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Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard

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Musician's Gear3 Single-Coil Pickguard
 
4.3

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (19)
  • Functional (13)
  • Easy to use (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Deal!

The only strat part I needed to complete my project (Squier strat body) was a 3-Ply black pickguard. I checked everywhere online, and couldn't find one that was inexpensive (shipping usually...Read complete review

The only strat part I needed to complete my project (Squier strat body) was a 3-Ply black pickguard. I checked everywhere online, and couldn't find one that was inexpensive (shipping usually killed it). A few cheaper ones I found were sold and shipped directly from China and I didn't feel like waiting 10-15 days. I stumbled upon this and decided I had nothing to lose at the price (free shipping too).

The new pickguard had a tiny bit of a factory smear of some kind (about a 1/2" light hazing on the front) on it that wouldn't come off (not very noticeable), but my overall expectations were exceeded. The hole fit was spot on (not very common when changing out pickguards) with the exception of 1 hole, which was an easy adjustment to make.

There's no real discernible difference with this one vs. other more expensive branded ones to my eyes. If you need an inexpensive and good pickguard quick, look no further.
It's an aftermarket SSS pickguard for a strat, nothing more or less.
The quality is much better than what I expected for something so inexpensive. Mounting hole placement was a surprising 10 out of 11, pot holes are larger 3/8" (CTS pots, etc) as opposed to the smaller 1/4" holes most import pickguards come with (I usually need to drill them out myself to fit CTS pots).
Excellent value (especially with free shipping). Looks identical to the brand name ones that sell for 2-3 times the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BE WARNED...

Here's the problem. Everyone gets this pickguard, slaps it on and just marvels at how good/renewed/ampd it makes you axe look. BUT, if you wait a few months THEN you'll note...Read complete review

Here's the problem. Everyone gets this pickguard, slaps it on and just marvels at how good/renewed/ampd it makes you axe look. BUT, if you wait a few months THEN you'll note that these pickguards start to fade or yellow drastically. A year into buying and installing the white pearloid and a plain white pickguard I can tell you these have yellowed out beyond normal. Fine if your going for a vintage look, but in the case of the white pearloid guard, I expected and wanted it to retain it's initial luster for some time. Now it looks like "vanilla piss" pearloid.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Dougie

from Seattle

Pros

  • Aligned holes
  • Good Quality
  • Nice Fit/Finish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Replacement

    Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

    Original Squier Affinity pick guard was warped, had gaps between the body and guard. Item came in a well sealed package and guard had protective film. Installation was a piece of cake and fit and finish are perfect. All screw holes aligned perfectly. New guard lays flush with no gaps. Perfect fit around pups, neck and bridge. 3 ply with black layer adds a nice look to the guitar. Highly recommend.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    BE WARNED...

    By Indie Rockr

    from Monterey Bay

    Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

    Here's the problem. Everyone gets this pickguard, slaps it on and just marvels at how good/renewed/ampd it makes you axe look. BUT, if you wait a few months THEN you'll note that these pickguards start to fade or yellow drastically. A year into buying and installing the white pearloid and a plain white pickguard I can tell you these have yellowed out beyond normal. Fine if your going for a vintage look, but in the case of the white pearloid guard, I expected and wanted it to retain it's initial luster for some time. Now it looks like "vanilla piss" pearloid.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Deal!

    By J99730

    from USA

    Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

    The only strat part I needed to complete my project (Squier strat body) was a 3-Ply black pickguard. I checked everywhere online, and couldn't find one that was inexpensive (shipping usually killed it). A few cheaper ones I found were sold and shipped directly from China and I didn't feel like waiting 10-15 days. I stumbled upon this and decided I had nothing to lose at the price (free shipping too).

    The new pickguard had a tiny bit of a factory smear of some kind (about a 1/2" light hazing on the front) on it that wouldn't come off (not very noticeable), but my overall expectations were exceeded. The hole fit was spot on (not very common when changing out pickguards) with the exception of 1 hole, which was an easy adjustment to make.

