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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / What type pickguard for a Melody Maker / Junior ?

Stratmanx
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Jan 31st, 2018 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

A Melody Maker meets a Les Paul Jr.

TonePro's wrap around adjustable bridge, Fralin 5% overwound P90, and Grover Deluxe Keystone tuners brings it into Jr land.

The stock 59' reissue Melody Maker had the black one ply pickguard and the Melody Maker name was silkscreened where it looks like a neck pickup would be.

I had also thought about a three ply Black-White-Black to add a bit of "Special" to it, and that could lend itself into engraving "Melody Maker Jr" where the previous pick guard was silkscreened.

But at the end of the day, its still a real basic guitar and perhaps the simple single ply black would be the better choice ?


Now I know how woman feel when they get all wrapped up in their shoes !






You pick the pickguard.

Peegoo
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Jan 31st, 2018 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tortoise.

There is no other choice!

Stratmanx
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Jan 31st, 2018 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

That would work.

But then WD's got three choices of Tortoise.

The Tortoise parchment seems to pop a bit more.

It's never simple, is it ?

WD Materials

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 10:10 PM, Jan 31st, 2018)

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Jan 31st, 2018 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The best tort I've found is called Tortoloid. It has areas of clear that allow the guitar's finish to show through--just like actual tortoiseshell. It's made by hand...that's why it's not cheap. Most of the printed tort sheet looks cheesy.



Here's an example: I made one for the white LP Jr in

This pic

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Feb 2nd, 2018 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd also go with tortoise, and of the WD samples in the link #o5 looks the best to me. Somewhere Ive seen other examples of tort with a larger pattern that look more like the stuff they used originally.

A worthy project BTW, the over wound Fralin pup sounds pretty interesting. Show us a pic when you get it done!



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Feb 4th, 2018 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a custom shop that does 50's pinup pickguards

Nicely Unique

Peegoo
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Feb 4th, 2018 09:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like those!

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