#1
What can I do with it to make it look better? I was thinking maybe painting it in an original way so that the guitar would look good overall. What do you guys think?
#2
Replace it with another LP pickguard. There's so many options online that repainting an existing one is pretty much completely pointless.

And given the purpose of a pickguard is to protect the guitar from scratches, then the scratches will eventually wear the paint off and it'll look absolutely repulsive. Buy a new guard. Don't waste your time.

I cannot think of many different colours or shades for a pickguard that wouldn't look like shit anyway.
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#3
Take it off, buy another one or cut a shape yourself.
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#4
I just take mine off my LPs
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#6
My LP's have had no pick guard since 1998, they are just tacky
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#7
as much as I hate les pauls and everything to do with gibson there is a website called axetremecreations that has some really cool ones

i used to sell pickguards and was going to give some tips how to fill the holes and all that as that is the only reason I'm chiming in but yeah.. check it out. I'd try painting a cheap ebay one or a scrap piece of wood / cardboard until you get the right design

this is the site
http://axetremecreations.com/
#8
I'd probably do this.





Or...

Wammiworld has a brass one.

Someone I saw actually had a steel one. I'd probably take one of those two and have a good gun engraver go at it, ala the Zemaitis and Teve guitars.
#9
Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
Replace it with another LP pickguard. There's so many options online that repainting an existing one is pretty much completely pointless.

And given the purpose of a pickguard is to protect the guitar from scratches, then the scratches will eventually wear the paint off and it'll look absolutely repulsive. Buy a new guard. Don't waste your time.

I cannot think of many different colours or shades for a pickguard that wouldn't look like shit anyway.

Nah, not pointless.
Just paint it on the underside.

I did something similar to mine:


I used a thermal transfer to get the design on there then found a paint color that matched the original pickguard color as close as I could.
See my PCB tutorial about thermal transfer. It did take me about 3 - 4 tries to get it right on this though.
#10
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I'd probably do this.





That's some cool customisation, but with a natural finish as nice as that guitar has I don't think I'd have wanted to cover it up!!
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#11
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That's some cool customisation, but with a natural finish as nice as that guitar has I don't think I'd have wanted to cover it up!!


Meh. Brown guitars are everywhere.
This was obviously the work of someone bored with a plain brown guitar.
#12
BTW, there's also transit vinyl. This stuff covers buses, cars, etc., and is extremely tough. You can have virtually anything printed on it, cover your pick guard, use it until you get bored with it (or spray some clear on it and make it permanent) and then peel it off and put something else on it.

Very inexpensive. Friend of mine has a complete axe wrap (his whole strat is covered in this stuff under the pick guard) done to look like an old, beaten-to-shit relic (underneath is, I dunno, plain black or red or white...).
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