So...am I not a fan of pick guards on some Les Pauls is this cheating ...

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I wouldn't dream of having pick guards on these Customs.

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They are both '50s design ideas, so why not?
Oh it’s quite a bit different than putting plastic on your couch as you say. Although I get the attempt at humor.

You see this plastic protection I can take on and off at well when I play the guitar to see them in their true beauty. I’m pretty sure grandma’s plastic couch doesn’t ever get experienced in its natural beautiful floral pattern.

It does make me wonder if somebody has put expel clear bra over the entire guitar?
 
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Whatever makes your boat float. Me, I like the pick guard.
 

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I don't touch the body with my picks. I do at times move from heel anchor to last two fingertips anchor below strings for some things... My Goldie is turning there from it... I like honest wear on a guitar...

I prefer no pickguard on my Lesters... I find them in my damn way.
 

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Whatever makes your boat float. Me, I like the pick guard.
As stated earlier, I agree with the opine of being "pro-pickguard". But, let's keep it real, a pickguard only covers a very small amount of the guitar, and it is ONLY a guitar. Some of the "anti-pickguard" crowd infer some kind of crazy blasphemy as if we are debating throwing a tarp over Michelangelo's "Pieta".
 

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As stated earlier, I agree with the opine of being "pro-pickguard". But, let's keep it real, a pickguard only covers a very small amount of the guitar, and it is ONLY a guitar. Some of the "anti-pickguard" crowd infer some kind of crazy blasphemy as if we are debating throwing a tarp over Michelangelo's "Pieta".

I’m a pickguard off guy, but I have to agree. Yes I like the cleaner look of a LP without a pickguard. I also prefer to add that small additional view of the top than have it covered by plastic. Mine has some mineral streaks that I find cool that would’ve been hidden under the pickguard if I left it on. However, having the pickguard on isn’t a sin against the gods of aesthetics. If you like pickguards, great, if you don’t, that’s great too, if you’re on the fence on your guitar just do a rotation between on and off every week or month or any time period.
 

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I took my pick-guard off when I first got my Paul, but recently I made a stainless steel one in the shop, and might actually keep it. It just looks amazing. But yes the plastic ones never really look good, and they don’t do anything.
 

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I like both but prefer "on" with most classic finishes and bursts. I don't think you should have to commit to either way exclusively.
 

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First time I saw an LP with two pickguards as Barry Gibb's

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I have no pickguards on my current LPs. Plastic picks really are not the culprits in scratching, by the way. Fingernails do the scratching.
 

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... LP with two pickguards...
Oh, dear God!
I’d love to hear the story behind THAT idea.

On second thought?
Maybe not.
 

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Oh, dear God!
I’d love to hear the story behind THAT idea.

On second thought?
Maybe not.
Simple really
As it’s a Gibson thing
You get twice the tone as you now have two pick guards not one
 

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Or maybe it’s for people who can’t decide whether they want a Flying V or a Lp
So you make a lp look like a Flying V!
 

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It depends on the guitar.

I will say that the argument of using a pickguard for actual protection is completely silly.

Whats worse, some scratches on the finish? Or two holes drilled in it (not to mention the bracket often leaves a mark as well)?
 

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... two holes drilled in it ...
I put the screws back in the hole.
One, I know where they are.
Two, to me, it beats having empty holes.
Three, you can make up all kinds of stories.

“What is that screw for?”

Oh, that is an adjustment for (make up random tales…)

Or tell them, “Oh, that one screw holds the whole damn thing together! Don’t touch it.”
 

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I tape hardware to the back of pickguards, cavity screws taped to back of control plate etc... I don't lose screws....

On Fender style saddles, I have bags of grubs... Any questionable grub gets replaced but I rake it lengthwise across a block of beeswax before inserting in saddle... Tightens it a bit in threads and prevents oxidation....
 

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