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Pickguard for Gretsch G5123B?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mannyk, Dec 20, 2013.


  1. mannyk

    mannyk

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    Im curious if there are any pickguards that would fit on the G5123B bass guitar, since it doesn't come with one. Would a pickguard from a Broadkaster Bass fit? I love the look of a Gretsch with a 'guard on it!
     
  2. mannyk

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  4. ih8law

    ih8law Supporting Member

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    The Broadkaster's pickguard is shaped so that there is about 80 millimeters of space between the pickups. The G5123B has pickups that are about 90 millimeters apart. You could use a Broadkaster pickguard, but there would be about a 1 centimeter gap between the pickup and the cutout on the pickguard.

    Gretsch does not make a pickguard designed for the G5123B. You can make your own as I did (check out the second link in the post above), or have one made for you. I used the pickguard from a G5120 guitar as a template, and simply modified the template to accomodate the G5123B's unique string spacing:

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  6. mannyk

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    Thank you guys! I am going to attempt to make my own. May i ask what material you used for the pickguard,ih8law?
     
  7. mannyk

    mannyk

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    Oh! How did you attach it?
     
  8. ih8law

    ih8law Supporting Member

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    I went to Auto Zone one day and saw this mirrored vinyl material that is intended for use as a temporary fix for a broken side mirror. It is basically a square of vinyl that can be cut with heavy duty scissors. It's cheap and does the job.

    The pickguard attaches with a bracket you can pick up on eBay for about $10. Just in case you were confused by the picture above, it was taken before I installed the bracket.
     
  9. mannyk

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    Thank You! did you need to make any holes in the bass?
    Sorry for all the questions!
     
  10. ih8law

    ih8law Supporting Member

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    Yes. The bracket has to be screwed into the body.
     
  11. mannyk

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    Ok! thank you very much for all of the information!
     

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