The mirror pickguard....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thrasher, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. hey everyone,
    just a quick question about mirror pickguards, ive been searchin the net for a mirror pickguard for my p bass and i found one at wd music and greasy groove. they are the same price pretty much but one says that it is acrylic and one doesnt say at all. i thought they were metal or are they just painted.... i want one like the steve harris precision and it looks like metal. :help:

  2. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass, the final frontier... Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    My mirror purchased from WD is acrylic:

  3. hmmm... i wonder what the harris pickguard is made out of. where could you get a metal one...????
  4. Baker69


    Mar 24, 2008
    I'm not saying a metal one is impossible but I would imagine it would have to be Acrylic.

    After all, the 'mirror' you see is merely a coating on the reverse side of the material, as is with glass mirrors. How they would do this effect on something like stainless steel or aluminum I don't know?
  5. b4nny


    Aug 24, 2008
    Bellevue, WA, USA
    I guess they would polish the metal very well.
  6. thats how mirrors were originally made after all
  7. Baker69


    Mar 24, 2008

    That would be something like Chrome then, not 'mirrored'???
  8. bhass


    Oct 21, 2008
    England, UK
    You can get gold anodised pickguards which are metal, so it's not impossible.
  9. dave_bass5


    May 28, 2004
    London, UK.
    I had a metal one on my JV Squier in the 80's. Still got it (not the bass unfortunately).
  10. hmm... well is plexiglass and acrylic the same thing???
  11. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    i got mine from sharp concepts as well as WD music and the former one looks better.
  12. A good question that I tried to find the answer to myself a little while back.

    Plexiglass is at least a type of acrylic. Some say they are the same thing, and that 'Plexiglass' is a brand name from a particular manufacturer. Some say that Plexiglass is tougher and more scratch resistant than regular acrylic.

    Who knows? :confused:

    These guys have some very pretty PGs, mirror, pearl, patterns, whatever. All are .125 plexiglass with polished edges.
  13. Baker69


    Mar 24, 2008

    Anodising is not the same as a mirror finish, shiny yes but mirror no.
  14. When I was young and foolish I painstakingly made one out of mirrored acrylic. After hours spent with fretsaw, drill and sandpaper I mounted the pickups, screwed it on...and immediately cracked the bugger as I tightened one of the last screws...:crying: I couldn't be bothered making a fresh one.

    If I ever had the urge to fit such a tasteless thing again I'd go down the polished stainless steel route, no question.

  15. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    get a clear pg and paint the back with chrome or silver spray paint. A mirror is just glass with silver painted on the back
  16. is it possible to polish acrylic edges???
  17. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    Is there a danger of the paint sticking to the body of the bass after the PG has been installed for al little while?
  18. has anyone ever bought from dazbootman pickguards on ebay?
  19. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Steve Harris's ones are not metal, I believe(I could be wrong though), and I'm certain Phil Lynotts ones were perspex/acrylic.

    Yes, you can polish them to glass level.