telecaster pickguard

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  1. gabazz

    gabazz TDPRI Member

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    I would like to get my first telecaster. Looking for a MIM standad. I really like the toneburst and blonde finish, but locally there is only a white one. To improve the looks I may consider replacing the pickguard. Would a black one or a brown tortoise pickguard look better with a white tele?
     
  2. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Welcome to TDPRI!

    But man, did you ask a loaded question. It's a matter of taste. There's no such thing as better.

    To me, tortoise is better on white, but what the hell do I know?
     
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  3. gabazz

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    Thank you!

    I know its about taste. Would like some feedback from others.
     
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    Agree, a matter of taste.

    Personally, I love white Tele with white 3-ply pickguard.
     
  5. gabazz

    gabazz TDPRI Member

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    White on white is too much white for me! I did not mention I'm going for a maple neck.
     
  6. JustStartingOut

    JustStartingOut Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I'd go with black. Any solid color actually, not a fan of tortoise guards :)
     
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    Gold sparkle would be cool
     
  8. ScribbleSomething

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    LOL, I just posted this in a different thread.

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    I found it real cheap on eBay. I only had to wait for it to come from China.

    But for the OP original question either of those colors would work very well. As would gold sparkle. The sparkle would probably work better on white.

    With a white guitar almost any color will work great. Mint green is nice. Red tort would look good.

    If you screw the neck pickup into the body (or go esquire) you can change the guard whenever you want.
     
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  9. MrGibbly

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    Welcome! I think there are a lot of guards that would look great on a white Tele. Black, tortoise, tooled leather, etc. Hard to go wrong!
     
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    I bought a white MIM that came with a mint pickguard. Couldn’t get it off fast enough - blah! Replaced it with a black one. Looks very sharp now :)
     
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    It's a proven fact that tortoise guards not only sound better, but improve sustain and your kids will get better test scores.....but it's your choice.;)
     
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    Another vote for tort.
     
  13. gabazz

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    :eek: How do you know I have kids you must be a stalker!
     
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    Burgundy swirly tort on white if you got the rosewood fretboard. Black if you have a maple neck. Be warned, most modern Fender brown tort nowadays looks like puke and generally mistaken for black, in my strong opinion.

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  15. gabazz

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    thank you!
     
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    C'mon dude!...it's the internet. Your entire life is an open book!
     
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    Whatever you pick, don't be surprised when the holes don't line up. That's actually common and even considered normal by some.
     
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    Just use a tortoise shell pickguard. It's not typical resale garbage quality that black and white are and it will add a little flare all its' own that you can't get just anywhere! I've had three Teles and they had black pickguards on them - be bold and go off the beaten path.
     
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    The local store had only black in stock and I liked it.
     
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    Just look online for photo's of Tele's with different guards.
     
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