Best Electric Guitar Pick Guards in 2020



Musiclily 3mm Electric Guitar Bass Pickguard Screws Pick Guards Scratch Plate Mounting Screws for Fender Strat ST Tele TL Stratocaster Telecaster Gibson LP Les Paul SG Guitar, Black (Pack of 50) Review:


Musiclily 3mm Guitar Pickguard Screws for Fender Strat ST Tele Guitar Bass Replacement, Black (Pack of 50)
Nicely finished fasteners intended for metric scale instruments i.e. imports. Replaced the old ones throughout on a Black on Black 2000ish Jackson Performer Series Dinky Electric Guitar. The new screws look great and the guitar restored.



Musiclily SSS 11 Hole Strat Electric Guitar Pickguard for Fender USA/Mexican Made Standard Stratocaster Squier Modern Style Guitar Parts,3Ply Black Review:


I build out Fender and Squier guitars, mostly Stratocasters, as a hobby. Usually I "rescue" abused and neglected instruments from pawn shops for cheap, then I rebuild them to specifications far beyond their original factory condition.

The pickguards on these guitars are usually damaged and have to be replaced... and that can get expensive, so I searched Chinese manufacturers on Amazon for a lower-priced source. Unfortunately, I learned through trial and error that most Chinese Strat pickguards are junk. They're thin, cheap feeling and often have non-standard hole placement.

The Musiclily pickguards are an entirely different story. I have purchased several of these Strat pickguards, both solid and pearl colors, and have been very pleased. First of all, the Musiclily pickguards are as good as (and occasionally better) than the original manufacturer's products. For example: The typical Squier solid color pickguard is 2.0mm thick and the Squier pearl pickguard is 2.3mm. The "standard" American and Mexican OEM pickguards are about 2.3mm thick and the pearls are about 2.45mm. The solid color Musiclily pickguards are 2.3mm and the pearls are 2.5mm.

The Musiclily pickguards are cleanly cut and beveled with no ragged edges. They are fully shielded, covering both the pickups and the controls. The solid color pickups are three layers (i.e. black/white/black) and the pearl and tortoise shells are four layers (white/black/white/pearl). They also come with two layers of protective plastic on top to prevent shop/installation damage.

My only complaint regarding this pickguard is that the user must cut out the parts of the aluminum shielding that cover the holes for the pots and the switch. It is a hassle to trim these parts with a hobby knife, but the price differential more than compensates for the inconvenience.

I have tested the Musiclily Strat pickguards and found that they are fully compatible with American and Mexican Stratocasters, as well as many Squier models. I have placed them on the following guitars without having to drill or modify in any way: Fender American Standard, Fender Mexican Standard, Chinese Squier SE and a vintage Japanese model. It will NOT fit on a Korean Strat or a few other Squier models.

See the attached photos of a my "All Musiclily" Chinese Squier Stratocaster SE with a Musiclily tortoise shell pickguard with Musiclily Railblaster pickups, 250k pots, five-way switch, locking tuners and Strat knobs. It plays great and only cost me about $110, including the purchase of the guitar at the pawn shop and all the Musiclily components.



Musiclily 3mm Electric Guitar Pickguard Backplates Tremolo Cover Mounting Screws for Fender Strat Tele Stratocaster telecaster Gibson Les Paul LP Guitar Bass, Chrome(Pack of 50) Review:


Musiclily 3mm Guitar Pickguard Screws for Fender Strat ST Tele Guitar Bass Replacement, Black (Pack of 50)
Nicely finished fasteners intended for metric scale instruments i.e. imports. Replaced the old ones throughout on a Black on Black 2000ish Jackson Performer Series Dinky Electric Guitar. The new screws look great and the guitar restored.



Fender Electric Guitar Pickguard Review:


One of the best things about Fender Stratocasters is how easy they are to modify and make your own. One of the easiest places to start is with the pickguard. I got this mint green one to put on an Olympic white American standard model and I'm very pleased with the way it looks. I also got an aged white accessories kit to use with it which gives it a real vintage look. If you want to save a few bucks, you can just soak the knobs, pickup covers, etc in coffee and it'll age them up real nice as well. Adding these to my guitar make it look similar to the '62 Vintage Hot Rod model but with the modern niceties such as the 2 point tremolo, 22 frets and easy truss rod access. The nice thing about buying from Amazon is that it saved me some money as this goes for $40 at Guitar Center.



