Trade Secrets!

How to make a custom wood pickguard


Issue 265 June 30, 2016



Dan Erlewine made a black walnut guitar for Jerry Garcia in 1970. Recently a Grateful Dead fan asked Dan to make a replica of that guitar. In this Trade Secret, Dan shows how he made the pickguard out of laminated wood veneers.
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About the guitar in this video: Dan's making a replica of a black walnut Strat he made in 1970. He's even using wood from the same tree!

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkOne pickguard won’t work as a template, but three will!
  • checkmarkLaminating plastic guards to create enough thickness for routing
  • checkmarkRouting a perfectly shaped pickguard
  • checkmarkWhy use a table-mounted router

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