Help me choose a pickguard

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by dewey decibel, Feb 9, 2012.

Which guard?

  1. A) classic Gibby

  2. B) Guild

  3. C) something else

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  1. dewey decibel

    dewey decibel Supporting Member

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    Hey, I've got this old Kay Swingmaster here, had it for awhile but wasn't sure if I was going to keep it, but I just refretted and set it up and it's now KILLER. Anyway when I got it I hated the original guard and knew if I kept it I'd replace it, already have a dark brown tortoise blank, just need to decide on a shape. I made a couple cutouts with tag-board and have gotten it down to these two;

    A) The classic Gibson archtop shape
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    B) Sort of a mix between Guild and Epi
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    To be honest I'm not really happy with either, I think the Gibson style is OK but not very interesting. It doesn't detract but doesn't really add anything either. The second option follows the shape of the guitar more but I can't find a curve to the top part that I like (I still feel the one in the pic is too big).

    I would just leave it without but I tend to anchor my right hand when I play, and now that I'm playing this guitar more and getting used the distance between the strings and body it's affecting my performance on other guitars, so I need a pickguard to elevate my hand.
     
  2. dewey decibel

    dewey decibel Supporting Member

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    Here's a pic of the original (you can see why it's off the guitar now).

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  3. TheHeavy

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    in my humble opinion

    none of them look right to me

    1st id try the option below (lets hope my pic link worked) and if not, go with number 1 and just clean up the edges a bit and maybe dbl it up like the gibby everly bros flat top acoustics.
    and a subtle 3ply goes along way

    beautiful guitar btw

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    I vote for the Gibson archtop shape
     
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    Sweetfinger Supporting Member

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    Of the two- the Guild/Epi.
     
  8. Blue_n_Jazz

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    Don't cover those beautiful F-holes. Shape it down to reveal the F.
     
  9. Blue_n_Jazz

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    Mod one and trim the knob off.
     
  10. Sidmore

    Sidmore no talent hack Silver Supporting Member

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    are you sure it NEEDS a pickguard?
     
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    I'd go with no pick-guard.
     
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    I think the guild style pick guard would look really cool in tortoise shell.
     
  13. dewey decibel

    dewey decibel Supporting Member

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    I might try an ultra simple teardrop like that, thanks.

    I actually have some cutouts of one more like the guard on a Harmony Meteor. I made all these over a year ago and just dug them up. The thing with that shape is you run into the same issue as with the Gibby guard, the bottom horn isn't covered. Not saying it has to be, but all of those guitars had switches on the lower horn, mine doesn't. Because of that I feel like I have to either put a little bit of guard there or at least have a design with some movement in that direction.

    You can't see in the pics, but there's actually a bit of damage to the body there. Not damage really, just that the top started to compress a bit there.

    Not sure what you mean by that.

    As I said, I need a pickguard. I anchor my picking hand, without a pickguard I anchor to the body. The issue is there's too much distance between the strings and the body which is messing with my technique.
     
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    No guard.

    EDIT: OK, just read your last post. I'd go with the Gibby shape, but black.
     
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    Of the three, I'd go with the Gibby.
     
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    the one that you are taking off is hoorible...

    i like the gibson guard, or none at all
     
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    Make one out of wood.
     
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    I think either of those work, but I think the slightly quirky Guild-ish one works pretty well.
     
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    Gotcha - that makes sense. Hmmm... still thinking.
     
  20. Craig Gates

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    Check out the Orpheum on the third row, third from the left at this link: http://kingofkays.com/American.aspx

    Could work! Has a bit of the "forward motion" you want. I still prefer your Epi/Guild combo, though.
     

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