An OverDrive Custom Guitar Works
A very unique feature of our
custom Black 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguard is the rounded and
polished edge. Your typical Strat® pickguard has a
beveled 45° edge which can be found on just about any Strat® for the
last 50+ years, but we're going to change that....
This black 1 ply 0.120" thick
Acrylic pickguard with the rounded and polished 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
We offer three options for shielding;
1) No shielding,
2) copper foil shielding in the control
region only (click for illustration
of this style of shielding) or
3) full coverage aluminum shield.
The full coverage aluminum shield is a '62
style genuine Fender® #
001-9699-049 that is 0.012" thick and mounts
underneath the pickguard in-between the controls, it is
not adhered to pickguard with adhesive.
It will have to be mounted upside down for it to be left
handed, but that has no detriment to its function.
Click here to see an illustration
of the full coverage aluminum shield installed.
These pickguards are
manufactured on an "As
Ordered" basis. There is up to 14 day build time on
Is Available With The Following Features
IMPORTANT ACRYLIC CLEANING NOTE:
When cleaning any Acrylic pickguard or back
plate ONLY USE the following approved
cleaners. Use of any other cleaning product
may damage the Acrylic.
- Novus #1, Plastic
Clean and Shine.
Both of these products
can be purchased from a company called
Plastics". Here is a direct link to the
item page for the
and here is a
link for the
have the matching counterpart back plate to go
along with these pickguards that is also Black 1 Ply 0.120"
Acrylic with a Rounded and Polished Edge.
The rounded and polished pickguard
edge as depicted on a completed guitar.
Each of our 1 ply 0.120”
Acrylic pickguards with the rounded and
polished edge are custom hand 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 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 there the pickguards
rounded edge is hand sanded with a fine
sandpaper to remove any tooling marks left
behind by the router bit. The
smoothly sanded rounded edge can then be
polished with a special
buffing wheel and a polishing compound used
exclusively for Acrylic which creates the
highly polished and glossy rounded edge.
The pickguards mounting holes are then
countersunk, copper foil shielding tape is
applied to the control region and a final
polishing of the entire pickguard is
completed. It’s a fairly long process to
create one of these unique pickguards, but
we feel that final product is one that
stands above the typical Strat® pickguard
that have been produced the same way for
over 50 years. This unique rounded and
polished pickguard edge is only available on
our Black or White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic
pickguards. Pickup and 5-way switch mounting
holes are not countersunk and require round
head mounting screws.
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
if you are adding the
Full Coverage Aluminum Pickguard Shield
to your order, you will be adding 0.012" to the overall
pickguard thickness, so be sure to factor in this
additional figure into your measurements of your 22'nd
fret overhang clearance.
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