I'm working on a friend's acoustic and he wanted his pickguard replaced So I scraped the old guard off and it has this HORRIBLE adhesive residue. My question is, can I safely remove it with like.. rubbing alcohol (in small amounts on a towel) or somehow soften it up so it's easier to scrape off without harming the finish? 'Cos this is a total b@#$% and a half..

ive had good luck with lighter fluid in the past, and a more expensive solution is something called "goo-gone".

goo gone works a bit better, but makes my hands feel disgusting. id go with lighter fluid
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I second the goo gone, its a fairly low strength solvent... it wont harm the guitar Ive used it before to remove stickers from craigslist bought guitars..