I've got a beef with the term 'blackguard'!!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by boneyguy, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. allen st. john

    allen st. john Friend of Leo's

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    The term "blackguard" was coined at a time when most (all?) production Telecasters had white (or "mint") pickguards.

    There's a similar situation in Martin acoustics.
    Pre-war dreds are called "herringbones" or "bones" because they had a herringbone marquetry strip near the binding, which was discontinued in the mid-1940s.
    Now Martin and other companies make dozens of models with "herringbone" trim, but it doesn't confuse real collectors who prize these vintage guitars.

    Fact is that a late 53 blackguard and an early 54 whiteguard are actually pretty similar but the blackguard is worth more because of that piece of plastic, just as a 1946 "Herringbone" Martin D-28 is worth more than a 1947 "non-herringbone" despite the fact that the '46 is more like the '47, and quite different than the highly coveted '39.

    I've also got a beef with the term "beef."
    There are vegetarians (and bovine) among us.
     
  2. Guitarmadcat

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    ..and here's my all-original '56 'Blackguard'
     

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  3. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    So the original blackguards were in charge of the kitchen utensils.

    Now there's a career path for you.
     
  4. Airguitar

    Airguitar Tele-Meister

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    The changing of the guards is popular in London.. Tourists come from all over to see guys with Telecasters and screwdrivers...
     
  5. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

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    So, is my AVRI 52 considered a Blackguard ???
     
  6. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

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    I don't think so but it is one heck of a tribute.
     
  7. WaylonFan76

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    :cry::oops:
     
  8. silentactors

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    Very similar to the Les Paul "Burst" isnt it? We all know that the term "Burst" refers the '58 - '60 Les Paul Standards with Sunburst. But how many other Les Pauls are sunburst?

    Anywho - just a thought, it really doesnt bother me at all, if its your guitar call it what you want!
     
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