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    Vintage M20 Pick Guard

    Hi friends.

    As a long time PG hater, I've begun little by little to focus in on the accumulating strum wear caused by the edge of my hand between 4 and 5 o'clock off the sound holes. I'm not one of those maniacal strummers that cuts a ditch with my pick, but nevertheless I'm rubbing off the protective lacquer layer and now considering collecting the period correct matches for my guitars. I've easily gotten all but the M20, and hope some of you have a good fabricator to hook me up with.

    Big thanks! Dave
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    I assume we are talking your 1957 M-20 ? The pickguard shape might have looked like this in 1957?



    This special shape would be not avaible as replacement today, you probably would have to cut it yourself from a sheet.

    Guild offers a M-20 pickguard which might or might not fit but it is the later style.

    https://shop.guildguitars.com/produc...ert-m-20-m-40/

    Ralf

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    Thanks Ralf. I saw this pic and figure that shape is candidate #1. There's another more teardrop shape that appeared early with a more rounded turn at the jag between the bridge and s'hole. I've asked Hans for input and conclusive correct shape. Talking to this maker in the meantime.

    https://quickguards.com/
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    '62 Martin 00018
    '31 Gibson L0
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    Quote Originally Posted by jedzep View Post
    Hi friends.

    As a long time PG hater, I've begun little by little to focus in on the accumulating strum wear caused by the edge of my hand between 4 and 5 o'clock off the sound holes. I'm not one of those maniacal strummers that cuts a ditch with my pick, but nevertheless I'm rubbing off the protective lacquer layer and now considering collecting the period correct matches for my guitars. I've easily gotten all but the M20, and hope some of you have a good fabricator to hook me up with.

    Big thanks! Dave
    If you repair the clear coat you could go with a maylar clear pick gaurd their tough, thin and hard to notice or should I say blends in well with the top.

    I'm all for them 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedzep View Post
    There's another more teardrop shape that appeared early with a more rounded turn at the jag between the bridge and s'hole.
    That's the mid 60ies stlye (3rd style already at that time):



    S/N 1098 for instance looked like this:




    It depends if your serial number is really 1957 or much later, as the M-20 serial numbers don't follow the Guild serial number system in the early years. Hans would know however so you are in good hands with him.

    Ralf
    Last edited by SFIV1967; 02-14-2019 at 10:44 PM.

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    Yep. Them's the ones. Pre-ghost label shows 5385 D. Earlier discussion is here. Extra soundhole ring is puzzling.

    Maybe because it's an early build, it seems to me a guard was never applied. There is not a hint of a shadow or outline, so I figure someone may have requested it be left off at the time of purchase. Who knows!

    http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...hlight=vintage
    Last edited by jedzep; 02-14-2019 at 11:05 PM.
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    '62 Martin 00018
    '31 Gibson L0
    '35 Gibson L00
    '49 Gibson J50

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    Ah I see, I miseed that thread end of last year. That's indeed an interesting one you got! Especially with that serial number and later M-20 (and M-30) got very different (lower) serial numbers.
    Ralf

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    my luthier traced and duplicaed an F-20 one from my guitar and nailed it. a member here w a 59 M-20 uses the same luthier. if his 59 matches your 57 i should be able to get u a clone in cooperstown without much trouble

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    i should be able to get u a clone in cooperstown without much trouble

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    Yeah, but I'm keeping the rookie card. How about a Ricky Henderson?
    I try to think but nuthin' happens.

    '63 F30
    '57 M20
    '62 Martin 00018
    '31 Gibson L0
    '35 Gibson L00
    '49 Gibson J50

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