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    Cool How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    Here's a neat trick i wanted to share... I typically run a 2-knob setup on my Strats for picking hand comfort and trem arm clearance. I plug the holes in the guard with a 3/8" nylon locking plug!

    Looks super clean (better than a sticker or electrical tape) and it's easy to get out of the guard if you want the 3-knob setup again. $0.75 for two at Home Depot!

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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    Coolie!

    You could drop one of these in there and get your John 5 on

    https://www.amazon.com/Momentary-URT.../dp/B01G821G6A
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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    Or, if the guitar is active any way, you can put fit an LED in the same spot to remind you to unplug your guitar when your not using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayrton View Post
    Coolie!

    You could drop one of these in there and get your John 5 on

    https://www.amazon.com/Momentary-URT.../dp/B01G821G6A
    That's rad and I very well might use that some day. but not on a guitar where my hand would hit it constantly. That's the whole reason I got rid of the volume knob there.

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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    I totally botched a custom pickguard drilling for the volume pot (measure twice, drill once) and that was the solution. I have another one in chrome that is destined for a Tele project.
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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    I drilled it rectangular and put jaguar type slider switch there on a metal plate. Very nice for fast switching.

    Fender sells switches designed to fit that hole, I think. Would be my choice to cover the hole, if I didn't prefer the slider type.
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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    You could always get a strat pickguard from Warmoth and have any elements you don’t want done away with entirely.


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    I like those
    I use the plastic auto body panel plugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffenstein View Post
    That would look sick with an 8-hole pickguard and white screws. I was actually thinking about doing something like that with a Hot Rails and no pots whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    That would look sick with an 8-hole pickguard and white screws. I was actually thinking about doing something like that with a Hot Rails and no pots whatsoever.
    You can certainly do it with Warmoth.

    My tone knob is actually not connected. I just don’t like the one knob look.

    That’s a 1993 American Standard...fabulous guitar!
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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    Quote Originally Posted by cliffenstein View Post
    You could always get a strat pickguard from Warmoth and have any elements you don’t want done away with entirely.
    This is true! I've bought warmoth guards before for parts builds, but this was an existing guitar and I actually do like the tortie pickguard on this one.

    And $0.75 for two plugs right now seemed more appealing that $25 plus shipping in two weeks.

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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    Quote Originally Posted by B2D View Post
    This is true! I've bought warmoth guards before for parts builds, but this was an existing guitar and I actually do like the tortie pickguard on this one.

    And $0.75 for two plugs right now seemed more appealing that $25 plus shipping in two weeks.
    Certainly understandable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffenstein View Post
    You could always get a strat pickguard from Warmoth and have any elements you don’t want done away with entirely.

    That is weird lookin guitar, but I love it!
    “The hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” - Edward Van Halen

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotsdad View Post
    That is weird lookin guitar, but I love it!
    Weird? Nah...rockin’! Here are some photos of it in action:

    2000:


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    2016:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffenstein View Post
    2000:
    Dang, you got a chance to meet Spock? How cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    Dang, you got a chance to meet Spock? How cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffenstein View Post
    2016:
    That's an awesome pic. What venue was this?

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    Rockstar pose!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B2D View Post
    That's an awesome pic. What venue was this?
    Thanks! It was at a music festival in Urbana, IL called AudioFeed.

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    Default Re: How to cover up holes on a Strat pickguard.

    I just left the hole. Hell, it's nothing compared to the missing middle pickup. I did put electrical tape over the hole, on the inside though. Still stuck, going on almost a year.

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