The rounded and polished pickguard
edge depicted as mounted on completed guitar.
The rounded and polished pickguard edge is only
available on the Black or
1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic pickguards.
Close-up detail of the recessed
mini-toggle switch / neck pickup selector. Notice
the implementation of the mini-toggle switch and the
very small slot in the pickguard that allows the toggle
lever to protrude through.
Shown, but NOT included with this pickguard kit are the
selector switch tip and our customized '62 style green
lettered and numbered knob set.
Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Components
Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Description
All of the components listed above are of the highest quality. We want
you to have the best quality parts you can get for
your project. All you have to do is add your
favorite pickups, control knobs and switch tip.
With this kit you will perform all assembly, wiring and
soldering. We will provide you with the Gilmour specific
Black Strat wiring diagram via email once your order
Each of our 1 ply 0.120”
Acrylic pickguards with the rounded and
polished edge are custom hand manufactured
in our shop specifically for each customer.
They start off being cut out of a sheet of
Acrylic with a CNC laser which creates the
basic pickguard shape with all holes and
cutouts. We then create the pickguards
round-over edge effect by hand with a
table router where the pickguard is affixed to a
routing template where we trim the pickguard
to it’s final size and create the rounded
perimeter edge. From there the pickguards
rounded edge is hand sanded with a fine
sandpaper to remove any tooling marks left
behind by the router bit. The
smoothly sanded rounded edge can then be
polished with a special
buffing wheel and a polishing compound used
exclusively for Acrylic which creates the
highly polished and glossy rounded edge.
The pickguards mounting holes are then
countersunk, copper foil shielding tape is
applied to the control region and a final
polishing of the entire pickguard is
completed. It’s a fairly long process to
create one of these unique pickguards, but
we feel that final product is one that
stands above the typical Strat pickguard
that have been produced the same way for
over 50 years. This unique rounded and
polished pickguard edge is only available on
our Black or White 1 Ply 0.120" Acrylic
pickguards. Pickup and 5-way switch mounting
holes are not countersunk and require round
head mounting screws.
feature of this kit is the recessed mini toggle
switch. It's a unique feature that is synonymous
with Gilmour's Black Strat. We manufacture our
switch mounting bracket from a sturdy piece of custom
formed stainless steel that is strong and easily
mountable underneath the volume and tone potentiometers.
It is not a permanent piece of the pickguard, but when
installed becomes an integral part of it.
Your Basic Pickguard Assembly Kit Options
Typical turn-around time from order placement to
shipment is 5-10 business days. Holiday work-loads
sometimes may increase turn-around time, but keep in
mind, we don't waste any time in getting these prepared,
packed and shipped on their way to you.
By purchasing this assembly kit
you acknowledge that you are aware that some Strat
bodies are NOT 100% compatible and some pickguard perimeter
mounting holes may need adjusting on your body.
Each pickguard is custom manufactured for each customer
and cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Occasionally we find very small cosmetic imperfections in the surface of our
Acrylic pickguards, most of which are usually about the
size of the dot in-between the following quotes "."
and sometimes small, thin lines.
This is not something we consider as defective since
they are an effect of the Acrylic casting process.
Unfortunately we cannot determine if any Acrylic
pickguard is going to have any of these imperfections
until the entire pickguard manufacturing procedures are
complete, so there is no way to pick and choose a
"perfect" pickguard for a project beforehand. For the
most part it's a non-issue and inconsequential and we
will never let any pickguard go out that we feel has any
undesirable characteristic that is obviously
unacceptable. We've made over a thousand of these
pickguards and some have these characteristics and no
one has yet felt the need to complain. With that
being said, we just felt it was best to make sure you
were aware of these possibilities to avoid any
Acrylic pickguards and
back plates are more fragile than the typical
vinyl ones most are familiar with. Always use
the utmost of care when installing components
into an Acrylic pickguard, never tighten any
fastener too tight and never tighten any
perimeter mounting screw any tighter than just
to the point where the screw barely snugs the
pickguard or back plate down to the surface of
the body. Never flex or put undue pressure
on any part of the Acrylic pickguard or back
plate or you will break it.
Occasionally you may find the need to clean
your Acrylic pickguard and the following are
items you will need; an old clean
and very soft 100% white cotton terrycloth towel or an
old clean and very soft 100% white cotton T-shirt, pressurized air can and an Acrylic
cleaner such as
Novus #1 "Plastic Clean and Shine"
use any other cleaning products
to clean the Acrylic pickguard or you may
damage it. On
occasion you may wish to remove some
fine scratches from an Acrylic pickguard or back plate and the
#2 "Fine Scratch Remover" is the perfect 1'st step
cleaning product choice for this task followed up with
Novus #1 or Kleenmaster Brillianize.
For world-wide distribution and Acrylic cleaning product availability
contact the manufacturers directly at