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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2005, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

I have a RG570 in gun metal gray. I would like to put a pickguard on it, strictly for looks. I see that the RG770s did the same sort of thing. Rear routed with a pickguard.
Do you think adding the pickguard would change the sound of the guitar since the sound is bouncing off of pastic instead of wood?
I'm going to have to drill holes so there's no going back once I take the plunge. Thanks.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 06:23 AM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

My Alumina pickguard feels like it reconances the strings...
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 07:02 AM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

i honestly can't see anyone noticing a difference in that..

maybe the difference between rear and front routes but between rear route with or without pickguard?... seems like it'd be far fetched
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 07:37 AM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

go for it. It won't change the sound.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 07:56 AM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

I suspect that from the point of view of physics it will alter the sound, but not so that the human ear can detect!
If you want to test it, try sticking the pickguard on with a bit of tape first, before you drill holes.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 02:26 PM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

I've heard people say that the pickguard on their jem 10th annv. has produced a different sound then guitars with a non-aluminum pickguard.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 06:00 PM
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

Well if it's metal and fairly hefty it might. But I can't imagine a little sliver of plastic doing too much.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 09:04 PM
 
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Re: Maybe silly, but would a pickguard effect sound

Years ago I put one of those stupendously ugly brass Schecter scratchplates on my beater strat - the difference in sound was quite amazing, so, depending on the material of the plate, you may hear some change. I wouldn't think plastic would make a discernable difference in sound as the vast majority of interaction between the strings and body will take place at the bridge posts.
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