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    Default Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    I really like some of the smaller, floating pickguards on modern mandolins, and I'd like to have one on my 1919 A2.
    Is anybody making something like that?
    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    I had a local luther make ebony pick guards for my mandolins.

    If you don't know someone in your area, Bruce Weber makes ebony p.g.

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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    The problem is that there is only a very small area on the side of the fingerboard to attach the pickguard to. This is a whole different thing than a mandolin with an elevated fingerboard.I just spoke to my luthier, and he said that it could be done, but he didn't think that it would stand up to use because the brace on the underside of the (Cumberland Acoustics) pickguard would have to be cut down so it would fit, and also such a small mounting area.
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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hall View Post
    I had a local luther make ebony pick guards for my mandolins.

    If you don't know someone in your area, Bruce Weber makes ebony p.g.
    I contacted them, but their starting price of $300 is out of my price range.
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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    Mandolins without raised boards came from Gibson with regular pickguards. Most of the abbreviate guards use the same two mounting pins in the neck. There should be room.

    I would think they could use a hard felt pad under the guard as a brace. I always have problems pulling the pins out when I try to remove a regular sized guard. I'd be shocked it they didn't hold the guard in place.
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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    I believe it could be done with the later 'teens style mounting system, which used a threaded metal rod screwed into a mounting block on the underside of the pickguard. A thumbnail size block holds the other side of the rod and the cam clamp. A violin chinrest screw can be used instead of the cam clamp.

    That would add all the extra support it would need if the pins weren't enough.

    I don't have a camera, but I'll bet someone can post a picture of the later 'teens mounting system.
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    Smile Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    There were pins in those 2 holes. (picture in 4, small finish nails with the head cut off)
    set into a strip on the underside edge of the finger rest,
    and an edge brace that screws into the edge of the mandolin, (if you cannot find a clip )

    Steve at Cumberland acoustics made a tortiseoid one for my Lebeda which had none..
    He supplied an edge brace and rod and so forth..

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    I got an ebony mini one for my Mix 5, and not being similarly braced,

    the Instrument tech used a very thin tempered steel screw ,

    rather than the soft steel nail ( which had a 3rd support point on the rim )






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    Default Re: Modern pickguard for a teens Gibson A?

    I love small floating guards. I had one put on my A style and my F style. Both are black ebony. Lynn Dude did a perfect job on mine. They dont rattle, they look great, they stabilize and orient fingers, protect the finish, feel great, no drilling or hardware on my soundboard. Love them. Of course I have a raised fret board and plenty of room for the pens. Not sure if there is enough surface on yours.
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