Matte White Tele Pickguards?

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  1. Anacharsis

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    I have an EBMM St. Vincent that has a cool, single ply, matte white pickguard. It looks great, and shows no scratches at all. I've searched around some of the usual suspects, and while I found matte black, I'd really like matte white for all five of my different Teles. Anyone here know of a source?
     
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    It sounds like you’re looking for something already matte but you could just take a regular fender single ply white and maybe take fine grit sand paper to it
     
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    2000 grit wrapped around a sponge type sanding block and a few minutes you should be where you want.
     
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    You could also hit a pickguard with a coat of matt or satin clear. Might give a cool worn look when it wears through to the slightly glossier guard beneath the clear.

    I have a black bakelite guard on one of my tele's and it's glossier where it's worn through from playing.
     
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    that is a darn good idea
     
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    but to get the clear to stick you'll probably still want to scuff it a bit
     
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    I can definitely understand the DIY approach here. Seems straightforward. I'm not real skilled when it comes to that sort of work, and I am pretty sure I'd end up with ugly results (swirls, unevenness, etc). But if I am bored one weekend, I may try it.

    Still interested in anyone who knows where they can be bought!
     
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    I matte mine with a scotch brite pad, fine and very fine.
     
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    warmoth use to, not sure if they still do.
     
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    I've mentioned it here a couple other times, but there is a matte PVC material commonly called "Sintra" or "expanded PVC" that I've made a few pickguards out of. It's a bit soft compared to regular pickguard material, but that means cutting and drilling are easy. I've cut out more than one with a utility knife. Find it on Amazon or other interweb shopping hub.
     
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    I used 800 grit paper on this one ply white guard on my Squier.
     

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    Go right to the source.....fender.com.....
     
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    Looks like their stock selection of models is pretty limited, meaning a tracing for each one, but I noticed them last night as well. Thanks.
     
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    They don't have the matte white. Only black. I checked them first, because they made two great pickguards for me before.
     
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    I didn't see any matte white pickguards for any model there. If you have a link, please do post it. I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Better still, give their customer service a call, they are extremely helpful.....844-202-0924.
     
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    Worth a try, certainly. I have a work environment in which making personal phone calls can be near impossible, though, so I may have to email them.
     
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    No dice. Fender does not sell matte pickguards. Pickguard Planet looks like the most likely source. They have the material, but it looks like I am either going to have to send them my current pickguards, or do tracings. So we'll see. I'm fine with the guitars as they are, and it's not worth a big production, but it was an idea.
     
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