#1
how do you remove it correctly and will it make the guitar sound a lil better because the top can vibrate more freely ?
#2
its there for a reason...i wouldnt screw with it
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#3
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its there for a reason...i wouldnt screw with it

It's there for people who can't control their pick and scratch the hell out of the soundboard. Many people remove their pickguards, and it does no damage at all.

First of all, what kind of finish does your guitar have? Removing a pickguard on a satin finish can be a little more tricky than on a glossy finish. Second, how long have you had the guitar? Often, there will be a distinct light spot where the pickguard used to be because of the aging of the wood and effect of the light on its finish. These marks may never go away.
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#4
i have a fg730s i think its a natural gloss .. and i only had it for two months .. i can control my strumming and my previous acoustic didnt have a pickguard and i didnt scratch it up .. so how would i go about taking it off .. and also would it make it sound a tiny bit better because the top can vibrate more freely .. thanks
#5
Theres a guide somwhere. I don't have the URL as I'm on my work's computer, but its very simple.

Basicly:

Get a hairdryer, heat the pickguard slowly to loosen the glue holding the pickguard, and slowly peel it (SLOWLY), working the hairdryer as you pull.

Things to note are:

-Do it slowly so you don't lift the finish

-You'll most likely scortch your fingertips

-If the pickguard has been on it for a while you'll notice the top will not be 'tanned' underneath. Don't worry, give it a few months and it'll end up matching the rest of the guitar.

/e: Forgot to mention, I did it on my acoustic, it literaly took me 15 minutes. And IMO looks MUCH better without the pickguard:



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Last edited by Highbinder at May 20, 2008,
#6
Quote by Highbinder
Theres a guide somwhere. I don't have the URL as I'm on my work's computer, but its very simple.

Basicly:

Get a hairdryer, heat the pickguard slowly to loosen the glue holding the pickguard, and slowly peel it (SLOWLY), working the hairdryer as you pull.

Things to note are:

-Do it slowly so you don't lift the finish

-You'll most likely scortch your fingertips

-If the pickguard has been on it for a while you'll notice the top will not be 'tanned' underneath. Don't worry, give it a few months and it'll end up matching the rest of the guitar.

That's essentially what you do. There may be sticky residue left behind, but this can be removed with naptha. The tan line from the pickguard will fade with age, but I've seen some guitars where it is still noticeable after some time. Though, I wouldn't worry about it. It's just appearance, not function.
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#7
Good advice so far.
And I don't think you will notice any difference in sound. Possibly, but i doubt it.
#8
thanks for everyones input .. your guitar looks better w/o the pickguard .. what is naptha and where can i get it
#9
Naptha is just the american name for white spirits. You can get it anywhere. You might not even need it, mine came off with only the tiniest amount of residue, which came off with a damp cloth.
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Out here in the perimeter there are no stars

Out here we is stoned
Immaculate.