Pickguard or No Pickguard?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bilbal, Feb 25, 2009.

Do you like to have a guard on your guitar?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. bilbal

    bilbal Member

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    So, as the title asks... do you prefer your guitar with or without it's pickguard and why?

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  2. m@2

    m@2 Supporting Member

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    kinda depends on the guitar, but i usually leave 'em on.

    I suppose a super bada$$ flame top might look better without though : )
     
  3. Jazzydave

    Jazzydave Seeker Silver Supporting Member

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    I voted "NO" but that's mainly bc if I have a choice, its gone. On strats and tele style guitars, obviously I don't remove them.

    On LPs, hollow bodies, etc, they're they first to go! I personally think it looks better and bc I anchor my fingers there, its more comfy w/o them.
     
  4. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub

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    Depends on the guitar.

    GAD
     
  6. shane8

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    frankenstrat here we come :thud but i said no to pickguards
     
  7. Lespaulsignature 74

    Lespaulsignature 74 Silver Supporting Member

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    I like the classy look they give to my guitars, besides protecting the paint job I think it dresses them up nicely . Obviously I like my guitars to look as minty as possible...no road worn, relic, etc. for me!!!
     
  8. todaystomorrow

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    I strongly believe Les Pauls look best with pickguards, regardless of the finish. Purely a cosmetic thing for me.
     
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    All depends on the guitar.
     
  10. Austinrocks

    Austinrocks Member

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    usually if the pickguard comes with the guitar I will leave it on, my larrivee has a clear pickguard which totally rocks, my current LP special did not come with one my previous one has a pickguard attached to the body, so was not a choice there, my epi has a very cool looking pickguard so really would not take it off unless it was broken.
     
  11. Motorhed

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    For Les Pauls, off it goes for me. I took it off mine and have never considered putting it back on. They feel like thier in the way to me and there's only a couple finishes that I like the looks of them on.
     
  12. plexistack

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    The entire idea of having a beautiful <insert price here> guitar then covering it up with a piece of PLASTIC just makes no sense to me. Furthermore, any ideas concerning attaching pickups to said piece of plastic can also be dismissed.
    Skip the pickguard. :messedup
     
  13. Deacon

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    I tried my Les Paul with and without the pickguard. Just liked the look better with the pickguard on.

    On my 335 and 137 Classic, I've never taken the pickguard off. I like em the way they are.

    To me, those "floating" pickguard on Gibsons are part of the look I guess.
     
  14. thirstypirate

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    We differ there. I strongly believe Les Pauls look better without them. Other guitars it depends.
     
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    :agree
    Having said that I don't think they serve much purpose for me. I play kinda hard, but the strings seem to take the abuse, not the guitar.
     
  16. skeeterbuck

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    I keep them stock. If they come from the factory on, then they stay on. If the come in the case for you to attach, like my once owned LP Std. premium plus, I leave them off.

    I have a thing about unused holes in my guitars. That said, I voted "Yes".
     
  17. slowhand66

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    For strats with 3 single coil guitars-Yes. For Strats with humbuckers-generally not but it depends. On Les Paul, also depends on the color scheme.
     
  18. Smakutus

    Smakutus Member

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    Me too..

    Jeff
     
  19. Simto

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    I like them on.. i think it looks good. and like Todaystomorrow said, i always prefer Les Pauls with one.
     
  20. Jerryr

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    I'm a little fanatical about keeping my stuff in good condition so I never remove pick guards. I just picked up this guitar which has no guard and I tried using a couple of sheets of that clear plastic they sell to protect the screens on PDA devices. The are suppose to be removable... held on by static I believe. I did a pretty messy job of applying them but they are invisible at more than a couple of feet away.

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    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009

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