White vs Parchment pickguard?

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  1. RoCkstAr256

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    Can anybody show me difference between these two ? No idea which one would fit candy Apple Red more
     
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    Don't have examples, but I do know from experience that "parchment" varies a whole lot. If you're picky, best to have return options, or see it in person.

    I got one of the very very first Gibson LP Standard (faded) guitars. It was one of the first 100 or so made, and had "reverse" creme/black pickups with no covers (which turned out to be BB-Tak pickups by mistake, because that's all Gibby had on hand!). Anyway, the JMO pickup "creme" was totally different from the pickguard, the switch ring, pickup rings, the switch tip... you get the idea. The pickups were a distinct yellow/greenish creme, and the pickguard was Barbie doll pink. Can't recall the others, but the mismatch was striking.

    Same holds true for "mint" pickguards and hardware. The color varies all over the place.

    Personally, I think white pearl or "antique pearl" would be the cat's winky on candy apple red!
     
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    Go to warmoth.com custom build a tele body. paint it candy apple red and then click on add a pickguard.
    You will have a number of choices including white and parchment and you can see how they will look on a CAR body.
     
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    Here is 3-ply white and 3-ply parchment on my tele. Both are Fender-made. This parchment is a little grayer than the white. Not yellow or minty to me at all.
     
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    And here is the parchment guard next to the “mint” classsic vibe tele custom guard. Looks more white by contrast, but again, a little grayer to my eye than a white guard. Hope that helps.
     
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    But yeah, this should be considered - colors will absolutely vary.
     
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    I was just saying that parchment varies like creme... or mint for that matter. They "usually" are a very very light grey, but it can be a cool grey, or warm grey. Lighting in pictures makes things difficult to just too.
     
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    This ought to show the difference. As I went from my surf guitar years to a more bluesy look, I went from the stock three ply to single ply parchment on my MIM CAR strat. Note that I did change the knobs and pup covers too. Oh, and 11 hole to 8 hole guard.
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    Here ya go!

    Parchment (Callahan) on Telecaster... white is the original removed stock.

    White is glossier and brighter for sure! I hit the parchment with some #0000 steel wool to "age" it a bit but it was already more matte that stock white. white.jpg
     
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    Parchment looks better than white.Always.:twisted:
     
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    I’d say try to look at a pickguard at a real store near you. I was looking at pickguards for my Avatar Tele as part of a pickup upgrade. I found a repacked guard at a nearby GC labeled white that was returned for not being white enough. It was perfect for me with a color that was a pretty close match for the dots on my rosewood neck. Ten dollars off for the obvious repack and a perfect color. Pure white works well for cold colors like Fender blues and greens. IMO, a warmer white works better with reds and dark stains or sunbursts. Black works with natural wood colors. I also think it will be best if you can see it before you buy it. Pickguard colors can be pretty inconsistent from lot to lot.
     
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    Great visual comparo, whoanelly15! Really gives the reader a good visual of the nuances in color.

    Typically, I prefer a parchment 'guard on a burst body and a black 'guard on a blonde body.
     
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    Parchment over white every time IMO. White is too sterile & prefect. Like if your guitar were in a hospital.

    Parchment is close to the color most white P/Gs eventually will get to without waiting 20 years to acquire mojo.
     
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    Noticed that too, They seem to have creamy Shade. I need to reconsider pg
     
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    Never saw the need for more than 5 screws and single ply. looks better "uncluttered" IMHO.
     
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    Here’s the closest I could do. My Plus is Crimson Burst, which uses CAR on the perimeter, I believe. Holding up a parchment pickguard.
     

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    I'm a strictly parchment on CAR guy...personal preference. How could the color of PG be wrong?

    I take that back..but more often than not if it works for you...BINGO.
     
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    Really tough technical problem this..
     
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