|Item # ACR-SPG-DIY
Manufactured Black 1
Ply 0.120" Acrylic Pickguard with Rounded
Standard 11 Hole or
'57 Vintage 8 Hole -
This is a DIY Kit
Where You Will Perform The Final Sanding and Polishing
of the Perimeter Edge
An OverDrive Custom Guitar Works
A very unique feature of
our custom manufactured Black 1 Ply 0.120"
Acrylic pickguard is the rounded and polished edge,
but this black 1 ply 0.120"
Acrylic pickguard does not its perimeter edge sanded and
polished, you will be performing all the final sanding and
polishing of the rounded edge. This rounded edge is
the same style of pickguard found on Gilmour's Black
Strat® with one exception; this
pickguard will not have the small slot for
the recessed mini-toggle switch to protrude through,
this feature has been removed from the design based on numerous customer
These pickguards are
manufactured on an "As
Ordered" basis. There is up to 14 day build time on
Is Available With The Following Features
Black Acrylic 1 ply, 0.120" thickness.
- Rounded perimeter
- Standard 11 hole or '57
Vintage 8 hole.
- Accepts 3 standard single
coil pickups (SSS).
- Standard 3/8"
potentiometer mounting holes
- Perimeter mounting holes are countersunk.
- Pickup and
selector switch mounting holes are NOT countersunk,
they will require round head mounting
- Shielding is not included, it is
up to you to decide how you want to shield it.
Above pickguard shown shown with rounded
perimeter edge and brown protective backing
paper still affixed. Ready for your final
sanding and polishing of the rounded perimeter
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.
A black Acrylic pickguard after
we created the rounded perimeter edge, this is how your pickguard edge will
look unsanded and unpolished.
HOW TO FINISH YOUR PICKGUARD
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,
do NOT wet sand it 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, it'll protect the
surfaces. 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, 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
Pickguard Mounting Hole Pattern
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning on using a 22
fret neck with this 0.120" thick pickguard some body and
neck combinations may
experience clearance issues with the 22'nd fret overhang
coming in contact with the surface pickguard. However, if you can measure the clearance
between the underside of your 22'nd fret overhang and the top of your
current 0.90" thick 3 ply pickguard and you can measure at least 0.035" then the
Black 1 Ply 0.120" Rounded and Polished Edge Acrylic
pickguard should work fine.
Typical automotive feeler gauges should work fine to
determine this clearance or you could use an old "D"
string (0.035") and see if it will slip underneath your
22'nd fret overhang, this is a simple tool that works
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
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.
Each pickguard is custom manufactured for
each customer and cannot be exchanged or