DIY_Handmade Pickguard

DSC_1355 Today's project was in collaboration with my friend Jake. We've designed a pick guard in the past (see it below) that was painted onto a store-bought pick guard for his guitar. For this project, we wanted to take it another step and make the pick guard ourselves. I chose basswood for the material because I work with it at school often and it can be cut with an xacto knife. Perhaps this will be the perfect gift for the musician in your life!

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Here's the example of the other pick guard we made over the summer. Let's get started with the tutorial!

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Here are the supplies you will need: an existing pick guard to trace, a pencil, basswood with a decent thickness, paint pens, a drill, and not pictured: screws and an xacto knife.

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Trace the outline of the pick guard onto the basswood with your pencil. Also mark the holes for the screws.

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Drill two holes into the wood for the screws. Pay attention to the size of the holes. The pick guard we are working with had two different hole sizes because the screws are different sizes.

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Before painting, I traced the pick guard in my sketchbook and sketched some design ideas. We decided on a sugar skull design with roses and spiderwebs.

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After sketching the design onto the pick guard, I filled it in using Sharpie paint pens.

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After painting the design, cut it out using an xacto knife or box cutter. I suggest using a sharp blade (mine was pretty dull unfortunately) and make sure you cut on a cutting mat or work table.

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After screwing on the pick guard, here is the final product!

If you'll notice in the close up photo, the top of my pick guard where the second screw attaches has broken off. This unfortunately happened when I was cutting it out because my knife was dull. If you are careful and use a sharp blade, this shouldn't happen and you'll have great final product!

If you're interested in me painting you a custom pick guard, I have added a new listing to my Etsy shop for just that! Check it out here

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