    There's no real discernible difference with this one vs. other more expensive branded ones to my eyes. If you need an inexpensive and good pickguard quick, look no further.
    It's an aftermarket SSS pickguard for a strat, nothing more or less.
    The quality is much better than what I expected for something so inexpensive. Mounting hole placement was a surprising 10 out of 11, pot holes are larger 3/8" (CTS pots, etc) as opposed to the smaller 1/4" holes most import pickguards come with (I usually need to drill them out myself to fit CTS pots).
    Excellent value (especially with free shipping). Looks identical to the brand name ones that sell for 2-3 times the price.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Pretty solid for the price

    By Jonathan Silva

    from Winter Park, FL

    Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

    It looked just like the picture, it fit on my strat, the holes lined up, and now my guitar looks different. It did everything I had expected it to.
    I didn't expect much for the price, but it fit right on my MIM strat. I just wanted to change the look and with this thing the mission was accomplished.
    It was no worse than the original pickguard that came on my strat. 3 ply b/w/b.
    For the money you're not going to beat it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    looks great on a strat

    By B.L.

    from Huntington , WV

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • I had to drill the pot holes larger..no big deal

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

    looks great ,works well...highly recommend

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Really nice looking

    By Sparrowhawk

    from Galena, Illinois

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    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

      One day I went into a gig, and some teen said to me... "another strat?" IT was the classic black on white pick guard. That kind a bothered me. Is it so obvious? Yet, the kid asked me if he could try it out. (He was novice and was borrowing someone else's guitar. He didn't own a guitar of his won.) I showed the unique features that a strat had to offer and when he did by his guitar... it was a classic black and white. Eventually I got tired of the look and bought the black pearl, with black pick up cover and knobs. It gives it fancier look. Everyone I meet likes the combination. I play electric in church and though it is more excepted in modern church music, you still get those people who see an electric guitar and complain. Yet, pearl pick guard seems to be more acceptable for I don't get that many complaints. It's a good look for a toned down audience like church members who look for softer music, yet, can definitely stand up as hard axe... So, I would recommend it for the artistic look that it brings to your guitar, so you don't have to find a subdued looking guitar just for softer music, then take another out for harder rock...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice looking, hard to install

      By bc

      from Nashville, TN

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      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

      This pick guard looks great on my black strat, I replaced the factory white one. But, it was hard to install, pickups and the tone switch dropped into the body and it was hard to get screws back in.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just what I wanted.

      By lustrus1

      from Adams, Oregon

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Every Day Use
        • Practicing

        Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

        It was time to replace the switch and the neck pick up, so I decided to go from the white to the black. I had ordered a wired pickguard from another company (mistake) it was awful. I ordered this pickguard to put all the new electronics in and it fit perfectly. I have had this guitar near 18 years and play it daily. The black gave it a new look and I am very pleased with the quality of this item.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Skeptical at first, but.....

        By HTGUITARS

        from TENNESSEE

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Economical
        • Looks great

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            Read a lot of reviews about this arriving warped. However mine came in flat as a pancake. Holes lined up on my '96 MIM Standard Strat perfectly. Surprised to see that it is shielded on the back as well. Pearloid looks great. Good guard for the money!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A high quality Pickgaurd

            By Burnin' Ern

            from Yuma, AZ

            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            3-ply High Quality pickgaurd, for a low price. You could not ask for more.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Understand spacing and learn to adapt

            By Tod Moses

            from Barre, VT

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            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            These things are incredible for the money. You will notice a few disgruntled reviews based on fit issues. Not all "strats" are created equal. Domestic Fenders all have the same screw spacing, while import Fenders and knockoffs have another set of spacing. These gaurds are designed for imports. If the holes do not line up drill new ones. Some necks have that extra fret with an overhaning fretboard. This gaurd (and most others) will need to be adapted to fit. If you are not up to these challenges take your axe to a profesional. It is trickyer than it looks... sometimes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            RonVT

            By Ron VT

            from Goshen, KY

            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            I purchased the white pearloid, very pleased. The holes matched my Buddy Guy Strat perfectly, not warped, looks good, product compares well to Fender, but at a fraction of the price. Two thumbs up!!!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Do not get!

