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Not too crazy about pickguard on Nocaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Kerry Vance, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Kerry Vance

    Kerry Vance Tele-Meister

    Mar 18, 2003
    just north of Dallas
    At the last Dallas Guitar Show, I bought a 1951 Nocaster Closet Classic. I love everything about it but the pickguard. A lot of time, I rest my pinkie and ring finger on the pickguard while I play and this one seems to have a totally different feel than any of my other Fenders. I am having to clean it every 30 minutes or so to keep it comfortably playable. For lack of another way to phrase it - it seems to almost gunk up or something. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks.
  2. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Probably because it's bakelite - and it is gunking up. It's what old ones (and the '52Ri) have. One advantage of Bakelite: you don't get seem to get staticcy popping like you do with later materials.

    Bakelite info

    Bakelite is a synthetic resin chemically formulated and named after its Belgian inventor, Chemist L.H.Baekeland c.1909. It is pronounced "Bay Ka Lite". Originally it was used for molding items that were previously done of celluloid or hard rubber. One of the original uses was for pool balls. It is collectible in all its forms including jewelry, buttons, radio cases, lamps, dresser sets and many more items. It was used commercially for parts especially in electrical wiring. After bakelite and the introduction of so many other plastics and composition materials it was easy to confuse them all. People began to lump all plastics into one generic term "Bakelite". However, experienced collectors developed ways of testing for bakelite some of which follow. None, however, can take the place of your own experience and careful inspection. Check out books in your local library (see the end of this article) and talk to other collectors.
  3. csapo

    csapo Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2006
    San Francisco
    Growing up, those of us over 40 probably had a telephone made of Bakelite! :eek:
  4. titus

    titus Tele-Meister

    Oct 22, 2004
    Does the 52RI really have a bakelite pickguard?

    I just thought it was plastic....looks like it to me.
    I never gave it any thought.

    hmmmm....gotta look into this.

  5. Scotland

    Scotland Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 17, 2003
    Aberdeen, Scotland, Yewrup
    What do you mean used to ? ;)
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