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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by mapleglo, Oct 3, 2019.

What color pickguard works best?

  1. Tort

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    29.3%
  2. White Moto

    3 vote(s)
    5.2%
  3. Black

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
  4. Parchment

    24 vote(s)
    41.4%
  5. Some other color

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    15.5%
  1. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Some may have seen the Elite Stratocaster I got a little while back.

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    I also purchased a White Moto set of plastic, as I am not a fan of tort. Some might even say I am an anti-tortite.

    So at first, I thought that perhaps the tort wasn't so bad. But now I think I want to swap it out. So I changed the tremolo cover first. I'm not so sure I like the moto either.

    tort.jpg

    white moto.jpg

    Looking at the Musician's Friend website, I see that 5 colors are available. I'm not a fan of mint green. And I'm wondering how close parchment will be to the body color. I wonder if it will clash, like I think the moto clashes. That leaves black, and everyone knows black goes with everything.

    So should I just stop obsessing and keep the tort? Swap it for the moto? Get the black? Some other color?
     
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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Counting headlice on the highway Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You hate tort and you hate mint green....... Kill me now!! I don't want to live anymore!

    Who am I kiddin'...nobody can kill me.
     
  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Well, "hate" is a pretty strong word. I typically use "not a fan" on purpose. It's not my preference, but it didn't stop me from buying the guitar. Further, it'll cost like $40 to change to black, or some other color. And while I like the moto, I'm not sure it fits better than the tort for this color. So I'm still undecided.
     
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  4. CigBurn

    CigBurn Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    T'wer me I'd go Parchment.. then maybe black.
     
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  5. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nothing looks better with white than Mint Green IMO.
     
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  6. Morf2540

    Morf2540 Strat-O-Master

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    White gives you a blank slate. A rare opportunity to express yourself. How about a color of some kind? Look around various websites, there are a zillion options.
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  7. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

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    Um, is this a trick or treat question?

    Black of course!

    Sent from my HUAWEI VNS-L22 using Tapatalk
     
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  8. Otisblove

    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the look of a pickguard that is whiter than the guitar it resides on.
     
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  9. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    The only problem is that the Elite models have a "notch" in the pickguard to allow fit for the wheel/truss rod adjustment.

    pickguard.jpg

    I suppose it's easy enough to file out a standard pickguard. I guess I'm being lazy.
     
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  10. Morf2540

    Morf2540 Strat-O-Master

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    Ah, I didn't realize....
     
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  11. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Parchment takes a significant lead:

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    I wonder how close the color is to the guitar's body. I really wish I could see the contrast before I invest the $40.
     
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  12. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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  13. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Well, I just ordered a black and a parchment pickguard. The parchment will be here tomorrow, black on Saturday. Oddly enough, they did not have a parchment tremolo cover, so I'll either leave the moto on, or use the black one. Heh, all the money I saved on getting a open box, I'm blowing on accessories...
     
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  14. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    Quite like this steel guard
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  15. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    White.
     
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    79olympicwhite Strat-O-Master

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    I’d go black guard with black pup covers or white guard black pups
     
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    jim293 Strat-O-Master

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    I voted parchment.
     
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  18. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster

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    This is actually Parchment (not mint) on my Olympic White Strat.

    Guitars 2 7 28 2018.jpg

    It has a little gray in the white to offset a stark white. I don't think you can go wrong with Parchment, and it will look even better as your white guitar starts to yellow with age like mine has. :thumb:

    And it looks a little different in different light/angles, like in my Avatar, the yellowing of the body (and maybe the RW board) makes it appear Mint Green. But it is indeed Parchment.
     
  19. Ducerro

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    I don't normally like tort, but on THAT strat it looks awesome! I'd leave it! But it ain't my guitar (sadly)...
     
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    longboard blues Strat-Talker

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    I didn’t like white MOP.. but then I found parchment/cream MOP. MUCH nicer. IMHO, YMMV, etc.
     
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