Hello /diy/, I was directed here from /mu/
I plan to order a white pickguard for my strat and put some art on it.
How much work will this be? What materials and products will I need? I was planning to use acrylic paint and just put some clear coat on it. Will this suffice?
Tips, suggestions, experiences?
Obviously, I want the art to not wear away from my fingers constantly touching and scratching at it.Any help is appreciated.
You won't like the texture, believe me
If I were you I'd draw the art and order a water slide decal of it. Then you spray a clear coat on it and it will be there forever, it won't be messy, etc.
It'll probably be all bumpy and shit and unpleasant to feel. But if you do decide to go down that route, sand pickguard, prime, hand paint with a good thin acrylic so it's not bumpy and lumpy, sand smooth-ish, spray thick matte clear coat. A gloss finish is a no go because of hand paint.
Or draw stuff in photoshop or illustrator, print it, and it'll look awesome.
Dunno if this can help you OP, but you could use plexiglass. I designed the pickguard for my 12 string and then proceded to cut it out from a plexiglass panel I had lying around. This way you can glue whatever you'd like to show under the pickguard (in my case, it was fabric, which I ended up using on the top of the pickguard too). Generally speaking, I had unpleasant experiences of direct drawing on plastics and such.
The little switch is a selector for two piezos. Piezos and magnetic pickups are on separate circuits (they have separate jacks).
The piezo pickups' circuit is passive because I have an external tillman preamp that I use with a bunch of acoustic instruments. If you want to create it and put it in your bass it's not hard at all, you just have to have some experience with soldering and circuits. The preamp can be very tiny, depending on how you build it. You can even find kits on ebay with every component you'll need to make one preamp
In terms of actual work, not much. Take out some screws, remove all the electronics mounted in the pickguard, put them in the new pickguard, put the screws back. Done.
As for your art... That's up to you man. Markers would work well, but putting a clear coat on soft plastic is a bitch. Can't say I know a lot about how to best go about that part.
You COULD get a thin piece of wood, trace your old pick guard on it, cut it out to shape, coat that in primer, sand it. THen you can paint and clear coat that pretty nicely. IMO that's a better option. Airbrush could be nice on that.
I've tried that tracing the pick guard method before minus the painting/priming, and I would recommend OP try it. It made a fun and fairly easy project for me and the cost came out a little less than a stock pick guard. If you can't find a single piece of wood the right dimensions, you can glue two pieces together side by side