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duane v

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I have a 67 Hoffy bass, and the pickguard is warped, so I'm trying to figure out a a way to unwarp it, so I pulled it off... Man and it looks worse off the bass.... Maybe some advice from you guys can help me out.

 

Anywhoo, I'm starting to dig how the bass looks without the PG [confused]

 

With the PG

 

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Without

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The poor pickguard

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I prefer without also.

 

As for correcting the warp. I dont know. You might replace it. This is just a quick search I did http://www.projectguitarparts.co.uk/Pages/hofnerparts.html

 

From your pics, the guard doesnt look laminated. It looks like a single piece sheet.

Is the guard plastic? If so, you might be able to straighten it using heat. You would likely need to have several tries, increasing the temperature gradually each time. If it can be safely clamped down flat on a bench using a couple of G-Clamps, you might begin with a hair drier?

 

Maybe progressing to baking it in an oven at lower temperatures while still clamped flat of course. I dont see any remedy without incurring some risk though!

 

Good luck.

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For what it's worth, the most famous Hofner violin bass player (that would be Sir Paul McCartney),

took his pick guard off, in 1966, at some point, mid August, during their last tour. And, remains

so, to this day! http://www.thebeatlesrarity.com/2013/01/17/asknat-concerning-paul-mccartneys-hofner-and-removed-pick-guard/

 

Didn't seem to hurt his playing, in any way! [flapper][biggrin]

 

So, if you've a mind to, leave it off! But, it looks good, either way, IMHO. [thumbup]

 

CB

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I agree with others Duane - it looks really good with it removed (and to me a little strange with it on). I've tried one of these and was staggered at how light it was - I had assumed they were a solid block of wood #-o[biggrin] - but no, the lightest guitar I've ever come across. Have fun with it!

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I agree with others Duane - it looks really good with it removed (and to me a little strange with it on). I've tried one of these and was staggered at how light it was - I had assumed they were a solid block of wood #-o[biggrin] - but no, the lightest guitar I've ever come across. Have fun with it!

Yes the bodies of these are fully hollow, and you can definitely tell when you pick one up and play it. Because they are super lightweight and acoustically loud!!

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I vote on because anything MOTS in white, I really like. It gives a good contrast to the black you usually wear these days.

 

Having said that, being as these look so good off, I bet these guards are pretty rare. Might be careful with it, especially trying something you haven't done to take the warp out.

 

If it were me, I would put on my to do list having another one made. I am pretty sure the new one will eventually warp too, and pretty fast. The only way I know how to keep these things from warping is to have them bolted down to the guitar when they are flat, and even then, they still lift up a bit.

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Well take it off and leave it off. The Beatles went pick guard free when they were Hofner players including John's Epi Casino.

 

Hofner have an active forum with members who can help you. Hofner made some seriously nice guitars, undervalued and forgotten now but if you can pick up a Verithin made in the 60s it can show a ES330 the way home for a faction of the money.

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