Gibson Les Paul Pickguard

Wayne2277

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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.
 

Wayne2277

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

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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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