Handmade Pickguard, your opinions wanted!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by rogue.guineapig, Apr 23, 2008.

What do you think?

  1. FRICKIN' AWESOME! Where can I buy one?

  2. Not my thing, but pretty cool

  3. Seen them before, so-so

  4. Don't really like it

  5. It sucks. You should be banned.

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    I wish I could say I made this...but I'd be a dirty rotten liar.
    My buddy Chuck makes them...all by hand, hand traced from original pickguards.
    No CNC machines. Just hand tools and some small power tools.
    This particular one is made out of African Mahogany.
    He's done a few for Teles, basses, and other stuff, out of the
    Mahogany and also Black Walnut. He obviously would love to get
    a hold of some flamed maple, and birdseye maple as well.
    Yes the pickup switch slot is a bit crooked.
    Hence, the handmade part. :)
    The finish is a Tung Oil I've been applying for the last week.
    you have no idea how hard it is to lick one of these things evenly. :drool
    What say ye?


    I might add that the upper part looks darker in the pix for some reason...in reality, it is not this way.
    Maybe it's my flash or something...but that darker upper bout is really the same as the rest of it.
     
  2. fyler

    fyler Member

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    very nice work! i made the (admittedly more primitive) pickguard on this guitar:
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  3. trumpus

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    Nice! Can I get one for my G&L Legacy?
     
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    i think it'd look better with a slight bevel. neat though!
     
  5. Dexter.Sinister

    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    Que lindo...but not my style. Very good job!

    DS
     
  6. Aj_rocker

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    love it, now just need a guitar to strap one too.


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  7. rogue.guineapig

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    he can make them with a bevel, and for different styles too...
    he just did one out of a highly figured black walnut for my buddies
    Ernie Ball bass...I can't wait to see it...saw the raw piece of wood...
    was amazing. "Angel Step" is what they call it...great stuff.
    RGP
     
  8. Smakutus

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    I think it's cool looking but I would never put one of them on a Strat.

    Jeff
     
  9. nibus

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    Would look sweet on a blonde or black strat.
     
  10. rogue.guineapig

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    fortunately I have a Black Strat. :D
    imagine a natural maple one on a black strat,
    or a Black Walnut with a lot of figuring on a white strat. :)
     
  11. shaneygoo

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    i'm debating getting or making a pickguard for my 7 string, i'm not sure where i can get one that fits it or if i'll have to get a blank and cut up myself...

    its a black guitar, black pickguard is kind of plain i'm thinking wood or something funky or vintage...
     
  12. rogue.guineapig

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    if you have an idea for a cool looking wood (google is your friend),
    I could ask to see if he'd do one for ya in that type of wood if he
    could get it. I don't know what he'd charge...like I said, I could ask.
    They don't have much trouble finding rare stuff...
    last time I was in his shop I saw a piece of bubinga the size of a
    front door...a BIG front door. a good 4-4.5 feet wide, 7 foot tall,
    and about 2-3 inches thick. Utterly incredible stuff.
     
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    it's definitely not my style, but that thing looks like it was professionally made. what color strat are you gonna mount that on? i'm curious to as how it would look
     
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    You call that primitive? This is primitive:

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    ...Anyway, yed, the wooden strat pickguard looks real nice. It's not my style but I respect the craftsmanship. :)

    -Scott
     
  16. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    that is indeed pretty, but i would be afraid that one good thump on the knob/switch area would cave it right in!
     
  17. rogue.guineapig

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    not at all, it's very very sturdy...the crafter and the guy with the bass with the walnut pickguard are here with me now...they both say it's more sturdy then the plastic and I am very inclined to agree.
    I have a black strat and I will post pix of it when I get it mounted.
    Also, Chuck, the crafter has a white strat with the same pickguard...
    it does look good.
    Hopefully more pix to come!!
    RGP
     
  18. rogue.guineapig

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    Chuck's Strat, Greg's Bass.
    Bass is Black Walnut, strat is African Mahogany.
    Enjoy!
     

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