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  1. #1

    Join Date: Feb 2010
    Location: Laramie, Wyoming
    ME: Jackson AT Pro
    Rig: Rivera K Tre

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    Help me out on pickguard ideas.

    So I've posted about this guitar enough you all know the story. Bitching explorer, etc. etc. etc. I'm overhauling it to a ridiculous extent to get the most bitching black and gold theme to man going.

    So I finally dropped in the EMG 81. Been playing it a bit. Not sure it was the right choice or whether it was a waste of a tone-ful guitar (all relationships with EMGs should be love/hate), but whatever, I'm sticking with the razor attack for now because it looks really bitching.

    The stock pickguard on this was a fucking bummer and I wanted to replace it with a bitching aircraft aluminum one. The one I bought was sick, but explorer pickguards have multiple formats (72 RI vs regular vs god knows what else) and it didn't fit.

    Being that I don't fucking use neck humbuckers (don't feel like shelling out $130 for a gold one I'll never use) and would much prefer a single and I had an EMG SAX laying around for years anyways and it needs a new pickguard, if I was able to do a custom guard that would rule and made it have the same config as an explorer 90 I think that would kind of rule. Opinions?

    I won't drill any new holes for mounting a custom guard. But it has to cover the route for the neck pickup and mount using the neck pickup mounting ring holes. I'm just going to buy a sheet of metal and bandsaw it out myself with a diamond blade, since tons of people in my family have shops anyways Anyone think this is possible to make look good? I'm shit at designing stuff, but I think it would look bitching if the lines flowed enough.

    Explorer 90 config for reference:

    Worth trying? Or should I just shell out the ~$300 for another guard that fits and a matching neck humbucker? If a custom pickguard could look cool, I really dig the HS look.

  2. #2

    Join Date: Jun 2006
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    Screw the neck bucker. Get a custom pickguard with one hum and that's it.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Aug 2012
    Location: Chicago, Il
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt C View Post
    Screw the neck bucker. Get a custom pickguard with one hum and that's it.

    Also: why not keep the knobs in, just uninstalled? It'd look better IMO, but to each their own.
    ^ probably sarcasm.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Dec 2010
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    I would leave it as is but I also don't give a shit if my guitars look like they've been through a chop shop. Alternatively you could just buy a gold pickup cover and slap it in the mounting ring to give it the look of having a neck pickup and then trace the pickguard onto some diamond plate and cut it out.
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  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2011
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    If it was black guitar Id say get that magical snake skin (as snake skin is straight up metal as fuck) guard but it wouldn't go with the brown. Black as your soul looks cool already.
    Vag Jackson, Man Of Action

  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Lake District, UK
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    You could get a humbucker sized ring that is routed just for a single. I've seen those on here before. Personally, I'd stick a brushed gold 60 in there.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Leave the pickguard and just get a matching EMG.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2013
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    I gotta side with don on this one

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