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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Mickzep, Jun 25, 2018.
Can anyone help with a vintage pickguard query?
I'm thinking of purchasing the following pickguard off eBay for my 1974 strat.
The guy has it listed as a 70's guard, however, after searching online I've not seen another 70's guard with the same pattern shielding underneath.
Can anyone throw some light upon this as I really don't want to pay a premium for a relic'd reissue pickguard?
Any help would be much appreciated!
My -77 pick guard only has shielding around the pots.
That's all I seem to be seeing online...shielding around the pots.
I've looked on the Eddie Vegas site and none of his guards have the square shielding.
I just need to know whether it's 70's vintage or not.
My guess is not.
Besides. There should be stickers on it with the serial number from the guitar it used to beling to.
Not until '77, I think.
But yeah, that doesn't look right to me.
It would be right with the square shielding but the notch for the trussrod is missing for being a pickguard from 1970.
It can well be a ´71 transition time (square shielding but no notch) but I would buy a real 1974. It would not make any sense buying a real vintage one that is not from 1974 in my opinion.
All the best,
The seller claims it came off a 1974 strat...would that be correct then?
Also, why did they opt for square shielding on some strats and control shielding only on others??
Pretty sure a ‘74 would have been black.
And my ‘76 has only control cavity shielding.
74 was definitely white guards...
I think black ones kicked in around 75 but were definitely present in 76 and 77.