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Pick guard preference?

  1. Tortoise shell

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  2. None

    7 vote(s)
    63.6%
  3. White

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  1. 67King

    67King Member

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    Been waiting to get the pick guard I ordered before posting. So I got it, so now I'll introduce it and myself.

    Bought my first guitar, a 1990 Gibson Les Paul Studio, in 1990 when I was in high school. Did the whole laway thing and all of that (I worked a lot, so I did have a bit of income). Didn't know how to play, but my best friend did (and was a professional for a while, some of his stuff was on Grey's Anatomy as the background music). So I learned on a pretty nice guitar. I guess I liked Led Zeppelin back then, but soon thereafter discovered the Allman Brothers Band. If you happen to have come across a couple of other posts, you'll know I'm a huge Derek Trucks fan. Still have it, it is the one in the picture. The barely still there autograph is Chuck Berry, whose accountant's son was a college roommate of mine.

    Had an Aria Les Paul copy for years, set up to play slide. Always wanted an SG. When I turned 40, I said eff it, I'm getting one. Almost bought the DT Sig, but decided it was silly, as the Standard was essentially the same thing. So I got it as a B-stock for about $1000, and set it up to play slide. A few months later, I had an accident, and lost part of my middle finger on my right hand. As I use my fingers to pick, it screwed up me, and I quit playing altogether for a while.

    Couple of years ago, one of my kids wanted to learn. So I tried, again, and actually was able to make some progress, starting to use my ring finger instead of my middle. Kept playing the SG as my slide guitar, and the Les Paul as my normal one. Then after hearing how much I dug the 57's in the SG, I got some SD 59's for the Les Paul. And tried the whole coil tapping thing. And long story short, I ended up using my SG for a while for normal and for slide.

    Got a 58 Tele Reissue as a second normal guitar. Just never could get a feel for it, though I'd wanted the single coil sound (the split ones didn't really do it for me). Ended up trading it straight up for the PRS you see, which is a CE22. Nice, easy to play guitar. Doesn't have that Gibson tone, though. Interestingly it has a prototype pickup in it, not sure how, but it does, and it is Paul Reed Smith's actual handwriting according to their regional rep. So that's kidn of cool, though I don't know if it means much.

    Regardless, I just kept thinking what I'd really like is another SG. So easy to play. Such great, thick tone. Thought about a 2009 Ocean Blue Carved Top or a 2016 Supreme. Then they came out with the 2018 HP's that aren't carved, but have the maple top. And man, I still love them. Dug the thread started by @SG standard. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I've got kids running around, I want something I can leave out and just play. So that brought me back to the Standard. And I much prefer the half face pick guard. Don't like ebony or white. Didn't want another Heritage Cherry. So it was almost the Pelham Blue by default. So I got it, but wanted to make it look less contemporary, and more vintage. So I put on the poker chip, replaced the knobs with the silver insert, adn put on the tortoise shelll pick guard. Honestly, I don't know if I like it or not. WOuld love to hear y'all's opinions. I may go with white. May go without. But, it'll be my main guitar for the time being

    Compared to the 2013, the 2017 definitely has the shallower bevel. The only other big thing I don't like is that the binding on the fretboard is white, and I prefer the cream.
     

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  2. SG standard

    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to eSG! Nice collection you've got there... Personally, I've always liked the Pelham finish with cream plastic parts, plus I've never really liked tortoiseshell on anything that's not a tortoise (and even then I'm not convinced), so I'll vote for white. But, hey, you must've liked tortoiseshell to begin with or you wouldn't have tried it. :) If you dig it, keep it.

    Main thing, it's a Pelham SG. Cool. :cool:
     
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  3. NoOrangeJuice

    NoOrangeJuice New Member

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    I'd say that guitar looks great without a pickguard, but if you want to keep it clean then definitely white. Tortoise never really strikes me as fitting for Gibsons, Fenders definitely though. My vote is for no pickguard.
     
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    My vote is tort if you get dark burgundy guard. That bright red doesn't look good. If not dark tort, then I'd say white with a white tenon cover :thumb:
     
  5. 67King

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    I was hoping the color would be more like root beer than orange. I like the tortoise on fenders, especially light colored ones, as above. Only thought about tortoise shell after seeing one on a black ES335. I think dark brown looks really good with lighter blue. Burgundy is in that vain.

    If I do white, I might make it pearloid to give a little texture/depth.
     
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    Can you tell any difference in the way the new one plays compared to the cherry one? Does it vibrate as well unplugged?
     
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    I like it, but I think the darker tortoise would look even better.
     
  8. 67King

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    I actually feel a lot more resonance, mostly in the neck, of the new one than I do the cherry one. They are set up pretty differently, though, so I don't know how much of an impact that has.
     
  9. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    I cast my vote for NO PICKGUARD (because that looks best)

    but if you've already drilled holes in your beautiful guitar, then I vote for a black p/g...
    I have a Silverburst SG with the angel wing p/g, and I made my own replacement
    for the plastic part out of ebony headstock veneer that I got from StewMac:

    http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_an...stic_Guitar_Necks/Peghead_Overlay_Veneer.html

    Like this:
    pickguard 3@100.jpg
    Pickguard 09 cut out@100.jpg
    Pickguard 12@100.jpg
    April close@100.jpg
    This wasn't too hard to do... a little care with a sharp hand saw.
    Ebony splits easily, so a careful job cutting out the part after
    drawing around the original, and marking the holes. I drilled holes
    around the outside, and cut between the holes with the saw and
    shaped the curves with a dremel tool.

    I beveled the edge with a file. sanded the wood down to 600 grit
    and finished it with tung oil.

    I believe it will look better than the tortoise shell, it goes with your
    other SG and with the pickup surrounds.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    oh yeah, and welcome to ETSG!

    Of course, everyone knows that an ebony pickguard renders
    Much Better Tone, and increases sustain, and makes your SG
    play like buttah...

    Hard to beat. You have an excellent collection of fine
    instruments.
     
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  11. 67King

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    I didn't drill the holes, Gibson did! I'm looking for some white pickup surrounds - I'd prefer cream but the binding is bright white, so I think the white would match better. My Les Paul originally had all black stuff, but I changed out that and the knobs to look like the Standards of the day (1990). That said, simply changing the knobs from all black to the aluminum insert drastically cahnges the look of the guitar.

    The Heritage Cherry is the absolute benchmark for SG's, as far as I'm concerned. And that sound those 57's made while plugged up to my old Blues DeVille is just pure aural pornography.

    Thanks for teh compliments, I do enjoy them! Have a couple of acoustics, too. A Hot Rod Steel tri-cone resonantor for slide, and and old Guild JF30 for general stuff. But I don't really play too much acoustic stuff.
     
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    rotorhead Well-Known Member

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    I voted for no guard but the deed is done. Either way it's a beauty.
     
  13. syscokid

    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Good looking Harem you got there... :yesway:

    None of these SG's are mine, but...
    Personally, I like the black guard with the wide bevels:

    s-l1000.jpg

    Here's a white-ish one, black trim, but gold hardware:

    GBHB200C-ml-02.jpg

    Another white-ish one, but with vibrola hardware:

    y4z4amcuzhjzqj6oclyx.jpg

    Welcome to ETSG... :cheers:
     
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    +1 on the combination of a Gibson SG with the '57 Classic and Classic + pickups.
    SGs and '57s were made for each other IMHO. Play that through a Fender Deluxe
    or even a Fender Deluxe "model" and it's guitar heaven IMHO.
     

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