Dr Monkey Pants
Join date: Mar 2009
243 IQ
Don't use vinyl if your body has a nitro cellulose finish. It reacts with the finish and eats a big hole in the finish.
Was lacking a decent sig. Still is.
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2011
55 IQ
plywood is a cheap and quick option
if you have a broken/crappy acoustic, you could rip the top or back off and use that
sheet metal is useful for grounding and shielding

just have a look around during day-to-day stuff, the options are up to your imagination
Bob Pedder
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2013
10 IQ
Find a printing material supplier and look for litho plate.
Light gauge alloy with a satin finish can be cut with an etching blade on a flat surface
(workbench not kitchen table) ! decorate with letraset and lacquer (many coats)
Hard work but you can get something really amazing.
Please, call me Pig.
Join date: May 2010
2,847 IQ
Adobe clay, recycled adult toys, food. Whatever gets the job done.
Phoenix V
Registered MUser
Join date: Mar 2011
715 IQ
Quote by W4RP1G
recycled adult toys.

This is my personal favourite
'It takes 100 guitar players to change a light. One to change the light and 99 to stand around pointing, saying..."Yeah man, look...I can do that too"...'

My gear is in my Profile

Builds & Refurbs
Hondo 780 Deluxe
Gibson Studio
Epi LP100
Puts a bangin' donk on it
Join date: Apr 2008
4,127 IQ
Bear in mind that pickguard material can effect the tone greatly. Slapping a big metal pickguard on a guitar gives it a far, far brighter tone; large wood pickguards tend to make the guitar sound suitably softer. Of course if the pickguard in question is only a tiny one then the difference isn't as great, but ven with something like a Les Paul Junior which has a relatively small pickguard that doesn't touch any of the other hardware or electronics, material still makes a noticable difference.

Consider the look you want then try to find a plastic/celluloid material that fits that, unless you're comfortable (or even want) the change in tone and resonance that particular materials bring. Standard plastic guards are most popular precisely because they don't particularly effect the tone of the instrument.
Yes, I know everything. No, I can't play worth a damn.
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