Poll: Les Paul: like better with or w/out pickguard?
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View poll results: Les Paul: like better with or w/out pickguard?
Pickguard
47 42%
No pickguard
48 43%
Neutral on the matter
17 15%
Voters: 112.
#1
Which do you prefer?

I think LPs should have the pickguard.
I think it looks better and serves a good function.

My only LP (Robot) doesn't have one, ironically.
#2
with pick guard
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#3
Some I like with, some without
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#4
i mostly prefer without, but the les paul junior ones look a little too bare without one
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#7
I don;t have a problem with how it looks, but I don't like playing with one. Pickguards on LPs just never felt right to me.
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No pickguard if plus top.
Pickguard if plain.

That's the answer.
Personally I don't think it serves a function on an arched top guitar (my hand never comes down toward the body after a strum), but it looks cool.

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#9
I think pickguards serve a good function protecting your guitars finish. It also looks awesome
#10
Aesthetically speaking, no pickguard, unless it's a cream colored one on a Black Beauty. As for the practical use, that's up to you to decide.
#12
Quote by Robbgnarly
Some I like with, some without


This. I generally say that plaintops/finishes with plainer tops tend to look better with the pickguard.

Mine doesn't have it on though and looks like this. I like my pickguard shadow as well. I am considering putting the poker chip back on though.

Last edited by Duv at Jan 24, 2012,
#13
I have a les paul but it tragically does not have a pickguard. I've learned to like the look of it without though.
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#14
Depends on the finish.
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#16
I have a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard Red Sparkle Top that has a clear Pickguard... It looks so cool. If it was cream or black, I wouldn't put the pickguard on, but since it's clear... WOW. - That was cool.

The pickguard wasn't on it when I bought the guitar and I just assumed it was black, the Les Paul has gold hardware and is red, with black pickup rings, so I just assumed black pickguard... So when I was told it was clear 'after I paid for it'... and saw it once the case had came to me 'they kept it in the case' - finding out the pickguard wasn't cream or wasn't black and blended so well with guitar 'because it was clear', was one more reason out of many, that made me love that guitar. I actually do have the pickguard on and; I think it looks better on with this guitar, but... Only because the one I have on my Custom Shop model is see-through/clear.

I'm usually like 'NO pickguard' though, when it comes to Les Pauls, usally.
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Last edited by treborillusion at Jan 24, 2012,
#17
Depends on the finish. I like solid colored finishes with a pickguard, flamed tops without a pickguard, and burst finishes can go either way depending on the color. That's just my opinion.
#18
if the guitar is brand fricking new, take the pickguard off, or it'll shadow ^^ as seen above.
that is if you can see wanting the pickguard off in the future...
If its old enough to the point where its worn in a bit (or alot) then leave it on...

If its off, I leave it off....I left it off my Les Paul, and I like the way it looks with it off...
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#19
i strongly dislike les pauls, but god this one is sexy and mainly because of no pick guard:

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#20
Pickguard, always.

EDIT: ^Actually, after that photo I change my mind. Pickguard on natural finishes, no pickguard on solid finishes.
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#21
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i strongly dislike les pauls, but god this one is sexy and mainly because of no pick guard:



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#22
I think any bursts look a lot better with one, but any LP with one colour on the body looks fine with either.
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#23
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Pickguard on natural finishes, no pickguard on solid finishes.


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#25
i always prefer les pauls with the pickguard but tbh, not having a pickguard wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. if it has one it has one, it it doesn't it doesn't, it doesn't make any difference to me personally.
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#26
I prefer them with a pickguard most of the time... but if it has a flamed or quilted top, it might look just as good and maybe better without it.
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#27
Pickguard always. A Les Paul just looks wrong (and horrible) without one.
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#28
I like both... generally, a solid color with a pickguard, and wood grain without. I put a clear PG on mine because I didn't want to hid any of the wood, but wanted to protect the finish.


#29
I like the pickguard on my goldtop. I wish my white studio didn't have one though. As others have mentioned I don't think it does anything to protect the guitar. I've never come near hitting the finish with a pick.
#30
Quote by philwhite
I like the pickguard on my goldtop. I wish my white studio didn't have one though. As others have mentioned I don't think it does anything to protect the guitar. I've never come near hitting the finish with a pick.


On very flat tops I can see how it could protect but not on Lesters.
#31
I like them either way generally, but with a lot of solid colors I highly prefer a black pickguard.
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#32
Pick guards only on gold tops, looks classy
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#34
Clear pickguard ftw. Best of both worlds...pretty much.
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