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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Changing pickguard-mounted pickups to direct mount

Hello all! My main guitar (that I bought way back in 1991) in my red Ibanez RG770DX...and although I absolutely love it, I never really liked the fact that the pickups are mounted to the clear pickguard...I actually don't like the clear guard, since dirt and crap gets under it and it always looks dirty. For this reason, I want to get rid of my pickguard, but the pickups are mounted to it. I've done some of my own repair work to the guitar, so I know a little how it's put hard is it to direct mount the pickups on this guitar? I still have the factory USA pickups, and will probably change pickups as well. Any suggestions or any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 01:12 PM
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Re: Changing pickguard-mounted pickups to direct mount

meh, I would just leave it. There will be holes you need to fill after removing guard
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 01:40 PM
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Re: Changing pickguard-mounted pickups to direct mount

Yeah, the whole "direct mount vs. pickguard mount" gets WAY more attention than it should, IMO - there's not enough difference between the two to make an audible difference in tone, keeping all other variables the same.

If you don't like dirt getting under the clear pickguard, change it out to something that isn't a clear pickguard.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-04-2014, 11:43 PM
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Re: Changing pickguard-mounted pickups to direct mount

What Drew said ^
Non clear PG
Stuff a bunch of foam under and around the pickups it will give the same effect as screwing them right into the wood (well close anyway and yeah you probably can't hear the difference especially with a hi gain amp)
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 03:25 AM
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Re: Changing pickguard-mounted pickups to direct mount

You can get clear pickguards on certain online auction sites that are cut for direct-mount pickups. I used to have one when I was working on a PMC clone. Personally if it was my guitar I'd direct-mount the pickups but use one of those pickguards so I wasn't stuck with ugly screw holes.
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