Post by Cardinal2B on Sept 7, 2020 19:45:00 GMT -5
So, I have a 2001 Seagull S6+ Folk. I tend to tap my fingernails on the top when I play, so would really like to put a pickguard on this guitar. It did not ever come with one (up to 2006) according to Seagull - I asked. After 2006, the pickguards are not of the same radius, they don’t fit - again per Seagull, I asked.
So here’s a pic of a Seagull S6 Dreadnaught pickguard from the pre-2006 era sitting on the top of my guitar. You can see the radius fits the soundhole rosette nicely. It’s a bit wide. However, the pickguard otherwise is of the distinct Seagull style.
NOTE - you may have to tap on the photo image to see the whole pick guard instead of just a thumbnail (I do on my iPad)
What would you recommend here in order to have a pickguard? Put a dreadnaught one on there, and live with the width, or Shave down the dreadnaught one on the bout side to make it narrower, or Something else? What?
There’s no wrong answers here, I am looking for ideas.
Last Edit: Sept 7, 2020 19:46:47 GMT -5 by Cardinal2B
I have added a couple of pick guards to instruments and in both cases I did what seagullplayer suggested with a paper template. The first was an old tenor guitar that was my son Clay's first guitar. When he was 4 or 5 he wanted the pick guard to "make it a Martin". In that case I bought a piece of material from a luthier and cut it out. I used very fine emery paper to smooth the edges. Since this was about 4 decades ago, I don't recall what kind of glue I used, but it's still on there.
My wife gave me an octave mandolin in the eighties and when it started to get fingernail scratches, I decided to add a pick guard. This time I found a Martin style stick on guard that was big enough to cover the scratches. I had to modify it to fit the mando and I polished the cut edges with the fine emery paper again, I was pleased with the results.
I would use the guard you have and modify it to suit your tastes. Try a few paper template ideas and don't rush. Have you thought about the clear pick guard material?
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Yes agree with what has already been said. But another option maybe, a clear thin flexible plastic pick guard that used to be quite popular, and can be removerd easy without with out damage to the guitar.
My 2016 seagull cedar folk does not have a guard, Would the sound change with a guard? I was looking at Godin site they have a bunch of pick guards for sale. I found a removable one I was thinking about may be able to put it on for strumming and off for fingerpicking.