Guard or no guard?

Guard?

  • Yes

    Votes: 17 63.0%
  • No

    Votes: 7 25.9%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 11.1%

  • Total voters
    27

GoodwillHunter

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Pick guard or no pick guard? I originally intended this build to have an exposed neck pickup rout but the body made by wildwood has a large and sloppy cut hole so I bought a neck pickup ring to cover it. The pickup ring doesn’t even cover the hole all the way. If I used the pickguard I’d have to cut it more to make it fit with the pickup ring. Bottom photo on white background is my original concept mock-up.

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KelvinS1965

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I've been debating this myself on a Cabronita build. Like you mine was originally going to have a white guard (I'm not a fan of 'tort') as I like the combination on the Eric Clapton Strat when they are finished in 'Pewter'. Unfortunately the shop that supplied mine seem to think Pewter is a dark metallic blue, so I'm living with it for now until I can strip it down and respray it myself in the spring.

It's a shame about the gaps round your neck pickup surround as I think it would have looked better with the Cabronita style guard. I'd be inclined to fit a standard Tele guard though to cover the gaps. I think the pickup ring looks a bit of an afterthought, especially as it doesn't fully cover the hole.

This is mine (nothing like 'Pewter'):
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I think I'll wait until I've done it in the intended colour first.
 

El Tele Lobo

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Personally, I don't care for the pickup ring. I would either direct mount the pickup to the body with the guard you have shown, or get a clear guard and mount through the pickguard so you can see that beautiful finish.
 

boxocrap

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Pick guard or no pick guard? I originally intended this build to have an exposed neck pickup rout but the body made by wildwood has a large and sloppy cut hole so I bought a neck pickup ring to cover it. The pickup ring doesn’t even cover the hole all the way. If I used the pickguard I’d have to cut it more to make it fit with the pickup ring. Bottom photo on white background is my original concept mock-up.

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kinda like both ways but..for looks..naked looks really nice
 

VicUA

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With pickguard looks more better. I might try a 1-ply ivory color. But white not bad too.
 

Gardo

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It just looks naked without one
Here’s one I did a couple years ago
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