Anodized gold pickguard - what should I know?

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  1. L_Totti

    L_Totti Member

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    I'm thinkig about puting a anodized gold pickguard on my sunburst strat but I've read lots of things about some deffects they might have.
    I'm not worried about tone - I'm not that kinda guy with electric instruments. And I think I'll put new pickups too...

    But I've read bad stuff about grounding , hum , and other noise issues.
    Plus , I've never changed a strat pickguard - in fact I've never took the pickguard off of my strat. :omg

    I don't understand anything about electronic related stuff so I need help.

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    Anyone here have a sunburst with rosewood neck and anodized gold pickguard? I've only found pics of strats with maple necks. Here's one from a TGP member:


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    Thanks.
     
  2. stormin1155

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    I have one on one of my strats. If you get a genuine Fender, the holes should match up. I don't have any of the problems you mentioned...seems like it should help with shielding for hum, and I didn't notice a difference with tone either.
     
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    I have a Fender anodized pickguard that I've had on various strats including a Road Worn. No problems with alignment, etc. I didn't notice any difference in tone either. The only thing I don't like about it (stupid reason), is that it feels cold to the touch. ha. Plastic feels better to me. But it sure looks good on the right strat.
     
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    No problems here, but i think they look better on white or desert sand.

    Here's my 56 CS RI in Desert Sand (flame maple neck too)

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    Aluminum guards WILL resonate. This can cause very non-musical microphonic feedback when using higher gain with the bridge pickup especially.
     
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    Yeah , I know that's the classic look. But I just want a different guard for my strat that doesn't look cheesy or SRV-ish. :aok



    Alright , not my kinda tone.

    I guess I just need to decide if it's the right look. My tech can do aditional shielding or grounding if I need to.


    Any other pickguard sugestion is welcome :aok
     
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    What do you think?
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    And how does anodized gold age? Like the first pic I posted or that's artificial relic?
     
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    The anodize coating is not conductive. The makers usually grind away some of the coating where the vol. pot is attached for grounding. Just make sure the nuts are firmly attached and then the p/guard will actually help a bit with shielding.
     
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    Strat in the OP is mine. The wear on the 'plate is natural from less than a month of light playing! I really like it, there is now zero hum even next to a computer monitor. It's actually a genuine Fender item, a couple of the screw holes didn't quite match the Squier CV its on.

    If there are grounding issues on some peoples its probably to do with wiring contacting the 'plate rather than the plate in itself. I had no problems with mine at all.
     
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    So there's no difference beetwen installing it or installing a normal plastic guard? Great.



    It looks very nice , I was afraid of it looking too modern but it doesn't.
    Forgot to add your name , sorry.
     
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    No worries mate, happy to help.
     
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    Two more things u should know.
    1. Since they don't stretch some pickups do not fit. I had that problem with mine and the dimarzio invader bridge pickup did not fitted no matter what i try.
    2. I had to shave about 2 mm of mine in the picket because it would not fit perfect.
    The guitar was a custom shop fender an so was the guard (fender)
     
  14. vibrasonic

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    I'd stick with white single ply on the SB MN configuration. Classic look you cant go wrong
    with that.
     
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    Maybe because it was a Dimarzio? Did the originals fit? :huh



    Too classic for me. I'm looking for something different :aok
     
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    If the white is too classic then the next best thing would be the gold anodized. They are
    period correct.

    Fender american PUPS should fit a fender guard with no problems.

    Cheers
     
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    Like the looks, can't stand the feel.
     
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    Yikes looks terrible IMO. But, the important question is....Do you like it?
     
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    Not my cup of tea at all but then I think all gold hardware looks cheesy.
     

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