Les Paul Pickguard rattle

OmegaSlayer

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I'm going pretty crazy on this thing
The pickguard rattles, I mean the screw on the pickguard always gets loose
And I'm very light handed actually, so I don't get what kind of problems heavy pickers can have
But yeah, it gets on my nerves that I pick and this thing rattles
Do you have the same problem?
How did you solved it?
(Les Paul Studio with replaced pickguard, but original 3 ply Gibson pickguard)
 

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You need to fill the existing holes with something to get some resistance for the screws. Some wood chips and a wood glue will do the work. Let iy dry before you mount the pick guard.

Just dont use fire matches, they are usually waxed and will not stick to the glue.
 

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My solution with LPs is always to take the pick guard off and throw it away.

Can recommend fill&drill for self-loosening screws based on personal experience. I recommend you take your time, toothpicks are fine but it's worth using some wood glue and give it at least 48 hours to cure all the way through. Being lazier is "probably" fine but I'd rather do it 100% the first time and never think about it again.
 

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I put wood glue on a toothpick and put it in as far as possible. This has worked 100% of the time and is an old woodworking trick
 

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I'm going pretty crazy on this thing
The pickguard rattles, I mean the screw on the pickguard always gets loose
And I'm very light handed actually, so I don't get what kind of problems heavy pickers can have
But yeah, it gets on my nerves that I pick and this thing rattles
Do you have the same problem?
How did you solved it?
(Les Paul Studio with replaced pickguard, but original 3 ply Gibson pickguard)
For the screw from the pickguard to the metal arm, use blue Locktite. For the screw into the body, use the toothpick and wood glue option.
 


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