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

What color pickguard works best?

  1. Tort

    17 vote(s)
    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

    9 vote(s)
    15.5%
  1. Fuggle

    Fuggle Strat-Talker

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    Really? This doesn't tickle you in all the right places?

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  2. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Mint Green Rules!
     
  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    It doesn't. I think there are times and places for mint green, like my guitar case, but it doesn't do much for me as a pickguard.

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  4. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Go with Parchment!! That's what I chose for my "white-out" Strat, and I love it!

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  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    So the parchment pickguard came in today.

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    I think it looks better than the tort, but it's not as close to the body color as I had hoped. The black guard arrives tomorrow. I'll see how that looks and then decide which one I'll go with.

    Parchment is still ahead of tort in the poll, 15 to 8. I could be happy with the parchment if I don't like the black.
     
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  6. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I've bought a lot of pickguards over time. I've found that the whites, aged whites, creams, and parchments (yes, and even mints) tend to vary a lot in color from source to source. It is very difficult to find a very close match to an Oly White body. I must have tried 5 different guards before I settled on the one shown in the post above.
     
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  7. Anacharsis

    Anacharsis Strat-Talk Member

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    Tortoise shell is just an eyesore to me. I don't care for black, particularly on a Strat. White, parchment, mint, white pearloid, cream/aged pearloid are all fine by me.
     
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  8. 3bolt79

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    That would look really *****en with a black or charcoal pearloid pickguard and cover. I had one on the White Telecaster Deluxe I gave to my son 09E4716C-1FCE-4773-9663-9519B9CC8DE3.jpeg
     
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  9. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Wow, that charcoal pearloid looks really nice. Too bad that color isn't made for the Elite. I may have to get out my file if i don't care for the black.
     
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  10. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I found it on eBay, from a seller in the UK. They make them for strats, but you would have to cut the notch out for truss wheel. It wasn’t a Fender brand guard. And it was expensive. Cost me almost fifty bucks. But the coolest thing is that, depending on the light, it reflects different and sometimes looks darker, lighter, and kind of bluish. And sometimes it would have pink in it. The pic is the same guard as my earlier photo.
     
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  11. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Thanks for the additional pic and info. Hmmm, pink. That's an option I hadn't thought of for this guitar...
     
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  12. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a '72 RI Deluxe Tele that came in the all Walnut finish with the wide range humbuckers and a very massive, black pickguard. I replaced the neck with one from a Custom '72 RI just to get the Tele headstock and a Pau Ferro Board. But it just didn't look right to me with the black guard. So just for kicks, I ordered a brown Tort guard that was guaranteed to fit from a Chinese outlet....I think it was like $15. Of course it didn't arrive for about a month and I almost forgot about it. When it did arrive, I was blown away by the quality, color, full 3-ply construction, and it fit the guitar perfectly. The installation was a bit difficult, but these really are large, heavily loaded pickguards. I may have just got lucky and it is the only Tort guard that I own....I really do like it!! It added the color that was needed!

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  13. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    This is more of an antique white than yours, but anodized gold could look good.
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  14. mapleglo

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    So the black pickguard arrived. Took off the tort. I think I'm going with parchment, though the black looks pretty good too.

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    Thinking about it now, a clear pickguard might look pretty cool too :p

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  15. Dreamdancer

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    Like many above said...mint green is THE bad ass color for a white strat followed by maybe aged white....my take on pickguards aside from solid colors would be to make a second pickguard and glue illustrations on them....it doesnt need to be crazy stuff..maybe just a solid faded color with a few floral patterns or a photo of a blue jean so you ll have a denim looking pickguard...you name it....for a strat half the look is the pickguard so its worth the time to go to photoshop and start trying stuff out...you ll be surprised of what works and what doesnt.....
     
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  16. mapleglo

    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Went with the parchment.

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  17. CigBurn

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    Gorgeous.. all there is to it. :)
     
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  18. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Perfect!

    That's "The Look" in my opinion.

    Congrats! :thumb:
     
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  19. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

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    There's a simple set of rules that go with this topic. With a rosewood neck, mint and tortoise look great, and parchment looks good too. With maple, parchment looks great, and black is acceptable too. Beyond these options, you're taking your chances.
     
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  20. Number1207

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    I liked the original tort but I reckon the Parchment works very well - nicely understated and looks cool

    Nice job Mapleglo
     
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