#1
Hey, Im planning on making a nice mirror-like shiny pickguard for my LTD EX-260. Ive made a template out of bristol board and i know someone who can cut it for me. What is a good metal to use for this thing? I was thinking aluminum but my dad can get a good deal on stainless steel but i was reading that the steel might interfere with the pickups?
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#3
try using a fabrication sheet metal. like for a/c ducts. its mirrored and its easy to cut
#4
ground it, it won't interfere. Aluminum would be good, sheet metal might be cool, but make sure its of decent thickness.
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#5
I did that before. I used sheet metal. 18 guage. It was tough to cut with the jig saw though, so parts are a bit wobbly, but it adds character and looks cool. I did a quick scuff sand and painted mine though with engine enamel. No chips yet. And it looks good, and works as shielding.
#6
Go with the stainless. It's less magnetic than steel, and harder than both steel and aluminum.
#7
Sheet metal isn't a type of metal you realise?

Polished copper.
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#12
Stainless Steel is non magnetic. I would go for 304 stainless instead of 316 since you don't need all the chemical resistance of 316. If you can get the pickguard drawn up on cad you may be able to get a fabrication place to cut it for you on a CNC mill.
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I did that before. I used sheet metal. 18 guage. It was tough to cut with the jig saw though, so parts are a bit wobbly, but it adds character and looks cool. I did a quick scuff sand and painted mine though with engine enamel. No chips yet. And it looks good, and works as shielding.


That is very cool. How did you cut it?
#14
I just used a jig saw with a metal blade and had at it. Cut it just larger then my line. I used a board under it hanging over the bench so I wouldnt cut the bench. I had to keep my cutting really close to the board though or else the metal would flap around and bend. If it did, I just took out a rubber mallet and flattened it back down. The Pup sports were a pain to cut. It also took for ever to do, and some of the edges are a bit wavy, as is warped because I couldn't get it to go perfectly flat after it shook. I just took a file to it after to smooth off the edges and bring everything to size. Then I just drilled everything. I ran into problems drilling the bigger holes though. But what I did to fix that was just used a small pilot hole, and then drilled the big hole into a piece of scrap, and clamped the hole over where I wanted the hole to be, and drilled it like that. If I didn't do that, the bit was tearing the metal. After a scuff sand, and spray. Its got some awsome character to it, and when played unplugged, it sounds a little bit louder then other unplugged electrics.
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Sheet metal isn't a type of metal you realise?

Polished copper.


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#16
1/16" mirrored plexiglas, easy to work with, looks great but can be hard to find sometimes
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diomond plated copper
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