Les Paul pickguard

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  1. acwild

    acwild Member

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    I just got a 2008 Standard Plus. Gibson includes a pickguard, but I'd have to drill the holes. I just can't see doing this as the top is gorgeous. The strings seem to be very high off the body so I really don't see a need. How many of you have installed the pickguard?
     
  2. 5E3

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    I actually removed the pick guard from my LP Studio, looks much better without it and I haven't scratched up the body at all; then again I'm not a wild strummer :) I say leave it off if you prefer.

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    What color guitar and what color pick guard? If its a nice combo like a transparent red guitar and cream pick guard it might actually look good. If its like pink and orange... no way!!! lol
     
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    Great picture!!! its funny my friend has the same guitar but what he did was get rid of all the black plastic and gold hard ware and installed a nice cream colored Pick guard those vintage gold knobs ect it almost looks like a standard now minus the binding.
     
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    I left mine off of my '06 Cherry Burst Standard - it just looks much better without one... (Switching to a Fender for a different song kind of throws your picking hand off-kilter for a minute, though.)
     
  6. Rumble

    Rumble Instrumental Rocker Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a bit old-fashioned regarding LPs and like the guards. It's not a biggie one way or the other though. No matter how nice a top I see w/out a guard, I always envision myself with said LP in a drill press drilling away for those 2 screws!*



    *(of course, I would actually use a handdrill)
     
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    I kept the pickguard on my Goldtop.

    I don't even play with a pick, but I tihnk it looks right with it and home made without it.

    BYW there is nothing wrong with home made guitars IMHO they usually just look different than factory made stuff.
     
  8. acwild

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    Here's the guitar. It came with a white (or antique white?) pickguard. I'm thinking maybe on a black LP, but not one with a figured top. Jmho.

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  9. Nuclearfishin

    Nuclearfishin Supporting Member

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    Leave it off, the guitar looks great as is!
     
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    You have a another choice...I didn't want to drill anything on my '07 Standard and I didn't want to cover up the gorgeous burst top...so I got a Bobby Lee Signature Series pickguard...it mounts on to your pickup rings without the extra screws/hardware needed for drilling...looks just like the stock pickguard but it's a clear, thicker and sturdier material than the stock...
     
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    Thanks! That's what I'm thinking. The LP pickguard seems like it's more cosmetic than functional to me, which is why I posted. I was wondering if anyone finds that it's really necessary for protection. By the way, I'm new to the whole LP thing, so pardon my ignorance. I was primarily a Strat player.
     
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    Sounds like an interesting option, thanks! I definitely don't have the stomach to have this guitar drilled.
     
  13. 5E3

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    Gorgeous! If you are counting votes, I say NO on the pickguard :D
     
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    I think your guitar looks great. Though personally I think Les Pauls look more like Les Paul's with a pickguard. But I think what you like is what you should have.
     
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    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    I always prefer the pickguard on.
    I don't think of it as "hiding a nice top".

    I agree that the Vintage Mahoghany's look really nice with creme plastic.
     
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    I like it without. Nice top!
     
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    Just say NO! (to drilling holes, that is)
     
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    Man that's a great looking guitar. I like the pickguards on my Les Pauls, but I don't think I would drill holes on that one.
     
  19. acwild

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    Thanks for all of the replies. I have to say that I am a little surprised at all the votes for putting the pickguard on. Interesting.
     
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