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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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help finding 555BK pickguard template

Need help finding an accurate template to create a custom pickguard (pg) for my JEM 555bk modding project. Long story short- the "custom" loaded pg I purchased from (fe)eBay didn't really fit the 555 and the etched vines in the pg proved to be very disruptive to my picking technique (or lack thereof). So, my guitar guru and I have designed a custom-made one but we need an accurate template to ensure compatibility. My luthier tried purchasing a 555 pg to use as a template but the supplier seems to have become very evasive about delivering. Anyone have suggestions? Anyone have a 555bk that they could create a to-scale template from?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

Maybe I need to go about this differently- can anyone confirm which JEM models would have pickguards matching to the 555bk's? Do all the JEM models share the same pickguard size/specs?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 12:24 AM
 
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

I'm pretty sure any RG/jem HSH guard should fit, every pick guard varies in the hole location, that is hard to be avoided.
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

Not meaning to be a pest, but I used a replacement pick guard made specifically for a JEM and not only did the screw holes not match up but the pick ups holes and trem opening were off as well. I eventually managed to shave down the areas that were binding and it was working but my guitar tech had a slight accident that resulted in the pg needing to be replaced. Thus far, every custom pg manufacturer has wanted template specs specifically from the 555bk model in order to make me a custom pg. Cannot seem to find them and I'm not really interested in purchasing a 555bk guard at 60 bucks or more just to use that as the template....
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

You can get them from the Ibanez parts department:

http://www.ibanez.com/parts/2004_PAR...pickguard.html



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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

jsv, we have one laying around in the factory somewhere. Its an original 555 (blacl pearloid) replacement guard. Email us if you need it.
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Re: help finding 555BK pickguard template

for what it's worth........a pickguard from any pre-2011 RG350 will work for you....... The 555 was based on the 350 platform which had different pickup placement and (obviously) a different trem route from the RG550/Jem layout.

Hopefully ET can get you sorted quickly
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