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Replace pick guard?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Bob M, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    FEA0DAB4-8FDE-464C-8941-5385F52F5013.jpeg I bought this SJ 200 used in May. It’s been a great guitar-even better than I imagined. It is in very good condition with the exception of the pick guard. The question is should I replace it or will the replacement wear the same way? I know it’s only a cosmetic issue but looking for opinions.
     
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    Any replacement that I'm aware of will wear just like that.
     
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    I’d just play it, and add more wear to it.
    Enjoy that gorgeous thing!
     
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    Just play on...
     
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    Anybody have experience with putting a clear coat on and just letting that become worn? I have a 51-yr old pickguard I am thinking of polishing with micromesh pads but I don't want to polish through the printing. If the OP's pg wear is acceptable as is, maybe some kind of coat would at least give the impression of no further wear taking place?
     
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    I basically will accept the normal wear theory. The only thing that kind of gets me is that the rest of the guitar shows literally no wear. Also, I was watching Steve Earle's channel and he had a '51 SJ 200 that was well played and the pick guard looked great! Is it a case that they don't make 'em like they used to?
     
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    The problem with clear coating is that eventually the clear coat itself will wear or crack, and then you're back where you started.

    - D
     
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    The one sure way not to have that wear pattern is to play fingerstyle.
     
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    Yep. I'm thinking that's why Steve Earle's guitar mentioned above had minimal wear.

    - D
     
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    Patina. For many of us, patina has its own aesthetic and value...

    But a nice PEACE sticker would look good there!
     
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    I'd keep it just the way it is. But it is your guitar.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, where did you buy that guitar? I think I was looking at that exact guitar on Reverb.
     
  13. Charlie Bernstein

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    Remember that replacing a pickguard devalues a guitar, just like refinishing one would.

    Leave it alone!
     
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    Replacing a pick guard is not trivial but is still doable. The hard part there will be sourcing a duplicate or making one. There are a generation of Martins with the pick guards attached directly to the wood and then lacquered over the top - those should be replaced since they will crack the top otherwise (probably already have)

    I've replaced the p/g on my vintage D18 and it probably increased the value of the guitar. Here is another one that was a bit of a nightmare - the p/g was delaminating and curling around the edges. I removed it, cleaned it up and repaired the top where it had damaged spruce and reattached the original p/g with double stick tape

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    I’ve seen many J-200 pick guards that are worn.
    Comes with the territory.
    It shouldn’t!!!!!
    But it is what it is.
    Rock on.
     
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    Beautiful work in removing and reattaching the pickguard!
     
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