Pickguard for Gibson Historic or USA Les Paul • Absolute Vintage Collection • Cream
This is the most vintage-correct replacement pickguard for Gibson Les Pauls available today!
Over the past few months we've been working with Mark Bishop and Dave Johnson to create a perfect replica of the pickguard that was used on the iconic '59 Burst. We found that the the original '59 pickguard is much different from the HIstoric reissues. The real guards are smaller, more narrow along the outer wing and the edges have visible chatter marks left by the router that was used to cut them. They have larger countersinks which causes the screws to be recessed in the material. There's a very noticeable gap at the neck pickup ring and the radius of the corners is more open, so the pickguard has a loose fit all the way around. Dave made a template that is identical to the 1959 original, then incorporated current pickup spacing and screw hole positions.
These are handcrafted in our shop from the correct .09 sheet material in a beautiful shade of cream. We cut them with a router, leaving the chatter marks along the edge, just like the originals. In the image gallery, we've included two photos of real 1959 Bursts so you can compare. We make them to fit Historic reissues made since 1999. In 2009 Gibson changed the pickup spacing and hole placement. Select the date range for your guitar from the options at the top of this description.
Gibson has never made a vintage reissue pickguard that fits production USA Les Pauls. So we also make these guards for your Les Paul Standard, Traditional Classic, Signature T, Studio, or any other production USA Les Paul. If you own one of these models, select the "Gibson USA" option above.
Available in our LIX Patina lightly aged finish. LIX is the Roman numeral for 59. CreamTone aged parts have the look of well-worn pieces from that era.
Shades of cream may not display correctly on every computer monitor. The last photo in the image gallery above shows our cream next to Gibson USA and Gibson Historic plastics for your comparison.