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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Motown Pickguard/Scratchplate Reply with quote

Went into a charity shop the other day and found two very scratched and pretty much unplayable Motown LPs for £1 each, and figured that they would make a good pickguard or two for my two gigging Teles, that I use in a soul covers band.

Decided to try them first on my black Tele, so I set too with that scroll saw and files, and produced this, using Motown Chartbusters 3, Side 2



A close up....



Going to keep a look out for more iconic labels, but I have to stress I only buy 'em if they are badly scratched. The idea of hacking into a playable album doesn't appeal.

The beauty of the Telecaster is that you can change its look with 5 minutes with a screwdriver. This black Tele wears any one of about 5 or 6 different pickguards.

Heck, I could change them between sets Very Happy Wink

Shame though because the size of an LP is not quite big enough for some guitars like Strats and Squier '51s, though I think you could make one for a Jaguar/Jazzmaster, and certainly for a Mustang of a Bronco.

Don't have to stick with soul labels either, would look good with other iconic labels IMO
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dig it. Mono black teles are my jam, but that gives it an interesting twist.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it, very nice on the black.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like that a lot, great idea
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've wanted to do this desperately to my mustang and jags tang. Just don't have the know how to cut one, plenty of scratched up vinyl though.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!
I saved some 12" records from going to the tip from my parents loft.
I planned to do a similar thing with them.
There's one with a red label with CBS on, Would be cool on a stained '70s looking tele.
There's another, 'Tijuana Nursery Rhymes', not sure what that's about?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, that looks very cool. what are the pickups?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job. I've seen quite a few of these across the internet and the ones that have black labels on the vinyls always look best... Here's another nice tele:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clever placement of the center hole on that one.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mages wrote:
wow, that looks very cool. what are the pickups?


Bill Lawrence Micro-Coils.

Great pickups at a great price for us in the UK.

I have a set of Keystones in my other MIM Tele.

I make a lot of my own pickguards from either blanks or even other materials.

I've just done a nice red torty one for my Cyclone.
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