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Old 11-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Pick guard screws can affect intonation & action?

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While playing on my guitar, I noticed some rattling coming from where one of the screws holding the pick guard in position was kinda loose. So, I picked up a screw driver and tightened it and the rattling went away, however, I noticed that the intonation and action of my low E string went out of whack. I then loosened the screw, and it alleviated that issue.

Is it normal that how far you tighten the pick guard screws can affect your guitar's intonation and even its action?

Thanks for any insights!

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Old 11-10-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure it wouldn't, perhaps you knocked it at some point? Unless your pickguard was somehow blocking the trem maybe... I dunno, I've never heard of this happening before.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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that is pretty much impossible... The only thing that would throw off intonation would be if the pickguard was somehow touching the string before it got to the bridge.
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What kind of guitar? If its a very light hollow body with a very heavy pickguard (like cast iron), perhaps the pickguard is changing the shape of the guitar. I don't think I've ever seen a pickguard stronger than a guitar neck.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:14 PM   #6
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I'd say impossible. Show us the guitar and the screw, perhaps it's not actually a pickgaurd screw.
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