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Old 12-05-2022, 11:40 AM
Howard Emerson Howard Emerson is offline
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Default New pick guard for the old L-5

As is typical with many old floating pickguards made of celluloid, the pick guard on my 1930 TGL-5 started to decompose, and the out-gassing causes metal parts near the scene of the crime to react badly.

I found a half finished pick guard on eBay, and aside from the binding on the back needing to be scraped flush, it was ready for a new bracket block and screw hole.

Here's some pictures. The first shows the rot around the screw hole. The frets next to this area needed a bunch of cleaning with 3M pads.

The old & the new. The old one has a bunch of screw holes that I filled with shellac stick. They're from pickups that the original owner, Louis Baumann, had installed over the years. The larger holes had volume & tone pots.

The underside of the old one shows the steel rods that were installed (along the straight edge) to stiffen the plastic against warping. It doesn't work. I only added a piece of plastic to the straight edge to double the thickness.

I managed to remove the old threaded bracket block cleanly, and re-glued it to the correct location on the new pick guard.

I drilled a hole and reinserted the old screw after cleaning all the green tarnish, and it came out looking pretty good.

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Old 12-05-2022, 06:28 PM
Dave Richard Dave Richard is offline
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Nice looking replacement guard, on a lovely old L-5!
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Old 12-08-2022, 11:34 AM
Sage Runner Sage Runner is offline
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Nice work on that Pick guard Howard. A lot of folks could care less about having a guard on their A Top. I prefer them. I crafted a pick guard back around 1992 for my 1930 L-5. Sure Wish I had kept that old 16 L-5.
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Old 12-10-2022, 11:19 AM
Glennwillow Glennwillow is offline
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The new pick guard looks great, Howard!

Nice job!

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