How to Customize Your Own Pickguard

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How to Customize Your Own Pickguard
The pickguard of your guitar can be customised in many ways. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A pickguard is an accessory on a guitar, typically made of plastic, that lies over a portion of the face of the guitar, and is designed to absorb some of the abuse that a guitar's body takes from aggressive picking of the strings with a plastic pick. A pickguard can be customised professionally with a specific design or texture - many companies offer customised pickguards. Or, you can customise it yourself with markers, stickers, paint, or dye.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Send it away to a professional to be customised. There are companies that sell and customise pickguards (see Resources). Inquire about them doing the same to your pickguard, if you send it to them. They will tell you what you have to choose from as far as designs and textures go.

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    Add artwork yourself. You can put stickers on the pickguard. You can draw on it with permanent markers. You can have an artistic friend of yours paint something on it. A pickguard is a piece of plastic that can function as a canvas for your ideas.

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    Dye or paint the pickguard. RIT dye is the best dye to use for this purpose. Choose a colour, and then follow the instructions to dye the pickguard. Or, buy spray paint or latex house paint to hand-paint the pickguard yourself. These are the best options if you wish to alter the entire colouring of the pickguard.

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