Hole from pickguard

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Teledriver, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Any thoughts on that little hole? Tie tack (too cheese or too fancy?) or lapel pin or?? When I went to Gettysburg many years ago I bought an Infantry trumpet lapel pin and a Cavalry crossed sabers lapel pin and have considered gluing one in there. Either one is an inch wide. I was never in the military, btw, just a history buff.
    Despite my ever-present skull ring I’m not into skulls or Maltese crosses or spikes and such. Also the wood worker in me protests putting the screw back in there without actually doing anything other than filling the hole. Besides it’d look ugly.
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  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Can't see the hole from the front row, or the screw.

    As a vet and a history nut, I'd say go ahead---it's your guitar. I'm not into the display of skulls, Maltese crosses , pointy things, and the like. Life's too dark and too short as it is. I wouldn't put stickers or such on a guitar, either. It's your property---do as you wish.
  3. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Get a earing you like cut shaft down wrap thread around it mash it in the hole.
    If it has a pickguard it comes off and this goes in.
    Your pin will work and ALL that matters is that you like it and are happy.
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  4. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Hey TD,

    What ever you cover it with, it will look like a hole that has been covered.

    Just me, but I happen to be partial to holes.

    Myself, open and vacant is the way to go.

    John Lennon left the original top pick-guard screw/plastic pick-guard riser in place on his stripped Casino. Good way to keep track of valuable small parts.


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  5. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    @Back in Black -Man, you drop a pick in there during a gig....lol. Love the age on that color btw.
    That horseshoe looks appropriate Zeek. Maybe I should look for a small “TCB” pin (Elvis reference- taking care of business). Not a country guy but horseshoe seems ok. Not a card/dice roller either but I have one for a master volume.
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  6. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Good point!

    I wonder what Malcolm used to do, maybe his cherished original is full of picks, WOW, a five million dollar, and another million in lost picks.

  7. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Nothin' or sumtin' doesnt matter. Just put the chrome screw back in maybe.
  8. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Screw back in = ugly/boring. Personality is needed I think.
  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    It Doesn't Matter.

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  10. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I would hide it with a good cling or sticker. The hole would drive me nuts. The main reason I haven’t taken the pickguard off my Penguin is I do not like open holes from screws on my guitars.
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  11. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    After I had to move my strap button because Gibson in their infinite wisdom :( decided not to install the backing block I covered the hole with one of these little rubber pads that you find on the bottom of most pedals.


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    GOOBALL JEFF Gretschie

    Oct 1, 2019
    fill em with cheese, i do. any food that matches the color haha food is good to color match with.
  13. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    I just try not to look at mine...maybe a little filler and a orange marker??? Mines blonde..ha
  14. sgarnett

    sgarnett Gretschie

    Apr 14, 2020
    I dip the tip of a toothpick in my daughter’s clear nail polish (which is essentially nitro lacquer), then let it wick into the bare wood threads. I’m careful not to touch the surface finish. The point is just to seal and slightly harden the wood so guitar polish doesn’t get under the finish. It also darkens the hole slightly so it is less obvious.
  15. cvr31

    cvr31 Gretschie

    I've taken the pickguards off both of my Gretsch guitars. Nothing over the screw hole though. The sight of the hole doesn't bother me in the least. If I was forced to cover it, I'd probably find some cool lapel pin and stick it in there.
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  16. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    I rarely have a perfect opinion, but as a collector for over 60 years, put a small gold screw like the one that was in it. Then it will look appropriate and hold it's value.
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  17. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Take a jig saw and extend the cutaway down far enough that the hole no longer exists.

    OK... maybe not. But my other suggestion is decidedly boring in comparison. :D
  18. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I use a sharpie to paint the inside of the hole close to the color. No one notices it
  19. Scamp

    Scamp Electromatic

    Feb 22, 2018
    I would just leave the hole. You can't see it when you're playing. If you decide to cover it I would think about something flat so it doesn't stick up where you might snag it on something and cause damage to the hole. On my bike I used some "bald headed screws" They are smooth, no slot and you just use your finger to tighten them.
    How about something with your initial (s) on it.
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  20. andreww1962

    andreww1962 Gretschie

    Apr 30, 2019
    Why worry about it? Guitars are tools in my opinion. Would you care if your hammer had a mark on it? Play the thing man!
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