|Item # 4031P-DIY
Manufactured Gilmour Style Black Strat® DIY Pickguard, Bracket
and Switch Kit
Featuring Our Custom
Fabricated 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic Pickguards With The
With This Kit You Will Complete The Sanding And
Polishing Of The Pickguard Perimeter Edge
Components Included With This Pickguard, Bracket and
Pickguard Shown With Brown Protective
Paper Backing Affixed.
Close-up detail of
how the Acrylic pickguards rounded perimeter edge
should look once you have sanded it smoothly and polished it to a high
gloss shine. Shown mounted on
completed guitar for illustration purposes only.
Close-up detail of recessed
mini-toggle switch as mounted in pickguard. Knobs,
switch, switch tip and screws are NOT included in this kit, shown for
illustration purposes only of how the mini-toggle switch
appears in a completed assembly. Optional green lettered and
numbered knob sets
A black Acrylic pickguard after
we created the rounded perimeter edge, this is how your pickguard edge will
look unsanded and unpolished.
Bracket and Switch Kit Description, Sanding and
With this DIY (Do It Yourself) Gilmour style Black
Strat pickguard, bracket and switch kit you will perform
the final sanding and polishing of the pickguard's rounded perimeter
edge. We have already created the
rounded edge and countersunk all the perimeter mounting
Each of our 1 ply 0.120” Acrylic
pickguards with the rounded edge are custom manufactured
in our shop specifically for each customer. They start
off being cut out of a sheet of Acrylic with a CNC
laser which creates the basic pickguard shape with all
holes and cutouts. We then create the pickguards
round-over perimeter edge effect by hand with a table
router where the pickguard is affixed to a routing
template where we trim the pickguard to it’s final size
and create the rounded perimeter edge. From here is
where you will hand sand the pickguards rounded
perimeter edge with a fine sandpaper to remove any
tooling marks left behind by the router bit.
Typically you should start out using a 220 grit
sandpaper and then work your way to a 400 grit
sandpaper, you will want to dry sand the perimeter edge,
it is actually best NOT to do it wet since water will
damage the brown protective backing paper. It is best to
leave the brown surface protective paper affixed during
the sanding of the perimeter edge. The smoothly
sanded rounded perimeter edge can then be polished
to create the glossy rounded edge effect. We countersink
the pickguards perimeter mounting holes in our shop, so
you won't need to do that. You will decide how you
want to shield the back side of the pickguard, shielding
tape is not included in this kit, you can use either
copper or aluminum foil adhesive tape, both are
effective. Be sure to apply any shielding to the back
side of the pickguard before you remove the brown
surface protective paper from the top side of pickguard,
this will prevent any damage or scratches to the
surface. Only remove the surface or top sides
brown protective paper when all other steps are
complete. The pickup and 5-way switch mounting holes are
not countersunk and require round head mounting screws.
To clean and polish
the surface of
your Acrylic pickguard you will need the following are
items; an old clean
and very soft 100% white cotton terrycloth towel or an
old clean and very soft 100% white cotton T-shirt, pressurized air can and an Acrylic
cleaner such as
Novus #1 "Plastic Clean and Shine"
occasion you may wish to remove some
fine scratches from an Acrylic pickguard and the
#2 "Fine Scratch Remover" is the perfect 1'st step
cleaning product choice for this task followed up with
Novus #1 or Kleenmaster Brillianize.
The Novus #3 as a first step and then Novus #2 as a
second step are good for polishing the finely sanded
perimeter edge to a high gloss. For world-wide distribution and Acrylic cleaning product availability
contact the manufacturers directly at
DO NOT use any other products to
clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may damage it, use
only products specifically approved for cleaning or
feature of this kit is the recessed mini toggle
switch. It's a unique feature that is synonymous
with Gilmour's Black Strat. We manufacture our
switch mounting bracket from a sturdy piece of custom
formed stainless steel that is strong and easily
mountable underneath the volume and tone potentiometers.
It is not a permanent piece of the pickguard, but when
installed becomes an integral part of it. The
function of this recessed mini-toggle switch is to
provide you with two additional pickup selection
positions. This includes the bridge and neck
pickups selected together in parallel with one another
which is similar in tone as a Telecaster and the second
additional pickup selection is to have all three pickups
selected together in parallel.
Custom Gilmour Style Black Strat® DIY Pickguard, Bracket and
Switch Kit Includes The Following
Your choice of one of the following five custom
manufactured 1 ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguards with
the rounded edge. Pickup and selector switch mounting holes are
not countersunk and require round head mounting
Shielding is not included.
