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. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Ok, for the hundredth time:

    Pickguard on. Straight-end cables. Pickup covers on. Jeans and boots. Brunettes. Boxer briefs. Vanilla.
     
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  2. JeffH66

    JeffH66 Pelham Blue Addict Premium Member

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    On, always on. I have a Gary Moore LP Standard with a killer flametop. It came without the pickguard installed. The guys at my other guitar forum almost unanimously pleaded for me not to drill the top, but every time I look at it all I can think is "it's missing the pickguard." It will happen eventually.

    Put it on, especially on the GT. And cream, always cream.
     
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  3. redcoats1976

    redcoats1976 Senior Member

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    on...reflector knobs.
     
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  4. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    What is this heresy?! Redheads any day of the week!
     
  5. Jymbopalyse

    Jymbopalyse Senior Member

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    To the OP

    Yes. Most definitely !
     
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  6. BeanoFAN

    BeanoFAN Senior Member

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    And dont forget switch washer (the forum won't let me call it a poker. chip.)
     
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  7. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

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    I had the same issue- am I missing something? Is this a new obscene phrase the kiddies are using these days??? Or is it b/c it's in reference to gambling?
     
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    BeanoFAN Senior Member

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    Honestly for me it just sounds better than switch washer lol.
     
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  9. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    I agree with you 99% (I married a brunette). But the classic question is "blondes or brunettes?"
     
  10. Dick Banks

    Dick Banks Senior Member

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    It's just something that will get you "punched in the nose." Virtually of course...
    You should try asking about tone and string gauge sometime. My nose is still hurting from that one....
     
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  11. crazytrain513

    crazytrain513 Senior Member

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    I generally prefer goldtops with the pickguard on if they have pickup covers.

    Pickguard off if you take off the pickup covers :slash:

    You might also have to decide yourself based on playability.

    I took it off a Trad I had once and I couldn’t play it right. Your hand gets used to resting on the pickguard sometimes when you play. That and just the visual difference when playing threw me off so back on it went.
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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  13. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    ^ I'm still with pickguard on even with covers off.
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  14. mgenet

    mgenet Earth = Cheese Burger Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    2 centavos pro favor...
    Also forgot the Classic di rigueur in any MLP poll:
    Ratz Azz
     
  15. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    Yes. You should either put the pickguard on or leave it off. Case closed.
     
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  16. NewDayHappy

    NewDayHappy Senior Member

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    I'm putting a pickup washer on my '17 Standard, I'd like the pick guard on, but I can't see myself drilling a hole in my Les Paul, so it will probably be no pick guard for me.
     
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    C.J. Senior Member

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    Surprised your ‘17 Standard didn’t come with pick guard. Mine did and it doesn’t require the bracket or the typical 2 screws in the body. However, my Standard is HP, maybe yours a “T”?

    If, next to the body, the treble side of each of your pickup rings have a small notch cut out them Gibson makes a ‘clip-on’ pick guard that was frequently left off the guitar but included with the case candy. That’s now mine arrived and and I popped it on immediately.

    BTW, the underside of pick guard has a clear rubber bumper thingy to position guard proper distance from body as bracket does but without need of the bracket or its screw. Looks cleaner without bracket so best of both worlds really: you can have guard without the typical bracket, or you can easily pop it off leaving no holes in body.

    I prefer the pick guard on whilst playing but I like the ability to easily and toollesssly remove it for the occasional cleaning & polish.

    Not sure if Gibson sales the HP’s plastic pickup rings and guard separately but that’s the route I’d take if they do to avoid having to drill 2 holes unnecessarily in a guitar that didn’t already have them.
     
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  19. dsmcl77

    dsmcl77 Senior Member

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    "Pickguard On" gives the Les Paul a rich sustaining tone with focused mid frequencies that cut through the mix and drive the amplifiers into creamy compressed overdrive. :jb:

    But if you want to drive the amps into wild distortion, cutting mids and treble while retaining rounded bass, and harmonics that spurts out of the guitar, then it's "Pickguard Off" .:slash:
     
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  20. NewDayHappy

    NewDayHappy Senior Member

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    Only the HPs come with the clip on, mine is a standard and it requires you to drill two holes into the body to install it, I refuse to do that. A clip on pickguard is something I'd be interested in buying, but from my understanding they're rare and quite expensive, maybe I'll keep my ears tuned to eBay for one. The washer is a no brainer though, only cost me $5 from Sweetwater, shipping included.
     

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