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need a good repro green guard

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by sonicdom, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. sonicdom

    sonicdom Tele-Meister

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    I just bought a 1959 custom esquire that has been converted to tele. The original esquire guard came with it too. But it sounds so cool with the added (probably late '60s) neck PU that I want to keep it that way. The tele repro green guard that is on it now looks fugly though. Shiny new and not entirely correct. So here is my question: Where do I get the best, most authentic looking green guard repro?
     
  2. MichaelAa

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    Congrats, we need pics :)

    I`d try to contact Lashing guitars, they make some really nice guards, but I seem to remember that they`re quite expensive.
     
  3. sonicdom

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    seems they only do strat guards. but thanks.
     

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  5. sonicdom

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    I tried the AOA greenish pick guard they have. "cut from a vintage template" my a$$. radius of the cut out at the control plate is wrong and screw holes are in the wrong places, color is way off (no green at all).

    crazy parts is great though, ordered several times from them, very fast, usually good parts. And i can send the pickguard back and get a refund.
     
  6. sonicdom

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    the one you linked is missing the small cut out at the truss rod screw. thanks anyway.
     
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    I know, I make my own final touches on my guards. That truss rod cut and the small bevel at the point of the upper side where it meets the neck.
     
  8. MichaelAa

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    Have you checked if Fatboy guitars still make pickguards?

    What a killer guitar, thanks for those pics!
     
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    can you elaborate on your final touches? I have no experience with ageing (except on my own measly self, haha) and a few pointers on how to make the guard look better would be much appreciated.

    thx.
     
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    Those two arrows show the places I mentioned. All Tele guards well into the 80's had them. Almost all of the repro guards, including Fender Custom Shop, don't have. I don't artificially age the guards but they age when they get played.
     

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    Man, that's a stunning guitar!
     
  12. sonicdom

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    thanks. it sounds as it looks... i was afraid that the shallow '59 neck would bother me but i actually really like it.
     
  13. slimdave

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    Did you get it in Europe or in the us?
     
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    in japan actually. seems the japanese market does not like guitars that are not 100% original too much. it was certainly cheaper than it would have been in the us or europe.
     
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    That's a great score for sure!
     
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