Jump to content
Gibson Brands Forums
Sign in to follow this  
livemusic

Logo on pickguard or not?

Recommended Posts

When I bought my new black and white J45, I thought I was buying one that looked like this first pic (because that was what the promo showed) but when I got it, it has a Gibson logo on the pickguard like the second pic. My initial reaction was I don't like this logo on here. I liked (and anticipated) the simplicity of solid white on solid black. I was not even aware a logo was on any of them until I got mine. I read something indicating this logo is apropos for a 1960s type of reissue. The guitar is supposed to be built like a certain J45 in the 1960s. Anyway... hmmm... don't know what to do. Since I bought it based on a photo that has a pickguard with nothing on it, I wonder if the seller will send me a blank pickguard. What do you think about this logo being on there, like it or not? It proudly displays "Gibson" but it has red and gold and I am just not sure I like anything other than black/white. I dunno, it might grow on me; it's cool that "Gibson" is so viewable. (I didn't buy it from the seller that is the source of photo 2. I link it because the photo shows the guitar in the same position, horizontal, as photo 1.)

 

RS48EBN17_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

 

lg_e55c2d5deeeddea22cf95eb31d5faf4b.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The "boob" pickguard you got was(I believe) only used in about 1967. Others here may have more definitive info.

 

It is distinctive and classic, but not everyone likes it. Goes pretty well with the black/white theme, however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I recall several guitars at Fullers some years back advertised as 1968 Reissues in solid colors with the logo on the guard. If they had a left handed one I would have bought one of those......always did like that goofy pick guard logo!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a black J45 with the tortoise-shell pickguard, which I prefer. My suggestion would be to play the guitar for a while...if you end up really liking the guitar, but can't stand the pick guard, you might have it switched out. Personally, I wouldn't do anything right away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since you asked, I prefer the guard without the logo. By the way, does your guitar have the adjustable saddle as in pic one, or is it the conventional style as in pic 2?

 

Very, very, VERY cool looking guitar! Logo is a very minor issue. Maybe you could polish it off, if you don't like it?

 

Lars

 

Edit: nevermind, I just saw your other thread about adjusting the saddle [biggrin]

Edited by Lars68

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The "boob" pickguard you got was(I believe) only used in about 1967. Others here may have more definitive info.

Everything I've ever run across that I would trust indicates 1968 for the introduction of the logo pickguard. Gruhn says "late 1968."

 

As for logo or no logo, I'm not a fan of white pickguards in general, but imho, on this guitar the logo adds a nice touch and makes it more appealing overall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Everything I've ever run across that I would trust indicates 1968 for the introduction of the logo pickguard. Gruhn says "late 1968."

 

There apparently was a lot of transition in 1968. That's also the year they did the screwed-on pickguard. When my '48-'50 J-45 came back from Gibson after its "repair" in August of 1968, it had a new top with a cherryburst finish, an adj bridge/saddle (rosewood), a thick red screwed-on batwing pickguard (no boob logo), and a slimmed-down neck.

 

In other words, it pretty much personified the mid-1968 J-45 aesthetic.

Edited by j45nick

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, pro-boob here. I was noticing that the incoming Tuxedo J-45 linked to coming to MR Gibbs in his "Awaiting it's Player" thread did not show the logo on the 'guard, but was mentioned in the listing at AMS: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/145371-another-one-is-waiting-its-player/page__view__findpost__p__1970120.

 

'Can't find the official name for the pickguard, but I recall it meaning to be a graphic referring to audio and/or recording, a sonogram, or somesuch.

 

Btw- originals are quite sought after, and a little online searching suggests that even highly faded ones are still valuable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hated the look when it first came out, but at this time couldn't care less. Maybe less picky with age or have just grown used to the idea over time. Anyhow, I'd leave it alone if the guitar made me happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

. . . Wow, a bit much, Angel.

 

 

 

As far as the official term for the pickguard's name, I think Gary of Gary's had it right in this listing, https://www.garysguitars.com/catalog/1968-gibson-j-45-adj-0, calling it the "Sonic" pickguard, but can't find anything else mentioning it.

 

Lush photos, by the way, Gare:

 

ph8vzTv.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...