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Old 05-30-2016, 01:54 PM
Earl49 Earl49 is offline
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Jerry, it is up to you and your playing style. If you strum heavily and thrash the guitar, put one on. To some degree anything you put on the top will inhibit the vibration and tone. Whether it is perceptible, or a big deal, is up to you.

I prefer to NOT have pick guards at all, but I also don't bother to remove them if a guitar comes with it already. The exception is for koa tops - it is downright criminal to cover up a koa top. I put a thin clear vinyl pick guard on my WS-1000 years ago, and it barely has a mark on it. And most of those marks came from friends who were trying out the guitar (the real reason that I put it on). For the most part, my flat pick technique is well controlled and I do not really need a pick guard.
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