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Acoustic Pickguards by AxetremeCreations

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Pickguard Info

You've got questions.....We've got answers! With any new product line there come questions. This is the place to answer those questions!!

 

Q: I see your guards are .035" thick....how does that compare to the thickness of other aftetrmarket and stock acoustic pickguards?

A: Our acoustic guards are right in the middle of what is available by manufacturers, and the aftermarket. Some brands are thicker (with no adheive pre-installed), and some are thinner (think....sticker). 

 

Q: Isn't thinner better when it comes to the thickness of an acoustic pickguard?

A: Yes...and no. A thicker guard will harm the tone of an acoustic instrument for sure, but when dealing in hundredths and thousandths of an inch, tonally there will be no difference heard between a .025" thickness and a .040" thickness pickguard. 

 

Q: Are your pickguards beveled?

A: No....they are not. Why you ask?? Because at just over 1/32", there really is not enough there to bevel. Many people remember the "domed" pickguards that were popular for many years and are searching for that look. Reality is, those guards were significantly thicker that 1/32" ,  shrunk, cracked, yellowed, and pealed ....none of which our guards will ever do! Can acoustic guards be beveled? Well.....you may be able to, but the visual difference would not be worth the time most likely!

 

Q: What are your guards made of??

A: Well....there isn't a simply answer, since they are a combination of materials. There are three main layers: 1) The top which is a plastic material and protects the look of the guard   2) The "look" of the guard (a print, or effect such as abalone or tortoise)   3) The mounting adhesive .  In comparison, there are three other ways other guards are made. One is to direct print a very low resolution image to the backside of plastic and add adhesive. These are the cheap Chinese guards (and some manufacturers...) that sell for $5-$10. The next is by using "doming". These are thicker, typically have small bubbles or imperfections, and will crack and yellow over time. The last is a solid surface guard with adheive on the back. These start out as large blocks of material (usually a tortoise looking material) that is cut into thin sheets. These are typically only tortoise guards, since the process is so specific. 

 

Q: Are your guards transparent / see-thru?

A: No, none of our guards are transparent. Our process makes that impossible, short of doing it like others have tried in the past (which results in a lower quality guard)

 

Q: Will the glue you use harm my finish??

A: We've tested our guards on MANY paints and finishes, and none ever gave us a problem.  That being said, we can imagine a guitar that was refinished and the paint not adhered properly, that could cause an issue when sticking any guard to a guitar like that.  Another thing to note, is that any guard will leave a discoloration where the guard is compared to where light hits. The more exotic the wood, the more obvious this will be. That is nothing to do with the guards, it is just science.

 

Q: How are your acoustic guards removed?

A: Easy.....a little heat and VOILA! A hairdryer works best and will not harm your guitar if you do not stay in one spot too long. The best part....no sticky mess to clean up afterwards! After removing numerous stock guards on every model from Gibson to Fender....most left a mess. Ours...do not!

 

Q: Why are your acoustic pickguards better than everyone elses?

A: Simple: They are simple to apply, the most creative designs and materials, and will last virtually forever! Our material being made the way it is (in the USA...here in house) gives musicians around the world the chance to have a unique, custom, and beautiful guard that no one else makes! Our ability to create custom designs, within 1-2 weeks, in ANY shape....is what sets us apart from everyone else.