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Going Green! (Mint Strat Pickguard Shootout)...

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  1. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I've finally got my "Project Blackie" dialed in (tone-wise), but it visually looked a little anemic to me...

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    ...so I decided to give it a little color upgrade and began my search for the perfect mint green pickguard...

    First I'd like to point out a few problems I discovered as it pertains to the mint color:

    1) It's almost impossible to capture an accurate depiction of the true color of a mint green pickguard when taking pictures, and, even if you do, the other colors around it seem to be off, thus still providing a somewhat misleading representation of how the overall guitar looks.

    2) There seems to be an endless array of mint "shades" out there, even when dealing with a Fender branded product.

    3) The "correct" color of mint is obviously subjective, so please keep that in mind.

    Anyway, here's a short synopsis of my "mint finding" adventure...

    My first attempt at acquiring a mint-like Strat pickguard started by me trying to go the cheap route. I found a no-name one on eBay and I knew from the second I saw it that I hated it, so I then played it safe and just got the Fender version. Here's the first one and the Fender one side by side to show the contrast between the two:

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    As you can see the generic one (in front) has an almost fluorescent appearance to it, and definitely wasn't going to work for me.

    So, needless to say, I went with the Fender version, BUT, not one to leave well enough alone, I decided to try one more source (just to see if I could get a little closer to the color I was seeing in my head) and ordered another mint pickguard from "Guitar Fetish", and...

    ...not so good...

    While the Guitar Fetish pickguard had the lighter color that I was kind of going for, it too had a sort of fluorescent appearance as well, so that made it equally unusable for me. Here are some shots comparing the three versions...

    The Generic one over the Fender:

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    The Guitar Fetish one over the Fender:

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    The Generic and Guitar Fetish together (notice how they almost seem to "glow"):

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    And finally, picts of the Fender mint green pickguard installed - taken at different angles and with different lighting:

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    Anyway, my conclusion: The Fender version of mint green wins hands down!



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  2. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-O-Master

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    The Fender ones do look best..IMO

    That looks really sharp!
     
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  3. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    Another vote for the Fender MG....others seem to be more of a pistachio color....

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    Black w/MG to me is a classic color combo....:thumb::thumb:
     
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  4. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looks really good!
     
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  5. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    Nice guitar

    I went mint green on my Clapton strat, a somewhat subtle green one that has faded some over the last couple years.



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  6. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just changed mine as well.
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  7. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Weird how fluorescent the aftermarket ones are. I wasn’t expecting them to be less minty and sooooooooo green.

    Both of mine are super subtle mint. It’s very hard to pick up on a camera but easy to see in person. The one on my black Strat is aftermarket from Donlis Music in China, the one on my sunburst Strat is Fender OEM.

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  8. AxemanVR

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    I was hoping to get something a little more subtle too, but I'm not especially unhappy with the one I got either, so it'll stay for now - partly due to the fact that I've already wasted enough time and money as it is! (hopefully it'll fade over time like @radd's did).

    Yours look great though...


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  9. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I like it before and after the pickguard change. What model is this?
     
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  10. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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    Lovely looking guitar with great contrast between the “Butter milk.” Body colour and the pick guard which, for me is absolutely perfect! Beautiful combination :rolleyes: :p
     
  11. AxemanVR

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    It's actually my "Let's-see-how-great-a-guitar-I-can-get-using-the-cheapest-parts-I-could-find" project:

    2001 Squier SE Special Strat body.
    2013 Fender Modern Player Strat neck (made at the same factory as the Squier Classic Vibe models).
    Squier Classic Vibe 50s Strat Alnico III pickups and aged white switch tip.
    2004 Squier Standard Strat pots, cap and switch.
    "MIM" Strat Tremolo unit.
    Fender aged white pickup covers and knobs.
    and, of course, a Fender mint green pickguard...


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  12. radd

    radd Strat-O-Master

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    It was not easy finding a nice vintage
    Style 8 hole one for the Strat I posted about a few posts back.
     
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    Nice!
     
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  14. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Subtle is good! Fender OEM all the way!

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  15. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Very well done sir! It surely looks like a great Strat. I was even tricked into thinking it could be an American-made model. In my humble opinion it would look even better with a wider spaced bridge (vintage style). Those tiny saddles put me off, but it's no biggie. It would probably require re-drilling but there's something about that shiny bridge with small saddles that is standing out from the guitar. Well, in my opinion anyway.
     
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    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    Using this on my partscaster build...Lashing mint ‘62 guard in celluloid. I haven’t seen a more authentic green-gray shade and the celluloid is very luxurious. Will be white blonde—awaiting delivery of the finished body and, separately, the neck. Top photo is the guitar I copied for this build.
     

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  17. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-O-Master

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    You can say that again!!

    10 hole either..and it was listed as Pure Vintage part even..

    I'm stuck with the stock 62 RI version. :D (MIM lacquer 60's classic)
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    I used the Pure Vintage 60's "Vintage White" plastic set on mine, I love the lighter look of the white that is just staring to turn.
     
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  18. JP68

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    This thread is helpful to me! I've been pulling out what little of my hair I have left trying to decide between a mint and parchment guard on my black/rosewood Strat.
     
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  19. AxemanVR

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    Thanks!

    These parts are top notch as far as I’m concerned and the Modern Player neck in particular is exceptional imo.

    I do have the wider vintage spaced tremolo on my 2018 Fender Road Worn 50s Strat (1956 clone), which is my main Strat...

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    ...although the Blackie is definitely giving it a run for its money!

    The MIM tremolo spacing doesn’t bother me enough to go through the trouble of relocating the screws...


     
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  20. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    They sure are. I have 2 Strats with the narrower spacing and they play just fine. It's almost unnoticeable to the fingers, not so much to the eye, but that's just a small aesthetic thing. Your guitar looks great as is.
     
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