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When and why did laminated pickguards come along?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dave Campbell, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Dave Campbell

    Dave Campbell

    Jul 13, 2006
    I recently bought a Squier CV 50's SCPB, and it has the thick single ply white pickguard on it. First bass I've ever owned with one. But I got to thinking, it was probably early 60's after the gold anodized guards when the W/B/W guards showed up on the Fender basses. I just wonder why multi-ply... is it purely for aesthetic reasons or was there some advantage in constructing multi-ply guards? Are they stronger or more durable over time and perhaps less prone to warpage?
  2. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Like anything else, plys are lesser likely to warp.
  3. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Incredibly, the exact opposite is true unless the laminates are of identical material. :(

    Take a brand new, current Fender tortoiseshell pickguard and leave it in the bag hanging from its tag for a couple of years and it will look like a potato chip and the screw holes won't line up any more.

    The black and white layers shrink like crazy off the instrument. The tortoiseshell layer doesn't, so the whole thing curls up.
  4. Dave Campbell

    Dave Campbell

    Jul 13, 2006
    I think I'm more confused now :meh:
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Maybe it was less expensive and more available than solid tort.

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