- Black 1 Ply
0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
- Black 1 Ply 0.120"
Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8
- Black 1 Ply
0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole - Reverse
Angle Bridge Pickup (Limited Edition)
White 1 Ply
0.120" Acrylic, Standard 11 Hole
White 1 Ply 0.120"
Acrylic, '57 Vintage 8
manufactured stainless steel recessed mini-toggle switch mounting
- SPDT mini
toggle switch (for neck/bridge pickup selection).
- Black Strat® wiring diagram with
neck/bridge pickup modification. We will provide you with this wiring diagram via email
when your order is invoiced.
LIMITED TIME OFFER
- REVERSE ANGLE BRIDGE PICKUP ACRYLIC PICKGUARD
For a limited time we are
offering a reverse angle bridge pickup in our Black
1 Ply 0.120’' Acrylic pickguard's with the standard
11 hole mounting pattern. Typically the bridge
pickup on a Strat is rotated at a 10 degree angle
in reference to the other two pickups where the treble E string pole piece
is closer to the
bridge than the bass E string pole piece. This unique pickguard's reverse angle bridge pickup is rotated the opposite
10 degree angle where the bass E string pole piece
closer to the bridge and the treble E string pole
piece is further away from the bridge. This would
create a bridge pickup tonality the same as what
Jimi Hendrix would of have experienced since he
played a right handed guitar strung up and played left handed.
This results in a reverse-angled bridge pickup with
more high-end bite on the bass strings and a warmer
sound on the treble strings.
the tone of the middle two strings will essentially
go unchanged since there is very little change in
their position relative to the bridge.
NOTE: A very important
aspect to consider if selecting this reverse angle
bridge pickup pickguard is that you need to have a
Humbucker bridge pickup routing in your body or the
large “swimming pool” pickup routing to accommodate
the reverse angle of the bridge pickup as it sits down into
your body cavity. A typical SSS (3 single
coil) routed Strat® body
will not accept this reverse angle bridge pickup
without customization to your body with a router in
the bridge pickup region.
The production run of these reverse angle bridge
pickguard's is limited to a quantity of 42 and once
they’re gone there won’t be any more.
Your Choice Of Pickguard
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and are not
associated with OverDrive Custom
Guitar Works. Those trademarked names,
manufacturers or individuals are used solely to identify the
products of those manufacturers or individuals whose tones,
sounds and visual similarities were studied
during research, design and product creation.
Typical turn-around time from order placement to
shipment is up to 14 days. Holiday work-loads
sometimes may increase turn-around time, but keep in
mind, we don't waste any time in getting these prepared,
packed and shipped on their way to you.
By purchasing this assembly kit
you acknowledge that you are aware that some Strat® bodies are NOT 100% compatible and some pickguard perimeter
mounting holes may need adjusting on your body.
Each pickguard is custom manufactured
for each customer and cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Occasionally we find very small cosmetic imperfections in the surface of our
Acrylic pickguards, typically they are small bubbles or
and sometimes thin lines.
This is not something we consider as defective since
they are an effect of the Acrylic casting / handling process.
Unfortunately we cannot determine if any Acrylic
pickguard is going to have any of these imperfections
until the entire pickguard manufacturing procedures are
complete, so there is no way to pick and choose a
"perfect" pickguard for a project beforehand. For the
most part it's a non-issue and inconsequential and we
will never let any pickguard go out that we feel has any
undesirable characteristic that is obviously
unacceptable. We've made over a thousand of these
pickguards and some have these characteristics and no
one has yet felt the need to complain. With that
being said, we just felt it was best to make sure you
were aware of these possibilities to avoid any
Some import Strat's (MIM,
MIJ), Squier's or "Look-Alike" Strat® bodies may
not be 100% compatible with the pickguard
perimeter mounting holes and some adjustment may
be needed on your body. Our custom manufactured
Acrylic pickguards have the exact same perimeter
mounting hole pattern as genuine American Fender® Strat® pickguards, so as long your body mounting
holes line up with those, then you should not
experience any problem.
Acrylic pickguards and
back plates are more fragile than the typical
vinyl ones most are familiar with. Always use
the utmost of care when installing components
into an Acrylic pickguard, never tighten any
fastener too tight and never tighten any
perimeter mounting screw any tighter than just
to the point where the screw barely snugs the
pickguard or back plate down to the surface of
the body. Never flex or put undue pressure
on any part of the Acrylic pickguard or back
plate or you will break it.