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Issues with Leaving Pickguard Off?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Tone Seeker, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Tone Seeker

    Tone Seeker TDPRI Member

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    Oct 30, 2008
    Regina, Canada
    If I build a partscaster without a pickguard, and finish it with nitro, will I have problems with pick marks?

    Terry.
     

  2. Ranger

    Ranger TDPRI Member

    92
    Dec 25, 2005
    Chicago
    Yes, if you ever play with a pick, otherwise no.
     

  3. Tone Seeker

    Tone Seeker TDPRI Member

    22
    Oct 30, 2008
    Regina, Canada
    I see a number of T-style guitars built w/o pickguards. Do they use a harder finish?

    Terry.
     

  4. pgeiger

    pgeiger TDPRI Member

    Age:
    32
    13
    Dec 16, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    I'm building a partscaster without a pickguard - but I don't use one.
     

  5. woodman

    woodman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free + Supporter

    Age:
    71
    Nov 28, 2004
    Mint Hill, NC
    yep, if you play it, pick marks will happen. it doesn't bother me, i see them as character marks on a well-played axe, but if cosmetic perfection is your thing, it may bother you.
     

  6. Gene Machine

    Gene Machine Tele-Meister

    Age:
    47
    424
    Mar 16, 2003
    Bedford, NS
    clear

    Brad Paisley uses a clear pickguard on his paisley custom teles and esquires. i think they are Crook guitars.

    anyway, dual purpose. you can see the body underneath and it protects the finish.

    g.
     

  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Yup, Brad likes those Crook machines, nice guitars.

    I agree with Woodman, pick wear is appropriate on a guitar just like dirt is appropriate on boots. I use tiny, vestigial pickguards for the same reason, if I miss the pickguard and hit the guitar, that is just the way it is.
     

  8. milkshape

    milkshape Tele-Holic

    652
    Nov 16, 2006
    New England
    The tele I made was finished with deft clear and it has pick marks, but I dunno if they are a problem, they don't stand out unless the light is hitting it at the right angle. I agree with woodman, character. It's my first home built and I decided not to get hung up about stuff like that.

    no pickguard
     

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