#1


Since I'm buying a Strat within the next few weeks, I've been thinking about getting a metal pickguard and pimping it out a little. Where can I get one like the one in the picture, that covers everything EXCEPT the pickguard? (Oh, and is it still called a pickguard?)

How hard are they to install? How much do they cost?
#2
To get an engraved one?? Probably a lot, I've never seen those pickguards other than on custom guitars... Its gonna be insanely hard to do... Cause 1, the strat has no holes to drill a thing like that to the front of the body, and 2, the strats body isnt flat...
I don't know how much you're spending on the actual guitar, but if its not a lot then don't bother, get a better sounding guitar... No point making one look good then it sound like bullshit... But if it's gonna be say an american strat, then i'd wait and get a guitar from a custom shop that has some stuff like this cause getting one custom made especially will probably cost maybe 100-200 dollars... and then putting it on the actual guitar involves drilling holes into it. I personally wouldn't bother, I'd get a guitar that'll already look cool enough without putting stuff on it... For example, a nice fender stratocaster :P
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#3
I've been looking to etch a few pedal enclosures and what I've read (I assume it's similar to etching a pedal) it isn't an "insanely hard process. You could always try to find a plain metal pickguard and etch it yourself. Which I would assume would be much cheaper.
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#4
I don't know how much you're spending on the actual guitar, but if its not a lot then don't bother, get a better sounding guitar... No point making one look good then it sound like bullshit... But if it's gonna be say an american strat, then i'd wait and get a guitar from a custom shop that has some stuff like this cause getting one custom made especially will probably cost maybe 100-200 dollars... and then putting it on the actual guitar involves drilling holes into it. I personally wouldn't bother, I'd get a guitar that'll already look cool enough without putting stuff on it... For example, a nice fender stratocaster :P


Well if I were to do this, I'd get it done onto a Lonestar Strat, which in and of itself is a fantastic instrument... but I'm assuming that these would be really expensive to find.
#5
Can you draw? Etching is not difficult. Trace out a Strat pick guard and have at it.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5979945_etch-metal.html


DaMarsbarPerson, I'm not trying to be a dick because you might be giving me information here I just don't understand. Can you explain:
1, the strat has no holes to drill a thing like that to the front of the body

and
2, the strats body isnt flat...
#7
Razbo yeah what I mean is... The picture of what he's showing isn't actually a pickguard... its to go on top of the body itself... and the strat's body isn't a flat surface like for example a gibson explorer
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#8
Quote by DaMarsbarPerson
Razbo yeah what I mean is... The picture of what he's showing isn't actually a pickguard... its to go on top of the body itself... and the strat's body isn't a flat surface like for example a gibson explorer


Yer right. That pic covers everything on the Tele except the pickguard
#9
Can you draw? Etching is not difficult. Trace out a Strat pick guard and have at it.


Actually.. I'm not a bad artist. I'll try and make my own!