Best Bass Guitar Pick Guards in 2020



Musiclily 12x17 Inch Blank Guitar Pickguard Material Scratch Plate for Fender Stratocaster Telecaster Guitar Bass Custom,3Ply Black Review:


Very high quality pickguard material at a great price. I make thinline partscasters and like to change the control positions from the "stock" location so I have to manufacture my own pickguards.

Short course:

Make a template. I use 1/4" MDF. Cut the pickguard blank a bit larger than the template. I use a scrollsaw with a spiral blade. Mount the blank to the template using double sided turners tape and press together. I use barbell weights for pressure and wait an hour before routing. I use a 1/4" Whiteside spiral flush trim bit on a router table to trim to size and a 45 degree bit to trim the edges at an angle. I use a plastic auto trim tool to separate the guard from the template. Helpful hint: lightly sand the sharpened edge before you slash yourself.



Musiclily 4Ply 12x17 Inch Uncut Guitar Body Blank Scratch Plate Pickguard Sheet DIY Guitar Bass Custom Material,Purple Pearl Review:


Very high quality pickguard material at a great price. I make thinline partscasters and like to change the control positions from the "stock" location so I have to manufacture my own pickguards.

Short course:

Make a template. I use 1/4" MDF. Cut the pickguard blank a bit larger than the template. I use a scrollsaw with a spiral blade. Mount the blank to the template using double sided turners tape and press together. I use barbell weights for pressure and wait an hour before routing. I use a 1/4" Whiteside spiral flush trim bit on a router table to trim to size and a 45 degree bit to trim the edges at an angle. I use a plastic auto trim tool to separate the guard from the template. Helpful hint: lightly sand the sharpened edge before you slash yourself.



Musiclily Pro 10 Hole Jazz Bass Pickguard J Bass Scratch Plate for 4 String Jazz Bass Modern Style,3Ply Cream Review:


Decent product , changed the vibe on my bass .. had to do some surgery to get it to fit , partly because it’s a 5 string bass not a 4 .. helps if you have some good files or a dremel tool .. I laid the original on top of the new one (the back is white) took a sharpie and marked out the parts that needed trimming, took a few mins but it fits and looks fine now . Got a matte black one to go with the tortoise shell so I’ll have to do the same thing with it . All in all it’s a good product for the $$ and the little bit of work makes the savings still worth it .. I’ll buy more probably



KAISH Jazz Bass J Bass Pickguard fits USA/Mexican 4 String Fender Jazz Bass Black 3 Ply Review:


Ok, I was a little skeptical about this tortoise shell pickguard. So for 9.99 I'd figure I'd give it a shot instead of paying 40-60 dollars for a real tortoise shell pickguard. No, it's not a real tortoise shell pickguard, but you tell me if you can tell that's it not from the pic. It looks really good and I was pleasantly surprised when I put this on my new Jazz Bass build. Now keep in mind that this was a build and I didn't have any pre-drilled holes that needed to match up. I cannot say that the holes will line up with a jazz bass that already has a pickguard on it, but for 10 bucks it's worth a shot. The bottom line is it's a nice quality pickguard that I would recommend.



Musiclily P Bass Pickguard Scratch Plate Pick Guards for PB Precision Bass Guitar, 4Ply Pearl Parchment Review:


I bought the tortoise shell pickguard for my 2018 Fender MIM 50's precision bass. My bass came with a 10 hole gold anodized aluminum pickguard rather than the typical 13 hole plastic pickguard so it was a bit of a gamble whether it would fit or not. The fit was good with a couple of exceptions: In order to have all the screw holes filled, three holes will need to be drilled in my bass- I expected that. Also, there is one hole where the edge of the control cavity is right in the middle of the screw hole - not enough "meat" for the screw to hold on to. I'm guessing this is because the cavity is cut slightly different and the stock pickguard does not have a screw hole in this location. The concencus is that this will fit a standard precision bass fine, but note that if you have a something other than a 13 hole standard precision bass, you may have minor issues with screw locations, easily remedied by drilling a few pilot holes. As far as overall quality goes, I have no complaints. The cut is accurate and smooth, it's surprisingly thick and heavy, and it's very nice and flat. Here's the big issue and the only reason I didn't give the pickguard five stars: the tortoise shell is not the same faux tortoise shell you'd find on a genuine Fender product. As other reviewers have stated, it's just printed on. I don't see any pixellation, but the image is dull and flat and lacks the depth of a "real" faux tortoise shell. If I had known it looked like this before I bought it, I would have ordered the solid black. In fact, I'll be ordering the solid black, but until it arrives, this is good enough to stay on my bass.

TLDR: Quality is good especially considering the price, but stick to the solid colors and stay away from the tortoise shell ones.



