#1
Hi there - i posted this over at the gibson forum as well, but i wanted to see what you guys thought...

I'm toying around with the idea of adding a second pick guard above the sound hole on my SJ-200. For some reason this look always appeals to me when i see it on others people's guitars, but i feel like it's probably not really necessary.

There's the benefit that the wood is protected on both sides of the sound hole, but the way i play i doubt if that'll be a problem for me. It also tends to look pretty cool but i don't know if the guitar really needs it, it's pretty beautiful in its stock configuration.

Does anyone have any experience with whether or not this would change the sound dramatically? I suppose i could always put it on and remove it if i don't like it too.

I've been thinking about doing this for a while now and have the opportunity soon as my guitar's going to Bozeman for some warranty work. What do you guys think?

I mocked up a picture in photoshop, it's probably off just slightly but pretty much is what it would look like:

Original Guitar (how it is today):


Mock up of what it would look lile:
#2
looks cool to me, i should have done that on my martin cause I abuse it when i strum
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#3
i like it, never thought of that, looks really good actually. Beautiful guitar btw
#4
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Hi there - i posted this over at the gibson forum as well, but i wanted to see what you guys thought...

I'm toying around with the idea of adding a second pick guard above the sound hole on my SJ-200. For some reason this look always appeals to me when i see it on others people's guitars, but i feel like it's probably not really necessary.

There's the benefit that the wood is protected on both sides of the sound hole, but the way i play i doubt if that'll be a problem for me. It also tends to look pretty cool but i don't know if the guitar really needs it, it's pretty beautiful in its stock configuration.

Does anyone have any experience with whether or not this would change the sound dramatically? I suppose i could always put it on and remove it if i don't like it too.

I've been thinking about doing this for a while now and have the opportunity soon as my guitar's going to Bozeman for some warranty work. What do you guys think?

I mocked up a picture in photoshop, it's probably off just slightly but pretty much is what it would look like:

Original Guitar (how it is today):


Mock up of what it would look lile:


You probably don't need the extra protection and it will probably dampen the sound. Not dramatically though I would imagine. I don't like the look of it, personally. but that's me. If you like it then by all means go for it.
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#5
I think it would have a negative effect aesthically, on an otherwise beautiful guitar.
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#6
I think the extra plastic would be covering what otherwise be beautiful on a beautiful guitar.
#7
Elvis had it done on one of his favorite guitars. He had more pick guard than sound board. It didn't seem to effect his sound. Personally I'd never do it to a guitar [especially the beauty in the photo] but my wife recently bought an Ibanez 1973 Dreadnought with double pick guards and we took the top one off because we thought we would get a better sound. After removing the top guard, we couldn't hear any difference in sound whatsoever. I wouldn't touch this Gibson though as it will reduce it's value for sure and create the suspicion that the top guard is hiding some damage on the sound-board.

Guess what we found under the top pick guard when it was removed? A bloody hole in the sound-board caused by some impact [it didn't affect the sound though as it was less than 5% of the sound-board]! Structurally the guitar was OK and so was the sound and luckily I was able to repair this hole with some sitka spruce which I then hid under an expensive Jap. Hummingbird [a bird] guitar sticker [$20]. Looks great and sounds great [Ahhh, the sound of 35yr old aged sitka spruce]!


The main point of this story is that we got this great sounding guitar for $120 mainly because every bidder on e-bay was sus about the extra pick guard and what it might be hiding [it was hiding damage]. Don't ruin the value of your guitar [especially this one] by putting on an extra pick guard.

I'd give a leg to own this guitar.
Last edited by Akabilk at Sep 8, 2008,
#9
Oh, I personally wouldn't do it. I don't think it would look very nice with it.
I'd really just leave it as it is.
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#12
tbh i think it looks quite good BUT if your ever likly to sell it well, dont do it like that guy said about it hiding damage but if not just do what you thinks best.
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Elvis had it done on one of his favorite guitars. He had more pick guard than sound board. It didn't seem to effect his sound.

Elvis wasn't really a tone-chaser. I distinctly remember him smashing a very nice acoustic into a table in some crappy movie.
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