New Les Paul - Pick Guard On Or Off?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by colchar, Apr 2, 2021.

Pick guard on or off?

  1. On

    19 vote(s)
    35.8%
  2. Off

    34 vote(s)
    64.2%
  1. dspellman

    dspellman Electromatic

    46
    Jul 4, 2020
    Los Angeles
    I've got a ton of Les Pauls (almost literally), and honestly, if you want to keep that top looking good, leave the pickguard on. I've seen a bunch of LPs of late with chewed-up bits past the high E string, and 15 minutes of "pretty" changes places with a whole lot of digs and dings over the long term, if you're one of "those" players. If you're someone who anchors on the guitar itself, or if you dig in when playing the high strings, or if you strum aggressively, the pickguard will save a lot of tops.
     
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  2. dspellman

    dspellman Electromatic

    46
    Jul 4, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Nah in each particular. If my LPs had pickguards when I bought them, they stay on.
    Almost every LP I own is not top wrapped. No need.

    And I have favorite poker chips -- one was made for me that says "*****/Moan." ***** = Beyotch but with five letters.
     
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  3. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    How can you say 'nah' to an opinion? I'm just saying what I prefer, whether I'm one of 'those' players or not....
     
  4. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    55
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I’ve never scratched the top of a guitar from playing it without a pickguard. If I did I can always put one on to cover it if it bothers me.
     
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  5. NJDevil

    NJDevil Synchromatic

    684
    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    I voted on but like it either way. I have 3 and keep it on my Tokai and '14 LP Traditional. It's off my goldtop Edwards though....not for looks but rather just feels better without it.
     
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  6. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    You could make a pick guard from a dark contrasting wood like walnut or ebony, or maybe even striped ebony or Zebra wood, you know to go with those pickups?
     
  7. Dave Murray

    Dave Murray Electromatic

    Age:
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    Feb 27, 2016
    Indio, CA
    I think it depends on several factors. First, do you NEED a pick guard? What IS a pick guard? It is an ugly piece platic to which we have all become accustomed to prevent your pick from scraching up the body of the guitar. Does your playing style involve a lot of sweep picking? Then you need a pick guard. Do you play finger style with a thumb pick like Chet Atkins? Then you don't need a pick guard.

    Second, do you want to look cool ? Then don't use a pick guard unless yout don't care about scratching the top of your guitar and refer to the First above.

    Of course, the bottom line, it is up to you and other people's opinions really don't matter.
     
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  8. Dave Murray

    Dave Murray Electromatic

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    Good advice . . . That's the way I handle my swim suit when I go to the beach.
     
  9. Dave Murray

    Dave Murray Electromatic

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    Indio, CA
    Right, but tell that to Willie Nelson!
     
  10. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Got this album back in 1968 or 69. It makes me think the guard is meant to be on. This image of Mike Bloomfield with a sunburst Les Paul did a great deal to bring this guitar model into the wider public consciousness - and it has a pickguard;)

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    Last edited: Apr 7, 2021
  11. PrimitiveWood

    PrimitiveWood Electromatic

    24
    Oct 16, 2014
    Pennsyltucky
    It's an Epi--
    But I vote without too.;)

    EpiLP.jpeg
     
  12. dspellman

    dspellman Electromatic

    46
    Jul 4, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Congrats. There are a whole lot of people who DO scratch the top of a guitar playing it without a pickguard.
     
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  13. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Age:
    55
    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I just feel like if you play it than it’s wear and it’s fine. Guitars get scratched
     
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