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Telecaster no pickguard vs pickguard

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Tele Plucker, Mar 25, 2017.

Telecaster no pickguard vs pickguard

Poll closed Apr 1, 2017.
  1. Guard

    53 vote(s)
    82.8%
  2. No Guard

    11 vote(s)
    17.2%
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  1. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    no guard on unpainted wood.... adds character.....with use...:D

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  2. JBFatFingers

    JBFatFingers Tele-Meister

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    In order of preference - black, no guard, white.
     
  3. Tele Plucker

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    Nice working man's guitar. Character to spare. Is that a pine body?
     
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  4. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    D/Fir, I think.... made from a rafter I got for free from the scrapyard....

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  5. Marcelo R

    Marcelo R Tele-Afflicted

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    Agreed.
     
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  6. guitaradelic

    guitaradelic Tele-Meister

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    I was wondering what the tortoise might look like, the leather-tooled suggestion sounds interesting, as well.
     
  7. Galibier_Un

    Galibier_Un Tele-Meister

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    I had a tortoise shell guard on a naturally finished swamp Ash Tele. It looked too "busy" for my taste, and I changed to black.

    ... Thom
     
  8. howlin

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    No pickguard/rear-routed/tummy cut/forearm cut = Perfect guitar IMHO. YMMV . . . :D
     
  9. Tele Plucker

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    howlin'

    I have owned/played a 60s Strat for decades, but lately I've returned to my early days. The Tele. I have come to prefer the flat body of the Tele. Fun to play and more stable against my body. I've gone full circle.
     
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  10. Tele Plucker

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    Sweet.......nice wood.
     
  11. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Black, single ply, definitely. I quite like the smaller plate with the sweep. It looks a bit more custom.
     
  12. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Tele-Meister

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    The last one shows the worm holes in the 100 year old barn pine.
     

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  13. Galibier_Un

    Galibier_Un Tele-Meister

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    This stability against the body thing caught me by surprise. As a result, tummy cuts don't do it for me. I'm ok with forearm contours, but don't consider them by any means mandatory.

    ... Thom
     
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  14. Guran

    Guran Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Black
     
  15. Tele Plucker

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    Thom,

    Your response confused me. It almost sounds like you agree with me about the stability issue of the "tummy cut" as you called it.

    And perhaps I could have said it's about the angle of the guitar against my body.

    The tilt inward as opposed to a more perpendicular angle like an acoustic guitar. I can't recall ever seeing an acoustic guitar with a "tummy cut", though I'm guessing someone has built one that way. Now that would seem awkward to me.

    So many options. Something for everyone.

    Bob
     
  16. Gary in Boston

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    You gotta think the tele was DESIGNED with considerable thought, to be a complete and whole look ( which included the " ashtray" ) but that's another story

    Soooooooooo i'm thinking the pick guard completes the look

    Gary
     
  17. Galibier_Un

    Galibier_Un Tele-Meister

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    Yes Bob,

    My experience matches yours. The tilt induced be the tummy cut increases any wrist bend which is a recipe for repetitive strain injury.

    For whatever reason, I find that guitars with tummy cuts also wiggle about, being more difficult to hold stably. I need all the help I can get in this regard ;-)

    The surprise element - I wouldn't have expected that a guitar body with a tummy cut would wiggle around more than a standard, squared off Tele body would.

    Cheers,
    Thom
     
  18. Scotty 2

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    Teles are naked without guard,,,,Black
     
  19. Nortube

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    Hi.
    May I ask how you made routings from the pickups to the control panel?
    Is there a cover on the backside?
     
  20. Tele Plucker

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    Hi Nortube,

    This body was purchased from USA Custom Guitars. http://www.usacustomguitars.com/about-us/

    All routing was done by the manufacturer. The bridge pickup route is done at a angle straight from the PU rout to control rout at a downward angle, as the control cavity rout is quite deep. The neck PU rout is done from the neck pocket, again at a downward angle. USACG offers Tele bodies with or without a rout port where the pickguard will go.

    I am including an illustration of the routing. I hope this helps.

    Cheers.....Bob
     
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