I finished the new pickguard for Jaime’s P Bass Jr., and also made one for my Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster.
I’ll post the description after the pictures, which I know is all you want to see anyway… heh!
This was actually a big project, and it required purchasing some tools. I had to buy two bits for my router, which I bought at a great price from Hartvilletool.com. I bought a really nice Delta drill press for $125 that I found on Craigslist. I also picked up a quality countersink bit.
I first made MDF templates of each pickguard using a router/table and a Whiteside 2404A 3/8″ flush trim bit. Then, for the P pickup, I mounted my router/table to my drill press, and used the drill press as a pin router. I used a Whiteside SC09A, which is a 1/8″ solid carbide straight cut bit. The 1/8″ size is what is required to properly route a P pickup cutout.
Once I had the templates made, I again used the pin router setup to route the P pickup cutout. Then, I used the flush trim bit to trim the tortoise material to the template size. After that, I drilled the screw holes through the template. Finally, I added the 45-degree bevel to the pickguard edge.
I still want to do some cleanup, but I am very satisfied with the results.
Anyone need a real celluloid tortoise shell pickguard for their P Bass Jr. or CV 50s Tele?