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Fender® American Elite HSS Strat® Acrylic Pickguard Fabrication
steps for creating one of our Acrylic
pickguards with the rounded and polished
edge for the new American Elite HSS Strat®.
insight into the work that goes into
creating one of these unique pickguards.
Cut out pickguard
from sheet of Acrylic with CNC laser.
Affix laser cut pickguard
to routing template and route pickguards curved perimeter to create rounded edge.
Sand pickguards rounded perimeter edge with 220 and 400 grit sandpaper to remove artifacts left behind from high-speed router.
Polish pickguards rounded perimeter edge using a
buffing wheel machine with a special cotton buffing
wheel and dry polish compound used specifically for Acrylic.
polish and wipe down of polished rounded
perimeter edge with Kleenmaster Brillianize on a
cotton ball and buff clean with dry cotton ball.
This gives the rounded edge a nice high
polished shine and removes any dry polish
residue that may be left behind from the
Countersink the 11 perimeter pickguard mounting
Drill hole in pickguard for Fender’s® “Passing Lane”
push-button switch. Location of this hole is dependent on
protective paper backing from rear side.
Mask off small rectangular area around passing lane
switch hole and sand this area to allow good
adhesion of passing lane switch mounting block to
Clean pickguards rear side control region in
preparation for adhesion of copper foil shielding.
Apply 4” x 5” copper foil shielding tape in
pickguards control region. X-Acto knife trim
perimeter of copper foil shielding tape for final
match of pickguard shape. Pressure squeegee copper
foil shielding tape against pickguard for smoothing and adhesion.
X-Acto knife trim/remove all pickguard control
region pass-through holes in copper foil shielding
X-Acto knife trim/remove copper foil shielding tape
in the “Passing Lane” switch mounting block region
so the switch mounting block will adhere only to the
Acrylic pickguard material.
sticker. Polish pickguards
back side with Kleenmaster Brillianize.
Lane" switch mounting location with alcohol
based cleaner to remove any polishing
residue so switch mounting block will adhere
sufficiently when glued in place.
protective front side paper backing and
polish the pickguards surface with Kleenmaster
Glue “Passing Lane”
switch mounting block to back side of
pickguard using a special 2 part epoxy for
plastics. Let epoxy cure for at least 20
minutes before further handling of
Remove any epoxy
that has squeezed out into “Passing Lane”
switch pass-through hole so there is no
obstruction within the central portion of
switch mounting block. Use of the proper
size reamer tool removes excess epoxy
pickguard, date and initial inspection
Clean entire pickguard with pressurized air
to remove any dust or lint and heat
shrink wrap pickguard for packing/shipping.
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