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Old 01-25-2020, 09:13 PM
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I never understood why more manufacturers did not just do like FB and include it in the case. Let the player decide if they want it or not.


I agree put them in the case for the buyer to decide.
But I guess the dealers prefer them so guitars do not get scratched up in the showroom.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:24 PM
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I agree put them in the case for the buyer to decide.
But I guess the dealers prefer them so guitars do not get scratched up in the showroom.
.. and would the maker still cover the warranty if the owner messed up the guitar trying to put it on and getting it all wrong?
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:48 PM
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Depends on the guitar's use , for me. My 000-18 has a pickguard and I use it for heavy thumb picking (Travis/Watson) and bluegrass flatpicking. On the other hand, my Brook Torridge has neither a pickguard nor an endpin - it is used for more classical/Celtic/folk fingerstyle type things and I treat it more as a classical guitar with steel strings and it's never been played with a pick.
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Old 01-25-2020, 09:52 PM
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Depends on the guitar and the pickguard.
Yep. What Paul said...
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:09 PM
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If there is to be a pickguard, I'd prefer it to be clear. Why have great wood, then hide it?
That's what I did with my Taylor BTO with sinker redwood top, it has a clear pickguard to show the wood.
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:44 PM
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I learned my lesson when a friend picked up my cedar-topped Lowden and used metal finger picks on it.

All my guitars that don't have a guard now get the thin clear guard attached with the water float application method. (courtesy Frank Ford's excellent instructions...)

It's very unobtrusive and protects well.
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I prefer no guard. Ten years of flatpciking with not scratches. I guess I've got good aim
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:03 PM
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I'd prefer not to have a pick guard, bit all four of my acoustics have one. They were just made that way.

Two of them are clear, almost invisible.

So although I don't care for one, having one won't prevent me from purchasing a guitar that I otherwise like.

My flamenco has to have one, and my old parlor had one, long missing. But the outline of where it was is so obvious I'll have to get around to replace it sometime.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:01 AM
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Poll needs a "Whatever" option.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:32 AM
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Depends on the guitar and the pickguard.
My thought as well.
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It's no big deal to me. If it has one and I would prefer that guitar to not have one I simply remove it. Some guitars look great with one, some don't. There is no one answer.
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:21 AM
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I think the answer is easy: Clear guard.
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Old 01-26-2020, 03:57 AM
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I prefer having a pickguard. I have a pretty accurate right hand attack these days, and donít scratch up my guitars, but when I first started playing I was pretty heavy-handed. It would have been a bad idea for me to go without a pickguard back then.

Itís still a bad idea to go without a pickguard when other people play my guitars. Iím a fairly genial guy when it comes to letting other players try out my guitars; in fact, I really enjoy hearing them played by other accomplished musicians. But a pickguard is mandatory in those circumstances.

Iíve got one good friend and frequent musical partner whoís a much better guitarist than I am and has been playing considerably longer, yet he doesnít have as precise a right hand attack as I have. When at a party I let him play the one guitar I own that doesnít have a pickguard, sure enough, it got marked up.

Not badly, but noticeably.

Iíd rather have my friends enjoy my guitars rather than hovering nervously over them when they play them, so for me itís a good idea to have pickguards on my guitars.

As for clear pickguards, Iím sorry, but those just remind me WAY too much of the clear vinyl furniture covers several of my friendsí mothers had on their living room furniture when I was a kid.

Imagine this: itís a hot, humid Kansas City summer in the late 1950ís or early 1960ís, itís over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 100% humidity, and none of the houses on our block have central air conditioning. Imprisoned by politeness and forced to visit briefly with my friendís mother, I sit on a chair covered by a clear vinyl furniture cover, and in the muggy air I feel my skin gluing itself to the vinyl. When finally given leave to go outside and play with my buddy, I have to literally PEEL MYSELF OFF the vinyl.

No thank you. No thank you very much. I donít want anything that reminds me of that anywhere within two miles of any of my musical instruments. As for the supposedly beautiful wood grain that I should be eager to keep ever within my sight: really? Spruce is not all that exciting, for the most part. Besides, I can still see most of it when I have a pickguard mounted on the guitar.

You know, in case I want to gaze adoringly at it or anything....


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Old 01-26-2020, 04:13 AM
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This is partially about Usage, partially about aesthetics, and partially about design.
Dreads : Yes
Jumbo (Roy Smeck) Yes
12 string dread - yes
12 string jumbo - Yes
000 yes
00 - no.
0 - no -but it has a small one and that's OK.
Archtops - no
National reso - no
Mando - no.
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:17 AM
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...I gotta have a pickguard as I am a pinky rester a lot of the time...doesnít take long at all for me to start wrecking the finish...
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