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#1 User is offline   jjrpilot 

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:42 PM

I love this guitar but I'm not a fan of the how thick "flubber" the pickguard is. Do you all have any suggestions for a tortoise shell like, THIN pickguard that I could replace it with?

I've looked around but most of the replacements advertise them as being "thick."

Thanks for any suggestions!
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#2 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:46 PM

Taylor Mullins Holter Pickguards.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:59 PM

I replaced the “flubber” pickguard with the OEM pickguard Gibson uses on he J45 Vintage.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 02:40 PM

That shouldn't be a difficult guard to get. There are NOS Ebay dealers at 15 bucks or so, then, as Sal said, Taylor's got a very nice product, but you'll pony up $75. I think I'm having him make a period correct one for my old Guild M20. I like the way he bevels and polishes his, and though not too thick, I dislike the paper thin ones typical of replacement guards.
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Posted 13 March 2019 - 06:29 PM

Another vote for Taylor Mullins. I had him make me a dark celluloid one to replace the flubber on my '16 J-45.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:10 AM

I say live with it and have an "original" condition guitar...
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:50 AM

View Postjvi, on 14 March 2019 - 08:10 AM, said:

I say live with it and have an "original" condition guitar...


To do that for the long run, all you have to do is keep that original guard, and pass it on to the next owner with the guitar. Changing a pickguard is a reversible process involving no real modification of the guitar, particularly if the footprint of the new guard is identical to that of the original. You aren't going to de-value the guitar with this change.

When you change out any original parts, keep them and pass them on with the guitar. Other classic examples are swapping out tuners, saddles, nuts, and bridgepins, provided they require no real modifications.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:44 AM

I have a New unused one for a 45. And not the flubber crap one.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:22 AM

View Postslimt, on 14 March 2019 - 10:44 AM, said:

I have a New unused one for a 45. And not the flubber crap one.


Do you happen to have a pic of it? How much would you want for it?

Thanks all for the recommendations! I'll definitely look into those.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 12:30 PM

Ill post a picture tonight. It actually was in a SJ200 guitar and case I bought new back in 1994 . Back before flubber was introduced its a standard guard. Not the bateing style. Paper still on the back .
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:01 PM

I'm a fan of tiger guards and really like this one from Terrapin......

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:05 AM

View PostBuc McMaster, on 14 March 2019 - 09:01 PM, said:

I'm a fan of tiger guards and really like this one from Terrapin......

I purchased a tortoise J-45 pickguard from Terrapin a few years back for my LG2-AE.

Great color & look - really like it a lot.
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Posted 16 March 2019 - 02:41 PM

okay, maybe I missed something...

Can someone explain to me what the word 'flubber" means
as used on this forum?

I have a 2018 J-45 AG that was made in January 2018, just before
the doo doo hit the froo froo. I am very fond of my new J-45, and
have had no problems with it. Walnut back and sides, Walnut bridge,
Walnut fretboard... it's a unique instrument.

I replaced my grover tuners with a set of Waverly keys, not because
there was anything wrong with the grovers, but because the Waverleys
were onsale at StewMac, and I wanted the ebony buttons.

My J-45 has a p/g which does not resemble an older J-45 p/g, but
that has not been an issue with me. I would need to be persuaded that
there was something seriously wrong with my p/g before I would
consider a change.

So tell me...

This post has been edited by Col Mustard: 16 March 2019 - 05:23 PM

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