Pickguard Inlay

I’ve been getting a few request to do pickguard inlay lately. It’s kind of nice to get a job that I can do while sitting down listening to music. I’m currently on a Bill DeArango kick, great stuff, his rolled off tone and rapid fire guitar solos make me crazy! Anyhow, as for the pickguards, each letter is hand drawn and cut out using an old Delta scroll saw. They’re then carefully traced on to the pickguard and the negative area is cut out for a nice tight fit. The letters are then glued in place, sanded flush, covered with 4 to 5 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer, and rubbed out to a high gloss finish. If you need any inlay work done, contact us for a quote.


  • July 18, 2011 at 11:03 am //

    Sharp work, TK. You are seriously one talented dude! That Pat Capocci guy is a cool, too.

  • July 18, 2011 at 11:04 am //

    That’s what happens when I type while someone’s talking to me. That should’ve been “that Pat Capocci guy is cool, too”.

  • Thanks Bobby, I know your a DIY guy, but if you ever need another, and your to busy to DIY. I’d love to make one for you.

  • Hi,
    These look great. Found your blog looking for the “PA1946” Pickups. What material are you using to make your pickguards?


  • July 19, 2011 at 11:06 am //

    TK–thanks–I will keep that in mind for sure! I only have time to do-it-myself on so many things. So I will let that idea rattle around in my brain for a bit. I have a second prototype guitar in the planning stages. First, I have to finish a couple of other projects then I will dive in head first. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Thanks Lolo, I’ve had a stack of black and white sheets laying around for years. I’m not sure what they are exactly, probably some type of vinyl.

  • Nice work TK. As Bobby said, you are seriously talented.
    Good to hear you listening to Bill De Arango as well….I’ve been on a similar kick listened to a lot of that stuff last night.

  • Hey Steve, as a matter of fact, I was listening to the De Arango compilation you made for me many moons ago. Hope your doing well, TK