#3
it guards the finish of the guitar from the pick
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#6
Well i have always thought it just stopped you striking your pick on the body when you strum, making it stupid to have a expensive one, not that my picking is that bad^^. Mainly cosmetic i think, people just like the look of a guitar with one, some guitars it's hard to imagine it without one.
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#7
On a Strat, the pickguard holds the pickups and electronics. On a Les Paul, it was intended originally to prevent damage of the finish due to heavy pick attack, but the purpose it actually serves is normally more cosmetic.
#8
i took mine off my les paul, looked better without...

but in answer to the question, i think they prevent the paint from being scratched with the pick while strumming.

and to hold pickups in place on most guitars.
#10
The only person who needs a pickguard is Joe Strummer, and he's not with us anymore so, it's because pickguardless guitars (esp the Ibanez ones) look incredibly dull.
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#11
Quote by bornfidelity
The only person who needs a pickguard is Joe Strummer, and he's not with us anymore so, it's because pickguardless guitars (esp the Ibanez ones) look incredibly dull.

i'm not joe strummer, but i do scratch the hell out of my guitars sometimes (especially when i use metal picks) so it's a good thing i have pickguards.
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#12
On a les paul (or any other carved top) it also gives you something to rest your pinkie on if your a fast precision picker.
#13
Quote by ProfDrum
On a les paul (or any other carved top) it also gives you something to rest your pinkie on if your a fast precision picker.


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#14
I think I'll take mine off my les paul.

I think that it helps the guitar not get scratched and it also gives a place to rest your hand.
#15
Quote by bornfidelity
The only person who needs a pickguard is Joe Strummer, and he's not with us anymore so, it's because pickguardless guitars (esp the Ibanez ones) look incredibly dull.


Really? I actually prefer most guitars without pickgaurds.

Of course, a Fender would just look wrong without one imo.
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#16
Dumbest thing i've ever heard. Isn't it obvious? .....
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#17
Quote by Blompcube
i'm not joe strummer, but i do scratch the hell out of my guitars sometimes (especially when i use metal picks) so it's a good thing i have pickguards.


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