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Purpose I'm going to be compiling traces of the couple old pickguards I have as well as any new ones I come across in order for peopl...

Vintage Pickguard Traces

Purpose

I'm going to be compiling traces of the couple old pickguards I have as well as any new ones I come across in order for people to have reference material to create replicas.

ALL these pickguard traces are my intellectual property and are free to use for any non-profit means. If you wish to use them to create and sell replicas, please contact me via email or comment below and I'll happily talk.

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 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

1950s 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


The pickguard is 3/32nds of an inch thick with rounded edges. Its made out of a "tortoise shell" celluloid material. Very, very similar to the 1954 Silvertone Flat Top pickguard

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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