Pickguard on or off?

Discussion in 'Gibson Les Pauls' started by Gahr, Mar 7, 2018.

What do you prefer?

  1. Pickguard on

    70.3%
  2. Pickguard off

    24.3%
  3. Ratz A$$

    5.4%
  1. Gahr

    Gahr Member

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    I know people have differing views on what looks best on a Lester when it comes to leaving the pickguard on or pulling it off. I'm kind of in two minds about it. Generally I prefer the pickguard off on bursts, but when it comes to goldtops I have a tendency to prefer the guitars with the guard left on.

    But being easily influenced by my heroes, I have lately kind of taken to Duane Allman's pickguardless goldtop. So the question is: Do I leave the pickguard on or do I pull it off?

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  2. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    My Les Paul idol is Slash... so obviously I would say goldtop without pickguard
     
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  3. Kaicho8888

    Kaicho8888 Senior Member

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    Off for that gold top! Wow!!!
     
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  4. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    This is like that bit in the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.....where the bowl of petunias says
    'Oh no, not again'.

    Its your guitar......surely you can figure out for yourself what you like best.
     
  5. Gahr

    Gahr Member

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    Of course, but I still find it interesting to hear what others have to say.
     
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  6. Stinky Kitty

    Stinky Kitty Senior Member

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    A well dressed GT has its pickguard on..
     
  7. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    In summary....you will have 4 results, most probably citing the same justification for all 4:

    On
    Off
    Don't care
    Undecided.
     
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    Mockbel Senior Member

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    @ARandall
    We love here to ask questions that we knew their answers !!
    So don't let the guy down and just tell us what would you choose if you are in his situation !
     
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  9. Gahr

    Gahr Member

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    I have no problem with his comments, but thanks anyway.

    I know this is a subject that has been discussed countless times, but I still find it interesting to see what people think in regards to my own goldtop.
     
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  10. frozenotter

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    It would look better without but the hole is so bad that the OCD would put me in a hospital.
     
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    Platte City Paul Senior Member

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    Yessir. I'm in the once-on-it-stays-on camp because of the hole. (A proper Les Paul has a pick guard and chip at all times anyway...) :io:
     
  12. AlanBiker

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    Why not put the screws back in after removing the guard? - not ideal but better than leaving a hole.
    I like the protection of a pickguard but not the looks so this is mine,

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    Now looking for a transparent bracket!

    Alan
     
  13. Gahr

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    I'd leave the bracket off, but putting the screws back in is not a bad idea, actually.
     
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    No pickguard is my choice. And I see no problem having a hole drilled.
    But I guess if you cannot decide now, try both ways! For example, I never put a pickguard on my LPs, but a year ago I decided to try it for a couple of months. Eventually I took it off.
     
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    I am totally cool either way these days (ie, on or off). But, if the holes have been drilled I prefer to leave it on.

    My rule generally goes... no holes = no pickguard. Holes = pickguard.
     
  16. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    On. Every time ;)

    But if you really want something different...

    change out the plastics to knobs, and put black speed knobs on :drool:
     
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    In this case, on

    I admit I've been on camp for a long time, but I felt that my silverburst looked far better off, so now I'm more on the fence

    I come to realize that when PG offers some kinda of contrast to the body color, it looks better on

    Altho, I would prefer a pg without inscription
     
  18. Hanover Fist

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    If the top wood is painted, on; otherwise, off.
     
  19. Gahr

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    I feel the same regarding the inscription. If I could fing a cream pickguard with the exact same color (matching the pickup rings, binding etc.), I’d buy it.
     
  20. cherrysunburst00

    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    I couldn't find a picture of exactly what I had in mind, but here are a couple:
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    I know, P90s, not chrome

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