Confirming PDF Outlines

What does confirming a PDF file mean?

It means DO NOT just eyeball it and assume it's good.

It means that you have printed the PDF file at 100% scale and either:

     • Placed your original pick guard on the outline to see if it all lines up properly
     • Cut out the outline with a pair of scissors and placed it on your guitar to check the fit.

Printing at 100% scale involves making sure the when the printer dialog appears for your printer when you send the file to print you want to look for an option that allows you to set page scaling to NONE.

The following is an example of what the Printer dialogue might look like and what section the setting is in. The areas to look for are highlighted.


You can confirm you have printed at 100% scale by measuring the dimension lines provided on the PDF file.

Many pick guards are too big to fit on a standard size sheet of printer paper. In many cases the files are set up on what is known as a Tabloid (17" x 11") size sheet of paper, landscape oriented. I realize that most people do not have the capability to print this size. A solution would be to take the file to a copy Service Bureau like KINKO's Of Office Max to have it printed at 100% scale.

If you have trouble with PDF files then the other options are:

    • Send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with a request for a physical copy of an outline to:
       Terrapin Guitars, PO Box 11565, Eugene, OR 97440.
    • Order a Laser Cut PDF file which is more rigid and allows you to check the fit better or dial in a custom template etc. Any modifications beyond leaving something off or changing pickup or control configuration will result in an additional template fee if you decide to proceed with an order.

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