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If I was to cut a hole in my electric guitar where a pickguard would be, would it cause problems with the sound of the guitar? I want to create a steampunk guitar with working clockwork on the right side of the guitar. Would the cut hole affect the sound overall?

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    Welcome to Music Stack Exchange. The site welcomes on topic and focused answers and questions, which yours is. Again, welcome. – L3B May 16 '17 at 2:28
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Provided that you will not disconnect any wire (e.g. from or to potentiometers, jack or pickups) and the guitar is not a semi-hollow or hollow model, it would not cause any problems or significant change in sound.

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(Assuming for a solid body Electric Guitar)

No it wont effect the sound.

As for your working clock. Guitar pickups consist of magnetic material, which produce a magnetic field, so depending on the material of your clock's inner components and placement near the pickups you may effect the clock function.

  • Welcome to Music Stack Exchange! The site welcomes focused and on-topic answers and questions, like your post. I would however suggest you go in and edit everything after the word 'or' in parentheses, as the lack of punctuation makes what you are saying a trifle unclear. You can always edit your own answers to make them clearer; no time limit on that as there is in comments. Again, welcome to the exchange. – L3B May 16 '17 at 2:25
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Electric motors are EM emitters, so clockworks that rely on an electric motor may introduce audible noise into your guitar signal. Presumably the motor will be fairly close to the wiring harnesses.

In addition, electric guitars--especially with high gain amplification--pick up mechanical tapping and knocking on the body of the guitar quite well, so any mechanical vibration a clockwork makes (even [or especially?] if not powered by an electric motor) may introduce audible signals.

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