Pickguard vibrating against dog ear P-90 covers on my 330. Should I bother fixing it?
Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:39 PM
I have a feeling that I should probably just leave it the hell alone which is exactly what I've done for years. The idea of fixing it or not came up for me again today and just this time, I thought I'd ask you fine folks what you all might think before I decide to just forget about it again.
Thanks for your ideas.
Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:08 AM
It may be as simple as pivoting the pickguard away from the pickups by adjusting the mounting bracket. I'll assume the guitar is equipped with the two piece block and round bar bracket. Loosen the clinch nut on the inside of the mounting block, and tighten the acorn nut on the outside of the mounting block. This will pivot the back edge of the pickguard downward.
If it looks like this procedure is the answer but you don't have enough adjustment on the acorn nut, remove the acorn nut and carefully screw the round shaft further into the mounting block on the underside of the pickguard. Repeat the clinch nut/acorn nut tightening steps.
If your guitar is fitted with the bent flat-bar bracket, it is slotted underneath. Loosen the mounting screw which goes through the pickguard and bracket, rotate the pickguard into the new position and re-tighten screw.
If the "adjustment" does not solve your issue, then remove the pickguard and carefully file pickguard notches to your satisfaction. I use files designed for use on metal for working on plastic, a wide flat file for the straight areas, and a medium round file for the corners.
Hope this helps, let us know how it all works out.
Posted 15 December 2016 - 02:33 PM
Speaking from experience.
Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:30 AM
Yes, I've used stick-on felt a number of times for various applications on or near pickguards. The ones I purchased were black, and came in a variety-pack of sizes. A small one in a strategic location on the underside of the pickguard should do the trick. They also are very thin, and should not noticeably lift the guard (for example, if placed to rest on the P-90's body mount screw head).
Btw, I also have an ES-330L, in Beale St Blue. Great guitars!
'02 J-45 Rosewood / '02 SG Faded-moon / '06 ES 335 / '09 ES 339
'10 ES 330L / '11 ES 335-P90s / '12 ES 330 VOS / '12 LP Special
'12 J-185 / '13 LG2-AE / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15
>Epis: '66 FT45n Cortez / '00 AIUSA-John Lee Hooker 1964 Sheraton
'05 McCartney-Elitist 1964 Texan / '09 Elitist Casino / '13 EL-00 Pro
>Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40 / '76 G-37 / '92 D-6 / '94 JF-30 / '14 A-150b
>Martins: '01 Custom Rosewood Dread / '09 OM-1 / >Ibanez: '81 M-340
>Breedlove: '10 American Series OO Mandolin
Posted 18 December 2016 - 11:57 PM
The felt washer thing made a piece of crap hidden in its case for a quarter of a century into a favored instrument.
It's the guitar in my avatar.
Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:01 PM
After a lot of mucking around trying to trace where it was coming from, it turned out to be from the pick guard. None of the hardware attached to the guard was loose so, rather than trying to file any edges down in case it was rubbing against the pickup rings, I removed the guard and cured the problem instantly!
The guard is now in the pocket of the guitar case and won't be going back on. I think I actually prefer the look of the guitar front without the guard as the lower f hole is now fully visible so it looks nicely balanced.