Wood pickguard

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  1. brmusician

    brmusician Strat-Talker

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    Hi,

    I have a Fender Eric Clapton Artist Series strat, and the pickguard is bent (1-ply, 8-hole issue). So I was researching about a better pickguard, perhaps a 3-ply, but I've found a seller on Ebay who makes wood ones. Decided to give a try... it seems to nearly match the tone of the maple neck, but until I have it in hands, I'd like to know what do you think? Is it less prone to bending than the 1-ply one? Hopefully it will give another character to the tone, who knows? Here goes the picture:

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  2. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, it won’t bend. Personally I don’t find it appealing.. and also- no, your tone will
    not be affected whatsoever.
     
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  3. Guy Named Sue

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    I believe our own @henderman builds stuff like that. He should know.
     
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  4. TimJ

    TimJ Strat-O-Master

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    I put a wooden pickguard on my SG (it’s one of the smaller types covering only the lower half of the body, not a full-on batwing).

    Certainly no bending of the pickguard, or indeed tonal difference. I did find that the wood darkened a little where I rest my hand on it though, though that may not be an issue with a lighter wood as you show above.
     
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  5. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    I quite like it. Let's see it installed. :)

    Maybe an oil finish that can be reapplied every so often? Clear nitro or poly would be cool too.
     
  6. brmusician

    brmusician Strat-Talker

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    I kind of agree with you, but a 3-ply white pickguard is probably the less appealing pickguard to me. The 1-ply one looks nicer, but it bends, so I decided to give a try to wood in the same tone as the neck. It will probably look a bit weird, but I expect it will make the guitar look more like "my guitar" instead of Clapton's one. Nothing wrong with Eric Clapton, he's a great influence to me, but I just got this guitar because it was a very good deal. I've removed a couple of tremolo springs plus that piece of wood that locks the tremolo, and set the bridge to float.
     
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  7. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Senior Stratmaster

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    They make some acrylic pickguards that are supposed to be better as far as bending goes. Good luck with finding something though!
     
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  8. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    There is always adonized aluminium.

    I never though much about flexing. How is that a problem?

    I opted for an aluminium shield under a plastic guard, not for flexing but for grounding.

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    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    If you`re really into wood pickguards, check out these guys...

    I dealt with them, efficient shipping, fair prices and very friendly...

    Pickguards | Spaltkinguitars
     
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  10. Sparque

    Sparque Seriously-Stratified Silver Member

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    I have a fretless bass made by a local builder (Tyler), and it features a maple pickguard and thumb rest, fashioned by the builder.

    It's pretty great.

    I don't think a pickguard can affect tone exactly, but it's still pretty great.

    :)

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  11. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Senior Stratmaster

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    basically the thin plastic warps slightly and causes an empty space under it. Beautiful PG!!
     
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  12. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Most Honored Senior Member

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    Ah, got it.

    Thanks! I like (fake) tortoise (hawksbill). The source no longer makes that one. : /

    https://www.greasygroove.com/

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  13. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I know a guy that can make them out of black and/or white Kydex. That stuff will never warp and is always single ply. I have one of the black ones.
     
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  14. pookie613

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    Here's my boat anchor Strat with a wooden pickguard. Purely cosmetic, all that wood makes zero difference in the sound (except for the wooden whammy bar tip). It probably would fare better than a plastic pickguard in a 100+F garage, but would probably warp if you park a frosty mug of beer on it.
    :sneaky:

    It's more noisy than a plastic pickguard if you drag your fingernails across it.

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    That's cool. Do you have a thread on that build somewhere? Warmoth body?
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Here’s my Warmoth Strat with an ebony pickguard. Extremely rigid.

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    I got an African rosewood guard for my Thinline Tele, and it's now 3 years old and looking as nice as the day It arrived. The guitar is natural ash and the pickguard really stands out on it. Just saying.
     
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    i think as long as the guitar is not kept in a humid place the wood pick guard would be fine.
     
  20. CRobbins

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    My partscaster has a maple burl pickguard.

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