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Jul-08-2004, 7:32am
Heres my cool little pickguard.

Jim Garber
Jul-08-2004, 8:10am
This is been on this board before but bears repetition. 1890s bowlback (maker unknown).


Jim Garber
Jul-08-2004, 8:36am
Here's one from a 1902 Martin Style 6.

Jul-08-2004, 9:09am
hey thats awsome

Jul-08-2004, 1:05pm
Scotti, is that pickguard sunbursted to match your mando? If it is, how did you do it?

Jul-08-2004, 4:58pm
From a Lawrence Smart . . .

Scotti Adams
Jul-08-2004, 6:03pm
Scotti, is that pickguard sunbursted to match your mando? #If it is, how did you do it?
...for that answer you would have to contact Ben Wilcox at info@brw-instruments.com because he is the man that built it and applied the burst....pretty nifty huh?

Jul-08-2004, 6:22pm

Jul-09-2004, 2:21am
I'd rather call it a finger rest. Since the top is so distant from the strings, I can hardly imagine how someone would hit the top with the pick. But since I dont plant my fingers on the top like banjoists, I shouldnt call it finger rest either.
I always blamed contact of the plectrum and top on a lack of technique (or bad right hand technique).

Quite a dilemma. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-09-2004, 7:14am
Chris, you make that pickguard? Looks real good.

Jul-09-2004, 8:19am
hehehehe funny!

Tom C
Jul-09-2004, 8:28am
"I'd rather call it a finger rest. Since the top is so distant from the strings, I can hardly imagine how someone would hit the top with the pick."
<span style='color:blue'>I know a few who could pick away the top finish (where the pickguard would be). Mostly hard strummin does it.</span>

Jul-09-2004, 8:32am
Well sometimes I nail the top end of my mandolin with a pick, and its out of pure excitement. Heck If I almost hit the person whos 5 feet away with my headstock, I find it pretty damn possible to nail a pickgaurd a couple inches away.

Jul-10-2004, 2:45am
Cause for nailing top: banjo .. yeah, we all try to beat that tambourine with strings and get too excited.

Scotti Adams
Jul-10-2004, 11:13am
heres a better one of my pic guard

Jul-10-2004, 11:39am

That's really a nice looking package.

Gail Hester
Jul-11-2004, 8:11pm
I made this one and a matching bridge with Macassar Ebony.

Jul-12-2004, 8:26am
How's that for a fancy F-style ?


He He He...

Ted Eschliman
Jul-12-2004, 10:24am
Rigel Blue:

Jul-13-2004, 7:17am
man what a nice mando

Django Fret
Jul-13-2004, 11:02pm
Here is one that doesn't cover the treble f-hole.

Jul-14-2004, 3:52am
Here's how Gibson did it back in 1907:

Jim Garber
Jul-14-2004, 7:55am
I always see those early Gibson pickguards as southern New Jersey.


Jim Garber
Jul-14-2004, 7:57am
This one from a very ornate bowlback by Angelo Mannello.

Jul-14-2004, 12:38pm

i dunno if you guys have ever checked out leftover salmon, but drew emmitt (pictured) has the most beat up pickguard..quite amazing.

btw, some of you have the most beautiful mandolins, im soo jealous.

Scotti Adams
Jul-18-2004, 12:42pm
hey guys I got a new camera....it takes much better pics.

Aug-05-2004, 6:37pm
Here's the Pickguard on my F-5L (Special)

Mar-20-2005, 1:02am
I am going to make a smaller abreviated pickguard, like most shown here for my F4 (in progress) QUESTION: How thick are most of these? I have a nice piece of 1/8 Walnut I could use, I want the guard dark brown like ebony, but will walnut stain that dark? Is walnut a OK wood for this?
Also on the wooden pickguards what do you finish them with, most in the photos look shiny but not lacquer shiny, a wax? Tung oil?
In general is a wood pickguard concidered more high qualiy, or upscale than the plastic tortoise shell looking stuff, or is it just personal taste. I like the look of wood and tortoise shell but the sheets of that shell cost a lot. Thanks JD (PS I know this is a old thread, this question date 3/19/05 ) JD