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Unread 04-28-2016, 01:00 AM   #1
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Screws in the pickguard

Is it just on my squier or something, but I noticed them getting kind of loose so I tried tightening them but I can't, i can wind on for forever, and get no progress. I can just lift up the pickguard without even trying. Are the screws ____ed up or something else?

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Unread 04-28-2016, 01:07 AM   #2
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The holes in the wood are worn out.

I don't know if this is the best way to do it, but I filled them in with wood glue, but not completely, and then rescrewed them.

Filling them in is kinda weird because it bubbles and does weird things. But if you're careful you should be able to get the hole a bit tighter
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I filled them in with wood glue
Another thing that works well is a tiny drop of super glue. Just enough to hold the screw in place. When you need to take the pick guard off next time it only takes a firm twist.
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Unread 04-28-2016, 10:33 AM   #4
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toothpicks work well. (With or without wood glue.)
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I agree with BillSPrestonEsq in using wood , but with matches though since I always have wooden match sticks laying around and they have a nice density to allow for the wood to expand.
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Trust me on this, forget the glue. Stick a toothpick in the hole, break it off flush with the surface of the guitar, put the screw back in, presto you're done.

You do not need to tighten those screws down with a gorilla grip. Just tight. You do not need that extra turn after it's tight.

If you feel better you can put a drop of Elmer's glue on the toothpick but it is absolutely unnecessary. Friction will hold it in for longer than any of us will ever be around.

I do a lot of woodworking and custom gunstock work. I've dealt with a lot of stripped screw holes left from someone trying to tighten a wood screw too tight. The tooth pick (remember wood tooth pick not plastic) has never failed me.

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The ideas with glue work, but what also works is using slightly longer or thicker screws. Just watch out which screws you use since it can also screw up (pun intended) the looks of your axe...
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If you get to the point where it's several screws and the pickguard is lifting you can replace the hole area with new wood. To do this you use a wooden dowel and drill out the hole several sizes bigger. Use a dowel and bit where the dowel will fit very snug when it's inserted. Cut it to fit flat with the top of the guitar body and glue it into place. Once it dries drill your new hole for the screw and put it back together.
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Make sure you only use the toothpicks of the same tonewood. I prefer the mid range bark of mahogany toothpicks
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drilling and doweling is unnecessarily complicated and destructive. So is using bigger screws. The only reason for glue is for peace of mind or if the whole is way stripped.
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drilling and doweling is unnecessarily complicated and destructive. So is using bigger screws. The only reason for glue is for peace of mind or if the whole is way stripped.
Well brother, when you've stripped out 90 percent of your screws after using toothpicks and glue for the second and third time I'm afraid you're going to have to get a little more aggressive and the dowel can be very small. It's actually quite simple. Did you even read my entire message?
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Well brother, when you've stripped out 90 percent of your screws after using toothpicks and glue for the second and third time I'm afraid you're going to have to get a little more aggressive and the dowel can be very small. It's actually quite simple. Did you even read my entire message?
Im not the quoted person, but I reread the doweling steps several times and man...I guess you gotta do what you gotta do, but I've found it takes longer to source toothpicks and glue than it does to put them into place, whereas doweling...I guess it's simple, but...I dunno. It seems like way more work than I'd want to do...
But again, I've never had an issue with the toothpick solution.
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