So barely a week or 2 into owning my first gretsch (g5422t), I’ve set about improving and personalising this beautiful thing. After installing a jack plate, my next endeavour was to replace the white PG with a black one. Proabably available to buy, but I preferred to try make one out of some from solid black gloss 3mm acrylic sheet. I traced around the original and cut it out with a small handsaw. I used some small files for the finer details that I couldn’t manoeuvre the saw through. Using a fine blade, I dragged it sideways toward me around the edge to shave and shape the contour finer - this also left a smoother finish than the files. I didn’t bevel the edges, and I may not but I’ll smooth them off with a fine sandpaper. Since these pics this morning, I’ve continued to shape a more generous space for the pickups. please share any comments or suggestions you might have, and certainly I would be keen to see your own custom pickguards! This was a fun exercise and i might try with a different colour, or painting the reverse of a clear sheet. Also considering doing a wooden one from a cedar sheet - although o couldn’t find any examples of wooden pickguards and I wonder if there’s good reason for that..? cheers!