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Green&Purple Guitar Pickguard

Ducktivity provided by nick83956

The original pickguard for my old Stratocaster had dry rotted and began chipping and breaking into many pieces. One day I decided to replace my pickguard by making a new one out of Duck Tape so I wouldn't have to worry about it wearing out for a long time.

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Supplies and Tools:

  • Industrial Grade Duck Tape
  • Neon Green Duck tape
  • Purple Duck Tape
  • Industrial Grade Duck Tape
  • Neon Green Duck tape
  • Purple Duck Tape


  • Step 1

    I took the old pickguard and laid it onto a piece of cardboard and traced the outlines for the outer shape, pickup holes positions, screw holes spots, pickup selector switches, and control knob hole positions.

  • Step 2

    I placed toothpicks in the positions where the screws were meant to be and began layer industrial grade duct tape sticky side up from the cardboard lining up the tape diagonally with the screw hole positions crisscrossing each layer.

  • Step 3

    After 4 layers of the crisscross layering the industrial grade duct tape, I placed diagonal strips of neon green and purple duct tape and applied it sticky side down to hold sticky side of the colored tape to the sticky side of the industrial grade tape.

  • Step 4

    After layering all the tape I proceeded to cut out/off the outer edges of the pickguard to form its shape and cut out the holes for the pickups, control knobs, and switch.

  • Step 5

    Next I began cutting out all the holes and cutting off the outer edges for the pickguards full shape defined, and I began to wire and bolt/screw the pickups, selector switches, and control knobs into place.

  • Step 6

    Then lastly I placed and screwed the pickguard onto the guitar body and finished the last bit of wiring to the output jack.

1 comment

  • ducktapecrazee about 17 months ago
    dude this is so cool! i'll have to keep this in mind!