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Purpose I've been compiling traces and photographs of instrument pickguards that I have encountered in order to provide reference mat...

Vintage Pickguard Traces

Purpose

I've been compiling traces and photographs of instrument pickguards that I have encountered in order to provide reference material for individuals looking to make replicas. These tracings are done on normal 7.5x11 printer paper with a pencil and are scanned onto my computer. I

If you want to produce and sell replica pickguards using my traces, please do the courteous thing and contact me first.  

1965 Burns Vibraslim Bass



This pickguard is from a British-made Burns/Baldwin Vibraslim Bass guitar. It is 3/32" thick in total but the pickguard is mostly white with a 1/64th" thick black veneer on top. The words "Baldwin" are engraved in the pickguard

1940s Custom Kraft (Kay-built) Blonde Archtop

1940s Custom Kraft Pickguard tracing1940s Custom Kraft Pickguard picture

This pickguard is made out of a celluloid material that is red and orange and resembles lava from a volcano. It has two counter-sunk screw holes to mount into the body and it rests on two orange rubber washers and a white, paper backing to make the pickguard opaque. It is 5/64ths of an inch thick and does not have any taper or smoothing on the edges. It is mounted with two screws and placed on top of two, "pencil eraser"-color, rubber washers

1940s Custom Kraft (Kay-built) Natural Archtop


The pickguard is a translucent orange celluloid with green-black splotches added for a tortoise appearance. It has an 8th note engraving with white paint and faux gemstones inlaid into it. The pickguard is 1/16" thick and has a soft bevel all the way around.

1940s Kamico (Kay Musical Instrument Company) Parlor Flattop


This pickguard is a parchment color (possibly white but faded) with sharp, 90 degree edges all around. It is 1/16th" thick and mounted with two screws directly to the body

Late 1960s Kay Country Flat Top



The pickguard is 1/16" thick tortoise celluloid that is not bevelled around the edges. It also has an embossed Kay logo in a circle. 

1950s Kay K150 Archtop

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The pickguard is 1/16" thick cream celluloid with a 1/16" thick tortoise celluloid control plate with a paper backing. The pickup ring is made from Brazilian Rosewood.

1960 Kay K6970 Swingmaster Semi Hollow

The pickguard is made from a plastic that has yellowed with age and is mounted with two screws directly to the guitar. The guard is 3/32nd of an inch thick with a bevel on all edges except the left side (facing the pickups) which is sharp 90 degrees. 


1950s Marathon (Kay-built) Acoustic  w/ (Harmony pickguard)


The pickguard is 3/32nds of an inch thick with rounded edges. Its made out of a "tortoise shell" celluloid material. This is not a Kay pickguard, its actually a Harmony.

1954 Silvertone Flattop Acoustic

1954 Silvertone Pickguard tracing1954 Silvertone Pickguard picture










This pickguard is also make of a "lava celluloid" and is translucent without a backing. It also has no taper but the edges are rounded about a 1/3rd of the way down the height of the pickguard. This pickguard is also 5/64ths of an inch thick and has three counter-sunk screw holes that mount directly into the body. 





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