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Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia

Issue 189 April 25, 2013

Trade Secrets Video
After nearly 60 years, old celluloid parts start to crumble. The pickup risers on this '55 Gretsch are rotting away. Dan Erlewine builds new replacements from a sheet of tortoiseshell pickguard plastic.
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkStinky, "off-gassing" celluloid destroys metal, too!
  • checkmarkLaminating acrylic material to fabricate a 3D shaped part.
  • checkmarkHot Tip! The advantage of bending the plastic while gluing.
  • checkmarkQuick way to sand and buff acrylic to a high gloss.
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments
Beautiful handmade solid acrylic tortoise for making an elevated guitar or mandolin pickguard.
Sandpaper / Finishing Paper Sampler
See what a difference precision abrasives can make!
Franklin Titebond Glue
Aliphatic-resin glue for instrument building and repair.
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3M Double-stick Tape
Clear tape for holding router templates and attaching acoustic guitar pickguards.
ColorTone Polishing Compounds
The final step for a beautiful finish.
Buffing Wheels
The right buffing wheels for scratch-free guitar finishing with a buffing arbor.
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