Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Jerry1996x » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:25 pm

Hey all, I asked this question once before but never got a solid answer. I was wondering if any of you would have an idea of how to cut out the control plate part of a pickguard to be replaced with an alligator style brass control plate. The only response ive gotten was to trace the shape and use an exacto knife and just go at it untill its thin enough to just break off, but theres gotta be a simpler way. Any suggestions?
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby milobender » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:39 pm

That would be one way of doing it...

There are many kinds of cutting tools... if you are really inexperienced, and you want it to look really nice, take it to someone with the proper tools and experience... if you don't care for it to be just exactly perfect, get a fine hacksaw blade and go to it :D
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Jerry1996x » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:56 pm

Im going to bring it to someone else. What should I tell them?
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Mr.Burns » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:12 pm

You could ask Milo to do yours for you...

I hear he's good at that sort of thing :cool:

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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Jerry1996x » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:32 pm

Thats sick! But all I really need is to cut a piece of plastic. lol. Would a normal band saw, or circular saw the trick? Or would it get too messy?
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby JonnyBoy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:57 pm

try a jig saw and then sand the edge to be smooth. it sands and cuts pretty easy. use a fine jig saw blade like a metal cutting blade
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby strumminsix » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:39 pm

Straight edge + box cutter + patience

The buffer away on it to ensure you don't have a razor's edge!
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby PaulJay » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:18 pm

A Dremel would work with the right blade.
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby milobender » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:12 am

A dremel will work, but it spins so fast it tends to melt the plastic, and that really makes a mess.

If you use a jig saw, be sure to protect the surface of the pickguard or you'll scratch the hell out of it.

A band saw will work as long as the teeth are fine enough.

I'd still use a plain, fine hacksaw bland and just take my time... there are just two small cuts.

Actually I'm waiting for a pickguard from someone to do just exactly what you are talking about... :D :smile: :D
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby mgbills » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:27 am

Or...
Talk to John at Terrapin Pickguards and have him fabricate the exact shape for the pickguard you want. He's a great guy & easy to work with. They have all the right toys.

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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Pete B. » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:53 am

mgbills wrote:Or...
Talk to John at Terrapin Pickguards and have him fabricate the exact shape for the pickguard you want. He's a great guy & easy to work with. They have all the right toys.

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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby mgbills » Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:13 am

I'll try & remember to do it tonight. All that stuff is on my home computer.
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby mgbills » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:39 pm

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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby al.hurst » Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:23 pm

I guess this would be a good thread to ask this in...

What about cutting brass? is it hard? And also drilling the holes, would any old metal bit do the job?
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Re: Cutting Control Plate Off of Strat Pickguard

Postby Mosfed » Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:28 pm

Dude the issue is how well can you cut / shape the brass plate for the control plate. If the answer is infinitely well then you don't really care what the plastic cutter does. If the answer is my brass plate is shaped like x - I would take it along. it dictates the cut fer chur

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