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J200 Pickguard still sucks


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Ok, so my almost brand new j200 TV is already loosing significant amounts of paint from the guard. If you touch it it smears...

I know that reasonable wear is expected (and adds to the character of the guitar) but, it's barely even been broken in and just looks silly.

 

I thought Gibson was supposed to have sorted this problem by now...

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I have a 2007 SJ-200 Koa. It has the new and improved pickguard with

the flowers embedded in the plastic. I played an SJ-200 TV a few weeks ago

and it had the old style pickguard. I asked the salesman and he said the

TV models try to replicate the early models.....meaning they have the old

pickguards that will rub off.

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Yes indeed the new SJ200 'guards are brilliant-the design is sealed in under a clear plastic layer, just like the guards on the Hummingbird Modern Classic. I may have got lucky on it because of my band's Gibson endorsement deal, but Gibson replaced the 'guard on my '03 free of charge. It looks stunning now, and I no longer have fading flower fear!!

 

Does anyone know if the new Doves have a sealed-in 'guard or not?

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I bought a J200EC without a pickguard. I'm not sure why the guitar came without a pickguard but I bought it because it played and sounded great. However before I paid for the guitar, I indicated to the store that I wanted the pickguard to be put on the guitar. Before the pickguard arrived I paid for the guitar and took it home.

 

I then requested via email for Gibson to provide me with the proper pickguard. They requested the serial number of my guitar and then sent me a brand new pickguard. I actually ended up with two pick guards as Gibson also sent one to the store that I bought the guitar from. I obtained both pickguards at no cost to me.

 

'All's well that ends well' Nice pickguards!!

 

Also the guitar looks much better with the pickguard on it.

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I've had the same problem with my J-200 Limited Edition VOS (purchased 10/08). Didn't know this was a common problem. I had a '93 J-200, played nearly daily that was embossed and painted, but held up well with only minor wear. Within a week or two, the Limited Edition looked a lot more worn than my well played '93. Don't know whether I'd swap it out, because due to my playing style I get wear in only a small area. But still, on a guitar that was nearly $5k? Authenticity is appreciated to a point, but this is a little disappointing. Is it difficult to remove an old guard?

 

I bought a new custom shop Hummingbird 12-string about two weeks ago, and it has the new style pickguard with the imbedded design. I really like it, and it looks like it'll hold up well. (I haven't bought a new guitar in many years, so this is kind of out of the ordinary for me--two nice Gibsons within a few months. Funny thing is that I wasn't in the market, but just happened upon two that I couldn't live without...!)

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