What do you think of my new Strat Pick guard?

Jollyb

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All opinions welcome:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230219693855


I have a natural Finished parts strat and I'm just kinda sick of the Bland white pick guard:



I didn't know what I wanted........I just wanted something different. I thought this fit the bill. Not sure what the holes are above the tone pots but the seller assured me they can't be seen with the Knobs on. He threw in free shipping if I hit the BIN so I went for it.

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Chikn

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Those mystery holes are there because some pots have small tabs on the side that would fit into those holes. Their purpose is to lock the pot in place so that it doesn't come loose as easily.
 

Jollyb

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Those mystery holes are there because some pots have small tabs on the side that would fit into those holes. Their purpose is to lock the pot in place so that it doesn't come loose as easily.


Cool. Thanks for that. That's exactly what he said but I had not seen them before. But as long as you can't see them.........Good Idea actually. I can be kinda tough on my Volume pot. :BEER Its shielded too! I'm curious to see if that makes any difference.
 
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It might look a little weird against the natural grain, but if you like it that's cool. I agree white is boring, but my personal choice would have been moto or tortoiseshell (which is probably relatively trite against a natural finish, too).
 

Jollyb

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Cool. That's exactly what I was gonna get if something hadn't caught my eye. I was looking for a brownish(not reddish) Kinda shell Guard. Then I saw this and thought it would look different. I like the Guards to be a contrast to the Guitar. I don't dig Black on black or white on white. I saw a few Natural colored real wood ones that I was really on the fence about, but I realized I definitely wanted a contrast. Hopefully it will wake up a boring parts strat. :BEER
 

prsflame

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I like it, and think it would look cool. Post pics once it arrives. I think it will do more for the guitar than the white guard.:)
 

CitizenCain

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I think it looks great! I've never seen one with the holes for the pot locating pins. All the control pots I use on guitars have the pins broken off or bent flat to the body (except in a LP mounting plate).
 

Jollyb

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I think it looks great! I've never seen one with the holes for the pot locating pins. All the control pots I use on guitars have the pins broken off or bent flat to the body (except in a LP mounting plate).


First time I saw that too. Its actually a good Idea when you think about it. This guy seemed really into it. The extra holes, he shielded it, he went on and on about the Paint technique being like 200 years old. I figured I HAD to buy it...........
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Jollyb

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Well here she is:

Before:



After:



I think its pretty cool. A tortoise shell would have been cool , but everyone has one of those. This is definitely not crazy different.......just enough to be cool. It was not a 1,2,3 retro fit either. Damn thing fought me every step of the way. Its a good 1/4 smaller on the horns and around the Top. All new holes had to be drilled for the screws and the Holes for the Tone Pots needed to be drilled out. Lots of lacquer in the pickup cutouts so I had to score them with a utility knife. I thought for sure I was gonna crack it before I was finished. But I'm happy with the results. I think it woke up that sorry Strat and then some. :AOK
 

satyr

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that's cool! it looks like a creme brulee exploded on your guitar.

tasty riffs. as fast as you can.
 

dk123123dk

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I like it a lot!

any info on the parts that went into her? I like that body, shes a real looker. And yes I am referring to the guitar!

dk
 
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Bold choice pays off!
"After" is way cooler, and the pickguard's color really complements the nicely-grained body.
With the white PG, it kinda reminded me of Jeff Beck's Strat in the 70's (minus the broken PG), but was slightly pedestrian.
Good move!
 

Pags

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That looks neat, like your guitar has an open wound or scab.
 

uvacom

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That looks great! May I suggest trying black knobs/pu covers? It would accent the border of the pickguard better and would look very 70s.
 




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