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washers on the pan-head screw keep it from binding on the insert, helping to prevent the insert from
coming out of the body when I remove the screw.
To avoid damaging the finish around the hole, the
washers must be the diameter of the screw head. This
works especially well with hardwoods, which require
much more torque. Once the insert is flush with the
surface, simply back out the screw with the washers!
7) Any screwdriver used to twist the insert should
have a good match for the slot on the end. If it's
too small, it will cause spalling and dents on the
edges of the slot, which can lead to cracking and
breaking. I work carefully and slowly when using
a screwdriver, and sometimes still end up with a
broken tab. When that happens, I grind the end
of the insert f lat before trying again.
8) After installation, it's a good idea to run
water-thin cyanoacrylate (CA) glue around the
hole, to ensure the insert won't turn or loosen in
time. Of course, one must be careful to not get
any glue on the inside threads, which can hamper
threading the new screw. I let the glue wick down
the sides of the hole, taking care to not over apply.
Less is more.
9) After installation, I do a test fitting to see
whether CA glue got to the interior threads or the
threads were damaged, especially if the slot tab
broke off while using the screwdriver. I run a new
screw down the insert and out again, repeating
several times to ensure smooth operation. A bit
of thread lube won't hurt.
10) The cover can now be removed and reinstalled without worry. Total cost of the inserts
and screws was less than $5. Strat-style pickguards
require more hardware, but the principle is the
same. No matter whether you're talking truss-rod
covers, a battery compartment, or vibrato spring
cavity, all benefit from this easy upgrade.

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Will Kelly is a guitarist, repairman, and the author of How
to Build Electric Guitars. He operates Hard Knocks Guitars in
Cary, North Carolina, where he has played host to countless
artists, instruments and amplifiers. You can contact him at
WillKelly@nc.rr.com.

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