Gibson Les Paul Pickguard

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  1. Wayne2277

    Wayne2277 Junior Member

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    I know this maybe a stupid question but I was wondering if Les Paul pick guards actually protect the guitar from scratches from the pick or are they just for aesthetics? They seem too small to protect the guitar compare to Fender Strat pick guards. At least Fender Strat pick gaurds protect a good portion of the guitar.
     
  2. PierM

    PierM Black & Gold Premium Member

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    Protect from both pick scratches and anchor fingers, if you have that habit. Works as it should.
     
  3. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Because of the angle (compared to a flat Fender pickguard), it deflects your pick stroke away from the guitar, so it provides great protection without needing to be as large.
     
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    PierM Black & Gold Premium Member

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    Also the pickguards on strats and teles are working as a cover and base for the pickups and routing cavities.
     
  5. Wayne2277

    Wayne2277 Junior Member

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    Alright. But how do people protect guitars that don't have pickguards?
     
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    redcoats1976 Senior Member

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    polyurethane.
     
  7. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    Some play carefully...

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    ...some don’t....

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    scozz Senior Member

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    Actually, on my Custom, which HAS a pickguard, there are surface scratches on it. On my Studio, which has NO pickguard, there are NO scratches on the guitar.

    I think it has to do with the carved top. The way I play I do touch a pickguard on a LP...but not the body if there’s no pickguard.

    On my SG there are plenty of surface scratches on the PG. Most of the scratches are from my finger

    Also I’ve noticed that the way I play, my pick rarely touches anything...it’s my fingernails that make the scratches.
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    BTW... @Wayne2277 ... Welcome to the MLP Forum! :thumb:

    Are you a Les Paul player?
     
  10. musicmaniac

    musicmaniac Senior Member

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    Depends on your picking/playing style I guess.
     

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