AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

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AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

Unread post by Mimasu » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:33 pm

I think you're never to old to learn. And I did learn something this evening.

I think a lot of you know about the problems you can have with celluloid pickguards. It can cause corrosion on all nearby metal parts.

I bought a 1983 AE2000 in 2015. Checked the pickguard itself and there was no damage. A little corrosion on the PU covers. Normally the problems with the celluloid are worse when packed in a case. They say that in the open air the gasses coming out of the celluliod just get blown away and don't affect the metal parts.

Played the AE2000 for perhaps a few weeks and, as with many collectors, she ended up hanging on the wall.

Picked her up again this evening and noticed the pickguard was rough with some kind of salt like white things on it:

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Seemed that the pickguard stayed OK for more than 30 years, and now was slowly falling apart.

A lot of green corrosion on the lower parts of the PU covers and high frets, corroded srews, and a completely green bolt under the pickguard.

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The wise lessons:

Check your guitars at least every year.

And check if you have celluloid pickguards and consider removing them from your beloved guitars.

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Re: AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

Unread post by Daviedawg » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:21 am

Great information thanks.

I wonder if you use or have used a spray type guitar cleaner on the guitar or pick guard? That can cause issues on some "plastics" even if just on your cloth. I use Renaissance wax which is used by museums and the like to protect old artefacts as it polishes and protects. A wee jar lasts for ever because you need so little of it.

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Re: AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

Unread post by Buzzard » Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:49 pm

Thanks for sharing the knowledge. :D
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Re: AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

Unread post by Mimasu » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:32 pm

Daviedawg wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:21 am
I wonder if you use or have used a spray type guitar cleaner on the guitar or pick guard?
Never done such a thing. Saw one on the internet in even a more worse shape than I had. Also a Yamaha AE I'm afraid:

http://www.gtstulsa.com/workbench/2013/ ... eazptuzsd6

Saw somewhere that most problems seem to occur on Japanese guitars from 1975 to 1985. Don't know what it's worth, but mine matches that period.

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Re: AE2000 Celluloid pickguards

Unread post by Daviedawg » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:40 am

It's a shame if they go like that as a rule. Those are lovely pickguards.

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