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Old 08-16-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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High End Guitars - pickguard or not?

Ok so i phoned up a local guitar store today and they said they will soon have a couple of Ibanez Prestiges in stock (i can't afford them right now) but the person on teh phone did say i could try them however from what i can recall from the phonecall both have pickguards, and to me that make the guitar look less appealing, so this raised a question does one need a pickguard on high end guitars

The guitar is question was this:

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eg...d=37&color=CL02

I think the other one she mentioned was this one:

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eg...d=35&color=CL01
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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Depends on what you like. I don't mind pickguards. I actually can dig them, because you can always replace them and on certain guitars, they just look better also. I wouldn't want to own an SG without one, for instance.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:57 PM   #3
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If the guitar is less appealing to you with a pick guard then do not get a pick guard get the guitar that you really want especially when you spending that kind of money.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:02 PM   #4
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forgot to add that the prestige guitar are second hand (as i was originally looking at Ibanez Premiums)
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:18 PM   #5
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You don't need a pickguard at all. I think some guitars look better without them.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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It's up to you. I happen to like plastic and paint ala Fender - I wouldn't be seen out with, eg, an LP Standard) - others prefer the fancy look.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:18 PM   #7
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I like pickguards on strat-type guitars. That said, I think the bigger differences here are things like the single-coil and seventh string
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #8
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:54 PM   #9
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Personal preference. I mean, it's plastic, but then again, it brings different visuals to a guitar.
I've got a custom-built guitar myself and I wanted a pickguard. Not only to make it easier for the builder (pickup cavity is just a "pool") but also if I suddenly want a H-S-S configuration, I can just get a new pickguard cut instead of thinking how in the world am I going to modify my guitar.
I don't think a pickguard de-values a guitar. But, I really wouldn't dig a PRS double-cut with a pickguard
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:59 PM   #10
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I prefer a pickguard, they have a reason. If I look at my Ibanez pickguard, it has scratches and wear, so better on a piece of plastic I can replace than the wood finish. I have a Jackson with no pick guard, lent it to some guy at a jam night, he scratched the shit out of the finish with his mad strummin skills, didn't notice till the next day


Most SS styles do look better without though

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Old 08-16-2014, 09:01 PM   #11
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On alot of ibanez guitars the pickguards cover up the wires and wiring cavities. And sometimes if thats not the case you will just have a bunch of holes in your guitar.

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Old 08-16-2014, 10:15 PM   #12
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This is probably one of the most pointless threads ive seen in a while...

But on topic, I have 3 guitars without pickguards and 2 with. I enjoy each of my guitars regardless if it has a pickguard or not.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:40 AM   #13
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:27 PM   #15
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some guitars are just too pretty to cover up with a pickguard. my sg has a large pickguard which i think looks pretty cool but my high end godin has such a nice top on it they inlayed a pickguard

its all about preference really. only high end guitars you'll see with a pickguard are probably fenders and gibsons.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:38 PM   #16
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Only reason you might want a pickguard is if you anchor or brush your fingers on the guitar which will cause a polished wear mark in time, especially on satin finished guitars. Or you happen to have a habit of scraping the guitar with a pick.

Otherwise its a matter of preference. Myself I hate the looks of most pickguards. I mean, take a good Les Paul with absolutely gorgeous maple top with transparent finish. Why on earth cover a quarter of it with a cheap piece of white plastic? I just dont get it. Bleh. But YMMV.
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I prefer no pickguard, but it's totally subjective.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:42 PM   #18
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I recently bought a cheap lp copy and it sounded too muddy with the pickguard on. It sounds much better now that I took the pickguard off and adjusted the tone knob. I was thinking about getting speed knobs for it to give it a lil more bite but I'm not real sure that would sound good with the case's tight low end. Why anyone would put a pickguard on a guitar is beyond me.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:31 AM   #19
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Only reason you might want a pickguard is if you anchor or brush your fingers on the guitar which will cause a polished wear mark in time, especially on satin finished guitars. Or you happen to have a habit of scraping the guitar with a pick.

Otherwise its a matter of preference. Myself I hate the looks of most pickguards. I mean, take a good Les Paul with absolutely gorgeous maple top with transparent finish. Why on earth cover a quarter of it with a cheap piece of white plastic? I just dont get it. Bleh. But YMMV.


This is one of Neal Schon's guitars (sorry for the low-quality phone shot), which was in a repair shop for a refret and PLEK job. Neal rests his pinky on the guitar, which produces the outside "divot", and I think the one that lives between the strings may have to do with him "digging in" with the pick on the high E string.



Neal can't really put a pickguard on these guitars because he has the controls in different locations compared to most Gibson LPs -- that's a master volume nestled between the bridge pickup and the Floyd Rose, and that would get in the way of the usual LP pickguard. He has the MV there in part so that he can snag it with his little finger and do volume swells. Notice the two miniswitches behind the Floyd, the interesting combination of single-coil-size pickups in the neck position, etc.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:50 AM   #20
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Minor quibble- there ARE custom pickguard builders. Neal probsbly just doesn't want to mess with his mojo.
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