Pick my Guard - 5420 Fairlane Blue - Part 1 (POLL)

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by YaDaddy, Sep 7, 2020.

Which PickGuard should I get for my Fairlane Blue 5420T? Part 1

  1. Black with Chrome Border

  2. Brown Tortoise Shell

  3. Checkerboard

  4. Cream

  5. Cream Sparkle

  6. Gold

  7. Gold Acrylic Shell

  8. Gold Sparkle

  9. Gold with Gold Plate Border

  10. Leopard Gold Sparkle

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  1. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    Like pick it. Get it? Pick...Guard

    OK whatever.

    Got the mandatory G5420T in Fairlane Blue, which evidently is required for full membership here at the forum and it's looking just a little plain to me. I likes to dress 'em up, so I pulled out the ole Gretsch Simulator today and with loads of help from the Quickguards.com site I put together a bunch of choices. Decided to get the help of the forum with this one and included a poll for your convenience. Feel free to choose as many as you like in the polls for thread 1 and 2, then take a moment to elaborate on your choices in the thread. Thanks in advance for your participation.

    The poll feature here has a limit of 10 choices, so go to "Pick my Guard - Fairlane Blue - Part 2" for more choices. There are some real winners in there that you don't want to miss. (link below)


    Black w:Chrome Border.png
    Black with Chrome Border
    Brown Tortoise Shell.png
    Brown Tortoise Shell
    Cream Sparkle.png

    Cream Sparkle
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
  2. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    Gold Acrylic Shell.png
    Gold Acrylic Shell
    Gold Sparkle.png
    Gold Sparkle
    Gold w:Gold Plate Border.png
    Gold with Gold Plate Border
    Leopard Gold Sparkle.png
    Leopard Gold Sparkle
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2020
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  3. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    9309BCAB-7853-4F94-88D6-90DB28827C0E.jpeg I had a black with chrome border on my old Fairlane Blue 5420 made by Mike Quick at Quickguards.. Loved it!
  4. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

    Aug 11, 2020
    As a new owner of the same guitar....I actually like it as is...lol....I'm assuming the ones you did as pics are your favorites? Of those, I like the Black with chrome....The checkerboard is kind of cool for a more "rebellious" look... I'm not digging the tortoise shell with that color guitar, the two cream options I'm torn on.....I think they work.....but I'm not really sure if I like them or not....I keep going back and forth.

    What does the "Gold" sparkle look like? That MIGHT be kind of cool...

    EDIT...just saw the pic of Trash Kidd's......yup....I like the black with chrome.
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  5. bone

    bone Gretschie

    Aug 9, 2020
    what OzzPocket said.. the patterns and swirls (pearl, tortoise, etc) are too busy for the already flashy color_ think they mesh better with neutral or mellow colors.. the silver combo it comes with is a great match and that black guard that trash has just pops.. it's a sexy beast.. I'd go with that.

    was going to ask where you were getting these guards because I'm in the market also so thanks Trash!
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  6. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Black with chrome is classy.
    Checkerboard is fun, rather comics than rebellious to me. To be played with a Marvel costume.
  7. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    The black and chrome dresses it up like a tuxedo!!
  8. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    Yeah When I was putting these together and saw this combo I immediately went “oh yes now we’re talkin”

    Thanks for the real world example.
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  9. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    No guards for me.

    While I feel that Gretsch has the nicest looking guards out there, I remove mine.

    They get in my fingers/hands way for my picking/playing style. 20200322_150641.jpg 20200713_171902.jpg
  10. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    Here’s a pic of a 5420 that somebody took about eight or nine steps further than you did.

    Blingity bling bling

  11. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Nice looking guard. Classy touch
  12. tdtom

    tdtom Synchromatic

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    I tend to agree with G5422T... leave it off altogether
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  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Black w / chrome border for me
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    GOOBALL JEFF Gretschie

    Oct 1, 2019
    check looks pretty cool i think
  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    For me it would be the Black with Chrome Border one from your available choices. The Fairlane Blue is such a great color I would be inclined to go clear so more of the guitar is visible. Like G5422T says, if you don't need it why not leave it off altogether? That's certainly the most cost-effective option!
  16. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    There’s so much about Gretsch that is “don’t need it’ for me. The Gretsch thing is at its best when it’s being unnecessary. The pickguard on these guitars is like the perfect hat on a fancy outfit.
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  17. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    Design your own.
  18. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Cream would look good but imo it would need matching pickup surrounds.
  19. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Do they have a white guard that matches the binding?

    otherwise go for the black with chrome trim, but the Gretsch script logo.
  20. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    I agree with G5422T
    If it has a pickguard it comes of. No guards for me.

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