinyl and cut it to match the shape of your guard, or at least to put over the section you would touch when you play. Then you won't be scratching the guard, and it will protect the finish, when you want to take it off it simply peels off. It's the same stuff as those static cling sheets they make window decals with.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 04:46 PM
 
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is it possible to stick that stuff on the base saddles of the bridge on a 7vwh? You know, to protect from wear?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 06:00 PM
 
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not really, pieces that small would just fall off, I honestly think you'd have better luck with scotch tape put over it, then at least it's a really inexpensive way to replace the material, try that maybe, just put a strip of scotch tape over the saddles and on the side of the trem, it might work, I don't knw, I've never tried.
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You could have a stainless steel one, or polished aluminium one made up and then replace the plastic mirror guard that comes with the guitar with that. The stainless steel won't scratch as easily...

The plastic mirror guards tend to pick up a lot of finger nail scratches...

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2003, 10:25 AM
 
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3M makes some pretty wide, pretty thick, clear vinyl tape. Duct tape width, but clear and strong. Home Depot is your friend!

You could lay some even strips on the pickguard but it may reflect light differently.

I bet you could put this on the trem baseplate and trim it pretty tight.
Across the saddles, though? Sounds tricky. Try it, see if you like it.
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Once you get it all scratched up you will realize how cool it looks
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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 06:28 AM
 
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Keep your nails short and play carefully?

BTW, do Ibanez sell the pickguards seperately?
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-23-2003, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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In fact I looked at pickguard on my guitar and realized that is not scratched after one year of active use! So, may be I even won't need to protect the pickguard)

O God! When will they give me my JEM!!!!????? I can't wait anymore!
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Keep your nails short and play carefully?

BTW, do Ibanez sell the pickguards seperately?
I dont believe Ibanez sells them separately. Youd have to go through a custom shop and have one special made. Atleast the mirrored ones. I havent seen those things anywhere
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Of course Ibanez sells pickguards seperate, You'd have to order it, no dealer is going to stock 100 different pickguards,.
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Yeh - like Rich said - they do sell them.

I wanted to get a mirror scratchplate once from Ibanez....
but was told they would be £75!!

So obviously i didnt get one
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