            By Mr.Davis

            from matthews, NC

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            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            This item is faulty, it does not fit and has too many screw holes. It ruined my Fender Strat and I am very displeased with this product.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Value

            By Pillar

            from Warsaw, VA

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            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            I used this pickguard to upgrade my 20th Anniversary Affinity Strat. I didn't expect the screw hole to line up when I ordered it and had planned on making that mod. It is warped when it arrives but straightens out great when you install it. The entire pickguard came shielded and not just the pot area. The pearloid looks great and you will be hard pressed to beat this price.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, works, but not great

            By Jag-53SbX

            from Santa Clara, CA

            Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

            I purchased the black pickguard. It looks great, however the 6 holes for the pickups were not big enough so I had to drill them out slightly bigger -the guard then went on just fine. This isn't a big deal if you have and know how to use a drill. I don't know if my strat model (American Deluxe) has a different size screw for the pickups or if this replacement pick guard was simply not manufactured correctly -so maybe my experience won't be an issue for other people. The holes match up about 98% perfectly -two or three are off just a hair, but you'd only notice it if you look REALLY close. The price is nice and cheap and the guard looks really nice -a lot better than the stock brown that came with my black Fender. I would have bought a Fender-made guard, but couldn't find one -too bad. But this one is working and looking great...after a little minor drilling on it. Another thing...my Fender is a brand new upper-end model and when I took off my stock pickguard I found loose pieces of solder, dust, and other debris in the body under the guard! That can't be good, floating around in there with the electronics. So look in there and clean out whatever loose debris you find.

             
            5.0

            Good and cheap, looks nice

            By Veeb

            from La Jolla, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Refurbishing

              Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

              Classy looking and fit the guitar perfectly

               
              4.0

              Replace original Strat pickguard

              By Pablo

              from Florida

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

                  I wanted a black pickguard on my new two tone Am Special Strat so I bought a black one of these. It looks good and does the job. I had to drill out (increase the diameter) of the holes for the pickup screws slightly and the pot holes were not wide enough for the original Fender pots. This replacement task takes some time and one should be mechanically inclined to attempt this change. And patient. Doing this is the perfect time to replace the strings and get them out of the way. I had to take off the neck because the pickguard was a little under the neck. So after I got the guard in place then I discover that dome of the holes needed enlargement. Drilling them out while in place is something done carefully with clothes under to protect. Looks good but I wonder did I really need a black one instead of the white one it came with?

                   
                  4.0

                  Return policy is pure garbage

                  By Zach

                  from Kansas City, KS

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

                      The pickguard itself is very nice. Isn't made for a Squier Strat but definitely improves the look.

                       
                      5.0

                      Dressed up an 80's Kramer Focus

                      By Bill

                      from Joliet, IL

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • many strat styles, requires buy to try fit.

                      Best Uses

                      • New build Replace worn damaged Cosmetic upgrade

                      Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

                      Added eye candy for old Kramer Focus 111S. Installed AXL, white perloid 4 ply, 11 hole pickguard to replace solid black factor guard. Only two holes were a perfect match, required several new screw holes. Profile was nearly perfect. Has had southern exposure to window for a couple of months and no sings of yellowing (yet) This came with one small scratch that I did not notice, before I pulled the plastic film. It was not worth my trouble to return. I know from past experience that MF would have been no trouble, if I had wanted a replacement.

                       
                      4.0

                      Seems Pretty Good

                      By BriGuy

                      from Caledonia, MI

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Musician's Gear 3 Single-Coil Pickguard:

                          I'm doing a Strat partscaster, and the body I purchased is NOT a Fender or Squier, so I didn't expect the holes to line up... and I was right. ;-)

                          Quality seems to be good, but this guitar will be my first Strat, so I just don't have any experience with Strat pickguards to which I can compare. That being said, it's 3-ply (I got the black), "feels" sturdy enough, and the reflective backing that goes over the control rout tests out to be nice and conductive on my multi-meter. I have no reason to believe that this is anything but a good quality piece of gear.

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