Leather Pickguards on a tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Tim73, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Tim73

    Tim73 Friend of Leo's

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    Well folks, Doug has just finished mine & emailed me the pic...

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    ...which is going on this guitar (I'll be removing the decal)....

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    Thanks for the original link, he's done me proud. I can't wait for it to arrive so I can put it on the guitar!
     
  2. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    You can see the one I made in my partscaster thread...
    I have finished the body (nitro lacquer over shellac) but I need to wait another week before I can polish and buff the nitro.... talk about a long coupla weeks... I am going to put the finish (coffee brown) on the pickguard this week while waiting on the body.

    The pics here are unfinished wood and unfinished leather.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaster-discussion-forum/82576-simpson-pine-partscaster.html
     
  3. sudancat

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    Leather PG on mine. No tone difference that I can tell. They look great.

    However, they will bow if left in a humid place. Leave them in the case when not playing or a climate controlled place

    I left mine in the guitar stand in my shop in June,turned the A/C off that night.That same night it rained,next day I picked it up to play and the pg had bowed up to the strings,you couldnt play it. I was beligerent at that point, but I put it in the case and next day it was fine. My fault I guess, but just be aware they can do it.
     
  4. Mike Simpson

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    Sudancat,
    does yours have a cardboard backing?
     
  5. Chris Callahan

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    These are mine from Doug also. I love em!
     
  6. Chris Callahan

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    I guess I should also chime in with the particulars - I notice 2 differences from the plastic guards:
    No static at all.
    Feels different under the fingers that rest on the guard while I play which I got used to immediately.
     
  7. sudancat

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    Yes, it has the stiff cardboard backing.
     
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    You're removing the decal? I dunno.... I think it looks good with that PG. Just my personal opinion though.
     
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    Ok everbody don't gang up on me at once here but.......wouldn't a leather guard somehow dull the sound??
     
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    Doug Halliday (leatherman) made mine too. Very nice guy.

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  11. Chris Callahan

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    I do not believe my leather guards deaden my sound any more than having my body pressed against the guitar. I don't beleive there's much more mass (if any) than the plastic guard that was on there.
    I always wondered how Elvis' leather covered Martin really sounded tho'. :)
     
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    Good look, Big Steve. I'd be afraid to play that geetar.
     
  13. Tim73

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    Well if nobody is amazed with the pictures alone as a recommendation, mine arrived today - only 4 days delivery from the US & Doug made it very quickly too. It was exactly as I had asked so cheers to PeterUK for the original link. I like it enough to want to ask Doug to do a 2nd one for my 50s tele. It does feel different on your fingers to a plastic pickguard but you get used to it quickly. I can't tell any tonal difference at all, it just makes the guitar look even better. Cheers to all for the advice & pictures posted so far.

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    Wow!! That is awesome!

    Doug is just awesome to deal with and his workmanship speaks for itself.

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing!

    :D Peter
     
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    All these pics look good.
    I just want to add, After this thread started I emailed Doug about a leather pg, price was very reasonable and only a week turnaround. My next one will come from him. I agree, I dont think they affect the tone but they sure do look good on a tele and they eliminate the static elec in the winter months.
     
  16. Tim73

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    Chris Callahan's beautifully classy Esquire was the inspiration for my black tele being Leatherized by Doug.... Chris, I was going to have my band name too but didn't want to rip you off too much so went for a variation of the same theme. Doug delivered a quality piece of art in record time again. He's doing a 3rd for me too so expect more pics to follow. If anyone else has any leather on their teles, please share!

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  17. Mike Simpson

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    Say... the white ones with the black roses look nice!

    I added a thin cardboard backing to the one I made and now it lays perfectly flat. I used a 2 part epoxy to attach the cardboard which probably stiffens the leather more than the cardboard. I cut the cardboard to size, laid down waxed paper/cardboard/epoxy/leather pickguard/wax paper/ big book/20lb weight and let the epoxy set up. It worked great.
     
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    Tim73, that white one is just the perfect balance of class and attitude. You've really got something there.
    The leather work reminds me of the work my dad used to do on belts.
     
  19. Tim73

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    Joining the others....

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    So together they are...

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    Yep, Doug'll be doing the lot! I think each one stands up in it's own right & I can't wait to see how the others turn out!
     
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    I finished a leather PG this week and should be able to post a picture soon.

    But mine is nothing spectacular. It's just play black leather that I glued on a normal pickguard. And because I used some thiner leather, I was able to bend it so I could glue the sides under the PG. So it looks like a thicker piece of leather.

    I am still waiting for some tools to work on leather, so that's why I tried that method for now. I wanted to check the feeling of a leather PG. It feels smooth and warm...
     
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