Gold Top LP's w/ pickguards? Really?

ranchofm

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The ONLY Les Paul that shouldn't have a pickguard is the mid-2000s GT (presumably Gran Turismo, not Gold Top), with the ghost flames. Aw, yeah.
 

cvansickle

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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!!!

And this red flamey one...OMG!
LOVE that Ebony Standard!!!

I've posted this picture before, but here are my two big iron LPs, 1979 Custom and 2014 Trad Pro II. No flame on the Silverburst, so the guard looks good to me. After all these years, if I were to remove the pickguard now, you would see clearly how much the nitro has darkened.

As for the Sunburst, not only would the pickguard hide the flamey goodness, but I think it would get in the way of the Floyd!

 

davess23

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My old R6 came with a pickguard. Looks fine, and I've never seen any reason to take it off. On the other hand, my R8 has some nice flame under the pickguard, so at the moment it's off the guitar. Whatever works...
 

TD_Madden

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I'm not taking about all LP's peeps, just gold tops.

I know we can't talk about replicas & copies on here anymore but I just scored an amazing gold top & the thing looks so stupid with the pickguard, the guitar is "flashy" enough for me.
My original '52 MUST have it on.
 

kingrazor

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I like them fine with the pickguard off, but definitely prefer them with it on.

The pokerchip, however, is a necessity for me. Without it, the guitar just looks wrong.
 

GuitarWanabe

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I wonder when not installing it at the factory became a thing.
I don’t know? It’s a 2017 Traditional, I think it’s only these and Standards that came this way in the USA range - just for the flame top models maybe?

I didn’t get a poker chip though, trying to decide if I want one or not.
 

Mr Fingers

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The last big survey I encountered returned an even split. The pickguard is preferable to many because it's the original design and so it looks "right." On the other hand, people not wedded to the original design recognize that the guard itself is a piece of junk, the mounting is cruddy, and the rocket-fin shape, modern at the time, does not relate to the actual design of the guitar in the very least. It's a classic add-on. Personally, I don't need a guard against pick scratching, but if I did, or if I liked to anchor my pinky there, I'd leave it on. In my case, I think the look is cheesy and wonky, and I have no use for it. Just an individual choice.
 

mcdonaldkd

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My gigging guitar is a Goldtop. No guard. I have lots of other LPs and they all have guards. The GT just begs to go without, in my view.
 

Cornholio

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I think Les Pauls with a solid color top, or just a plain burst need the pick guard. If the top has a great flame or quilt, then it's ok off. My 02
 




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