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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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blankApril 25, 2013
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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