Dressed up my 50s Standard HCS

integra evan

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I had some black plastics laying around, so I decided to put them on my 50s Standard to change things up a bit. Think it looks pretty good with the black on there. It helps that the fretboard is really dark.

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After: (pickguard on or off?)

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The pickguard is a cheap Allparts one that doesn't have the greatest fit. Rest of the parts are Gibson though. If I decide to leave pickguard on I'll get a Gibson guard for better fitment.
 

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I love the black parts, looks awesome - keep like it
I can't vote properly on the on/off pickguard thing... I'm too conflicted myself hahahahahahha
 

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Les Paul’s should always have a pickguard
 

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when you dress your guitars 'for dinner at 7:30 sharp' nice counter point to the sunburst and nice top too.
 

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I usually don't like black plastics on a Burst but that looks nice. Pickguard off.
 

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"yes" to pickguard -- "before" to plastics choice (although, the black looks fine too, but not as good to me eyes)
 

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I also prefer the "before" pictures. But it's not my guitar. Do whatever makes you want to play the guitar. It is still a beautiful Les Paul either way.
 

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"yes" to pickguard -- "before" to plastics choice (although, the black looks fine too, but not as good to me eyes)
Just curious but does pairing a black pickguard with cream rings usually look good on LPs? Thinking of doing that on my standard 60’s but can’t find any pics online of Les Pauls with cream rings and black pickguard to get a sense of it. I just assumed it wouldn’t look good since I don’t see it often.
 

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Just curious but does pairing a black pickguard with cream rings usually look good on LPs? Thinking of doing that on my standard 60’s but can’t find any pics online of Les Pauls with cream rings and black pickguard to get a sense of it. I just assumed it wouldn’t look good since I don’t see it often.
Plastic colors should match. Black guard with cream rings or cream guard with black rings just doesn't look right. Kind of like how you don't wear a brown belt with black shoes.
 

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does pairing a black pickguard with cream rings usually look good on LPs?

I can say from personally playing around with that idea... it's looks "thrown together", i.e. tacky.
 

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I like black + pickguard, but the misalignment next to the neck pickups is hurting my OCD.
 

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I like black + pickguard, but the misalignment next to the neck pickups is hurting my OCD.
Ha, yeah, its terrible fitment and I had to file quite a bit of the guard to actually get it to "fit".
 

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You could swap the 4 corner screws on the pickup rings for black ones. Leave the adjuster screws silver. That’s what Gibson usually does. My Studio is like that.

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You could swap the 4 corner screws on the pickup rings for black ones. Leave the adjuster screws silver. That’s what Gibson usually does. My Studio is like that.

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Nice Studio!
I could do black screws, but the nickel ones don't bother me at all. matches the screw in the pickguard and the knobs lol
 
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I generally prefer black plastics to cream. I would go covers off the pickups, though.
 

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