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What pickguard material is the strongest?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by danielfnj96, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Ok so i'm getting a custom pickguard from pickguardian because the one on my peavey patriot broke. So this time i'd like to get a pickguard made of a stronger material, does anyone know what will hold up the best? I think that i can either get standard 3ply, acrylic, or nitrocellulose.
  2. Titanium would be very strong and light.
  3. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Diamond is pretty tough.
  4. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    how do you break a pickguard?
  5. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
  6. +1. Subbed.....
  7. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    It's pretty common on P basses. Step on your cable when it's not wrapped in your strap and BAM! It's broken around the jack.
  8. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    I have had a jack work loose on an old stratocaster, but never once a broken one
  9. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    Polycarbonate & copolyester have good "impact resistance" & can be used as pick guard material.... But they're relatively soft & scratch easily... Maybe a composite sheet would work best, polycarbonate bonded below a standard pick guard...
  10. Steveaux

    Steveaux Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Use a right angled cable end and any pg; solved. Straight ends are for Stratocaster angled jacks. Right angled are better for most other instrument outputs, imo, ymmv.
  12. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    How long have you had the bass?
    ...and why not just get another stock PG?
  13. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Ok so my bass came with 2 cracks in the pickguard and it turned out to have a crummy glue job holding it together because the part it around the jack fell off about a week later. Since its a peavey patriot i cannot buy a stock pickguard because they don't make them. Also i just checked and the only options i have are acrylic, the standard 3ply thats on almost all fenders, the 1ply like whats on a acoustic guitar, and whatever pearloid, tortoise shell, and abalone are made of.
  14. rgarcia26


    Jun 9, 2008
    Miami Florida
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Any metal should work fine.
  16. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Not mounted in the PG on a Strat.
  17. kesh


    Jul 9, 2012
    Brighton, England
    Mine is 3mm marine ply, sprayed black. It's not terribly strong, but I made it myself.
  18. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Run your cable through your strap. Even without a right-angle jack, this will severely lessen the chances of it happening again.
  19. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert

    To the OP: Why not anodized aluminum? If you are getting a PG made, you could get it anodized almost any color, and they are definitely hard to break.
    Just sayin'...

  20. +1
    That or aluminum

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