In addition to setting up guitars, getting rid of buzz, refretting, installing pickups, fixing broken headstocks, restoring vintage instruments and general musical TLC, our repair shop does some sweet detail work like pickguards. Some folks need a new one, some want one added to a guitar that doesn’t have one and some folks have a crazy idea they want to see come to fruition. Read on…
Collings I-35 – Custom Pickguard
Josh B. added a sweet custom pickguard for a customer who desired one with binding for his oh-so-sweet Collings I-35. However, he wanted to avoid the expense one with binding would incur. Josh concocted his own version using tortoise style material and cream material. He placed the cream behind the tortoise, which also highlighted the tortoise pattern, which looks really cool. He then beveled the edge, resulting in the appearance of cream binding. Lastly, Josh devised a sweet mounting method that did not invade the guitar at all – by using a bracket in the f-hole and using the existing pickup ring screws to hold in the guard. Beautiful!
Eastman Archtop – Pickguard Special Installation
A customer provided Matt H with the classic looking pickguard for his Eastman archtop, but there was no mounting hardware included. Matt fabricated an Ebony bracket himself which screws into the neck and created a custom block for the pickguard mount. The result is a sharp, classic look with craftsmanship that parallels the beauty of the guitar.
Gretsch Junior Jet – Custom Pickguard
Inspired by the Repair Shop’s great work modding a few burst Junior Jets we had at the store back in 2011, web manager Anne brought in her used Junior Jet II for the same mod. After installing the Fralin Dogear P90s, the whole vibe of the guitar was screaming Les Paul and it didn’t seem quite right to put the same pickguard back on.
Anne always hankered for an LP Junior and asked if the shop could replace the oval Gretsch guard with a Les Paul Junior style, rather than the more triangular LP Special style. A standard replacement didn’t fit, so Matt H custom made a Les Paul Junior guard, adjusting it to fit the curve of the horn on the Gretsch, and the new dogear P90s. The result? A sweet Gretsch hot rodded and modded with an LP Junior vibe.