Musiclily P Bass Pickguard Precision Bass Pick Guards for 4 String American/Mexican Precision Bass Guitar, 4Ply Purple Pearl Review:


I bought the tortoise shell pickguard for my 2018 Fender MIM 50's precision bass. My bass came with a 10 hole gold anodized aluminum pickguard rather than the typical 13 hole plastic pickguard so it was a bit of a gamble whether it would fit or not. The fit was good with a couple of exceptions: In order to have all the screw holes filled, three holes will need to be drilled in my bass- I expected that. Also, there is one hole where the edge of the control cavity is right in the middle of the screw hole - not enough "meat" for the screw to hold on to. I'm guessing this is because the cavity is cut slightly different and the stock pickguard does not have a screw hole in this location. The concencus is that this will fit a standard precision bass fine, but note that if you have a something other than a 13 hole standard precision bass, you may have minor issues with screw locations, easily remedied by drilling a few pilot holes. As far as overall quality goes, I have no complaints. The cut is accurate and smooth, it's surprisingly thick and heavy, and it's very nice and flat. Here's the big issue and the only reason I didn't give the pickguard five stars: the tortoise shell is not the same faux tortoise shell you'd find on a genuine Fender product. As other reviewers have stated, it's just printed on. I don't see any pixellation, but the image is dull and flat and lacks the depth of a "real" faux tortoise shell. If I had known it looked like this before I bought it, I would have ordered the solid black. In fact, I'll be ordering the solid black, but until it arrives, this is good enough to stay on my bass.

TLDR: Quality is good especially considering the price, but stick to the solid colors and stay away from the tortoise shell ones.



Musiclily 13 Hole P Bass Precision Bass Pickguard Scratch Plate Pick Guards for 4 String Fender American/Mexican Standard Precision Bass Guitar, 4Ply White Pearl Review:


I bought the tortoise shell pickguard for my 2018 Fender MIM 50's precision bass. My bass came with a 10 hole gold anodized aluminum pickguard rather than the typical 13 hole plastic pickguard so it was a bit of a gamble whether it would fit or not. The fit was good with a couple of exceptions: In order to have all the screw holes filled, three holes will need to be drilled in my bass- I expected that. Also, there is one hole where the edge of the control cavity is right in the middle of the screw hole - not enough "meat" for the screw to hold on to. I'm guessing this is because the cavity is cut slightly different and the stock pickguard does not have a screw hole in this location. The concencus is that this will fit a standard precision bass fine, but note that if you have a something other than a 13 hole standard precision bass, you may have minor issues with screw locations, easily remedied by drilling a few pilot holes. As far as overall quality goes, I have no complaints. The cut is accurate and smooth, it's surprisingly thick and heavy, and it's very nice and flat. Here's the big issue and the only reason I didn't give the pickguard five stars: the tortoise shell is not the same faux tortoise shell you'd find on a genuine Fender product. As other reviewers have stated, it's just printed on. I don't see any pixellation, but the image is dull and flat and lacks the depth of a "real" faux tortoise shell. If I had known it looked like this before I bought it, I would have ordered the solid black. In fact, I'll be ordering the solid black, but until it arrives, this is good enough to stay on my bass.

TLDR: Quality is good especially considering the price, but stick to the solid colors and stay away from the tortoise shell ones.



Musiclily 13 Holes P Bass Pickguard Sratch Plate Pick Guards for PB Precision Bass Guitar,4Ply Pearl Blue Review:


I bought the tortoise shell pickguard for my 2018 Fender MIM 50's precision bass. My bass came with a 10 hole gold anodized aluminum pickguard rather than the typical 13 hole plastic pickguard so it was a bit of a gamble whether it would fit or not. The fit was good with a couple of exceptions: In order to have all the screw holes filled, three holes will need to be drilled in my bass- I expected that. Also, there is one hole where the edge of the control cavity is right in the middle of the screw hole - not enough "meat" for the screw to hold on to. I'm guessing this is because the cavity is cut slightly different and the stock pickguard does not have a screw hole in this location. The concencus is that this will fit a standard precision bass fine, but note that if you have a something other than a 13 hole standard precision bass, you may have minor issues with screw locations, easily remedied by drilling a few pilot holes. As far as overall quality goes, I have no complaints. The cut is accurate and smooth, it's surprisingly thick and heavy, and it's very nice and flat. Here's the big issue and the only reason I didn't give the pickguard five stars: the tortoise shell is not the same faux tortoise shell you'd find on a genuine Fender product. As other reviewers have stated, it's just printed on. I don't see any pixellation, but the image is dull and flat and lacks the depth of a "real" faux tortoise shell. If I had known it looked like this before I bought it, I would have ordered the solid black. In fact, I'll be ordering the solid black, but until it arrives, this is good enough to stay on my bass.

TLDR: Quality is good especially considering the price, but stick to the solid colors and stay away from the tortoise shell ones.



Musiclily 9 Holes 4 String Bass Pickguard Plate for Music Man StingRay MM Style, 3Ply Mint Review:


This is probably about as good as you're going to get for a nine to ten dollar pickguard. The quality seems fine, all of the edges where cleanly cut and it was well protected with two layers of plastic film. It is a little more flexible or flimsy than say a WD or an oem pickguard but once it screwed down you'd never know it. I did need to very slightly trim the guard at the neck pocket. That took about two minutes and then everything including the screw holes lined up fine and the guard laid down nice and flat.

I've cut quite a few of my own pickguards over the years but when you can get one this inexpensively I just don't see the point anymore. This same style pickguard runs $30-40 elsewhere and I can tell you from experience there is not enough quality difference to justify that cost difference.