Gold Top LP's w/ pickguards? Really?

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  1. wetordry

    wetordry Member

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    Not likely to add one if its never had holes drilled, but kinda prefer them for playing. If the holes are there I'd put one on.
    Would buy one either way.
     
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    Mine didn’t come with a pick guard. Never felt it needed one. Some LPs look good with ‘em, some don’t.

     
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  3. gnappi

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    Yes, you likely are.

    Not putting a PG on a severely flamed top? Maybe I'd go with but I'd put one on and don't give a hoot about someone not seeing a few square inches of flame that I can't see myself unless I play in front of a mirror.

    I installed this PG on my Eastman today...

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  4. Gasp100

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    My Trad Pro looks way better with it OFF. The plastic has this kind of pinkish hue to it?

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  6. jwguitar

    jwguitar Supporting Member

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    I agree. Otherwise I think the guitar doesn't look right. Especially a LP Goldtop.
     
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  7. Blackmoreguitar

    Blackmoreguitar Silver Supporting Member

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    I think the LP pick guard looks bizarre but I actually care less and less about looks these days and much more about having a functional instrument. Unfortunately, the guard just gets in the way, for me, and adds nothing so I prefer it off, or rather not fitted in the first place.

     
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  8. GuitarWanabe

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    My LP came without the holes and the pickguard in the case - where it belongs.
     
  9. Custom50

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    I prefer it on but I wouldn't turn down a nice les paul if it didn't have a pickguard.
     
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  10. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Silver Supporting Member

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    I like gold tops, with a pick guard, and the pickup covers on.
    If you want it another way that’s fine too, who am I to judge?;)
     
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    I was a strictly pick guard on type of guy until I actually got my GT. I anchor my pinky and the pinky squeak was driving me crazy so off it went along with the poker chip for good measure. What the hell, if it was good enough for Duane...
     
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    I'm on the fence.
    Some look amazing without (a nice flametop, that blacked-out custom with the aged binding and exposed coil HBs, or the the double-cut goldtop with P90s).
    Some look 'right' with ('56 goldtop with P90s, LP Jr, LP Jr Special).
     
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    I could go either way but hate exposed pickups. Like a girl with a pretty face and ugly teeth....
     
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    Always a pickguard on a goldtop. Always.
     
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    Having played Gibsons for years with a pickguard before the Internet suggested I might like them without....

    This is my habit as well.

    However, aesthetically, a Gold Top requires a little something to break up the plain gold. It just makes it look complete (they might even require P-90's as well). I truly, truly love mine.
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  18. R3deemed

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    OK, this is corny, but the PG a solid-color LP is like a bowtie on a tuxedo :hide2
     
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  19. cvansickle

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    In general, I agree. But there are always exceptions.
     
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  20. Jignant

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    There are! For example, I have been jonesing for an early 90s ebony standard. I love the black w/creme binding, pickup rings, poker chip and especially the cream guard. They just ooze RAWK!!!
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    And this red flamey one...OMG!
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