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Old 05-28-2019, 05:27 PM
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Default Would like opinions on pickguard

Recently bought new Breedlove Sunlight concert (awesome guitar). I like the looks of a PG and I’m a relative beginner so I can be a little ham fisted with pick. I know it’s ultimately up to me but I would value others opinions. Also my first try at posting photos.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:36 PM
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I like the looks of a PG and Iím a relative beginner so I can be a little ham fisted with pick.
I think you've answered your own question - yes, fit the pickguard and please put your pants on.
Pictures are fine.
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That one wouldn’t be my choice of pickguards, but I do think it looks better with one than without.

Edit: On second look, that one looks pretty good.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:26 PM
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That pickguard looks pretty good on there and, for you, it's a matter of simple practicality to have a pickguard to protect the top. Even as your technique improves and having a pickguard is less necessary for you, it's a good idea to have a pickguard on the guitar in case anyone else ever picks up the guitar and plays it.


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Old 05-28-2019, 07:51 PM
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It's up to you. Since you have the PG already, if you like it that's fine. I would prefer black, but that's me. I am not a tort fan at all.
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Considering the unconventional aesthetics of Breedlove, I think it looks better sans pick guard.

That said, with your concern in mind, why not think about a clear guard, with a thought toward removing it on down the road when you've gained more control over your pick follow through?

I believe the clear guard would allow for more even UV aging of the top and you won't be left with the suntan shape of the opaque guard to deal with.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:53 PM
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It's your call but I prefer a clear pickguard.
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Looks good to me
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:03 PM
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I think it looks nicer with the pickguard for normal Spruce top...unless it is Koa or some highly figured top wood.
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Another vote for a clear guard if you can get one (not hard, but it doesn't come free). Given your circumstances, I'd rather see the one you have on there as opposed to none at all.
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I donít scratch the area nearly as much as I used to but it is good piece of mind I say
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:19 PM
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I believe the clear guard would allow for more even UV aging of the top and you won't be left with the suntan shape of the opaque guard to deal with.
Actually, Lee, even clear pickguards leave ďtanlinesĒ on spruce tops when theyíre removed. Itís not as prominent or dramatic as when an opaque pickguard is removed, but the clear plastic refracts the light as it passes through, and as a result not as much light strikes the wood underneath it.

Iíve seen this several times when Iíve removed clear pickguards. The longer the clear pickguard is on the guitar, the more pronounced the effect.

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I think that P/G looks fine!
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I would send that pickguard to Taylor Mullins of Holter Pickguards and have him make one of his very high-quality replacement p/gs. He would use the original as a template.

Nice color with a beveled edge, they look great.
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:51 AM
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Thanks for all the input I really appreciate it. The more I look at it the more I like it. Something about a tear drop pg on a smaller guitar I like. Iím going to put it on today.
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