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will
Posted 2012-02-27 11:16 PM (#451118)
Subject: Pick guard on a U.K.II


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Hello all. I have a 1980 brown burst U.K.II that came without the pick guard and I am thinking of adding one. Anyone know where I can get one?
Thanks, Will.
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Damon67
Posted 2012-02-28 12:13 AM (#451120 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II



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I don't, but I bet one could be made. Are you sure yours was supposed to have a pick guard? They only came on the early ones.



Edited by damon67 2012-02-28 12:15 AM
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will
Posted 2012-02-28 6:02 PM (#451147 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II


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Hi Damon67. Your right I could have it made. Also mine is one of the later ones and was not shipped with a pick guard I just like the look of it. By the way I finally got a chance to take some guitar polish to it and man did it ever come out nice. All the best, Will.
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kitmann
Posted 2012-03-07 7:51 AM (#451541 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II



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Damon, my UKll is white with out the pick guard, do you by chance know why they decided to remove the pick guard from later models. Personally I would not want one, I was just wondering.
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kitmann
Posted 2012-03-07 7:55 AM (#451542 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: RE: Pick guard on a U.K.II



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Damon67
Posted 2012-03-07 9:21 AM (#451546 - in reply to #451541)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II



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kitmann - 2012-03-07 5:51 AM Damon, my UKll is white with out the pick guard, do you by chance know why they decided to remove the pick guard from later models. Personally I would not want one, I was just wondering.

I don't know the specific date, maybe Mr. O does. They went out with the bowtie inlays. When I first got my UKII, I saw a couple pictures in the older ads and thought I wanted one too, but that went away quickly.

I like them better without.

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ProfessorBB
Posted 2012-03-07 10:13 AM (#451549 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II



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I think it depends on the finish and how the guitar is used. I have an early bowtie model in the subtle sunburst brown tobacco finish with a pickguard. I think looks o.k. with it. On the Koa topped VXT, I wouldn't even consider it (not that they even make a pickguard for the VXT). Prettier finishes need to be seen unless you typically strum hard with abrasive picks or nails. Then the pickguard serves a genuine protective purpose. I don't consider myself to be a hard strummer, but all of my pickguards have obvious pick marks, so they're serving their purpose.
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Mr. Ovation
Posted 2012-03-07 11:19 AM (#451552 - in reply to #451118)
Subject: Re: Pick guard on a U.K.II


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I seem to recall Beal mentioning people were just taking them off anyway. They are an extra expense to put to on. Some of the early post-pickguard models, if you look closely, still have the starter hole in the finish where the pickguard would mount. It's very tiny, but I have seen in on several that obviously never had a pickguard.
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