Musiclily SSS 11 Hole Guitar Stratocaster Pickguard and Backplate Set for USA/Mexican Fender American Standard Strat Modern Style Parts,4Ply Tortoise Shell Review:


I ordered this for my black '97 Made in Mexico Squier Stratocaster... I recently found out that in '97, Squier used Fender bodies and necks (so THAT'S why everyone always goes on and on about how my Squier "feels and plays JUST like a Fender!") so this pickguard dropped right in... All the screw holes matched perfectly... I first heard about Musiclily pickguards from a video on YouTube entitled "Don't Pay $$$ For Plastic From Fender"... There really isn't a reason to pay well over twice as much for an "officially licensed" pickguard from Fender, when these Musiclilly pickguards are just as good (in my opinion, I mean, it really just is some plastic cellulose) and available in MORE colors and styles through Musiclilly... You could even order them through Musiclilly's website, but I'm an Amazon guy... Gotta love Prime and their free shipping! My black Stratocaster originally had a white pickguard (boring and pedestrian, in my opinion) so I replaced it with this Tortoise Shell colored pickguard and left the naturally aged white pickup covers and knobs... It looks GREAT... WAY better... I'll be ordering more of these guards for sure... It even came with a tremelo cavity cover... GREAT value!



Fender Pickgrd American Standard Tele Blk (Bwb) Review:


How Fender, or any guitar company, gets away with charging so much for a piece of plastic is beyond me. But at almost half retail price on amazon. I am pretty happy. Its a real Fender product, arrived in retail packaging.

Kinda irrelevant but it may help someone. I got this for a non-fender custom telecaster. It is a Logan custom tele to be exact. Well, Logan puts Allparts pickguards on his guitars. So to be sure this would fit I took my Allparts pickguard to the local music shop and lined it up with a fender pickguard to make sure the holes lined up. Well, the holes lined up and all looked good so I came home and ordered this fender pickguard. When the pickguard arrived I immediately installed it and found out that the (little half-circle shaped cutout that goes around the chrome control plate on a tele) was slightly off by a few millimeters and would not fit. After some filing and sanding I got it on there.

Moral of the story, if you are replacing a Fender pickguard, then buy a Fender pickguard. If your replacing an Allparts pickguard, then yes you guessed it, buy an Allparts pickguard.



Musiclily SSS 11 Holes Strat Electric Guitar Pickguard and BackPlate Set for Fender USA/Mexican Made Standard Stratocaster Modern Style Guitar Parts,3Ply Black Review:


I ordered this for my black '97 Made in Mexico Squier Stratocaster... I recently found out that in '97, Squier used Fender bodies and necks (so THAT'S why everyone always goes on and on about how my Squier "feels and plays JUST like a Fender!") so this pickguard dropped right in... All the screw holes matched perfectly... I first heard about Musiclily pickguards from a video on YouTube entitled "Don't Pay $$$ For Plastic From Fender"... There really isn't a reason to pay well over twice as much for an "officially licensed" pickguard from Fender, when these Musiclilly pickguards are just as good (in my opinion, I mean, it really just is some plastic cellulose) and available in MORE colors and styles through Musiclilly... You could even order them through Musiclilly's website, but I'm an Amazon guy... Gotta love Prime and their free shipping! My black Stratocaster originally had a white pickguard (boring and pedestrian, in my opinion) so I replaced it with this Tortoise Shell colored pickguard and left the naturally aged white pickup covers and knobs... It looks GREAT... WAY better... I'll be ordering more of these guards for sure... It even came with a tremelo cavity cover... GREAT value!



LYWS Prewired Loaded Pickguard HSH Pickup Guard Plate for Fender Strat Stratocaster ST Electric Guitar Review:


Been wanting to upgrade my red Fender Stratocaster guitar for a while now... I finally got it done. First picture is before(plain white pick guard), the second is of the upgraded version. I ordered this pick guard for the electrical parts, not liking the pick guard looks. Now after putting it all together, I think it looks ok. What do you folks think? I added another switch to it to get a Tele sound. I had to rout out the body in order to fit the second HB pick up in there and as long as I was doing that, I also shielded the entire cavity. So now both the HB pick ups can do HB serial, HB parallel or single coil and I can add the bride to 3 & 4 positions of the 5 way switch, giving me a huge selection of sound options... Over kill, maybe, but I think it sounds great!
This thing looks way better in person, I may just have to order another one, for my next project & I do recommend!
I also added a quick connect (Deans) plug so I can now swap out the pick guard to the original one or any future ones without having to solder any wires...(plug & play) Just remove the neck, remove the current pick guard, then replace with the desired pick guard and replace the neck. All without removing the strings(should loosen them first though).



Musiclily 11 Hole Loaded Strat Pickguard SSS Prewired Scratch Plate with Single Coil Pickups Set for Fender USA/Mexican Stratocaster ST Style Guitar Parts, 4Ply Tortoise Shell Review:


It's a nice pickguard, and the pickups are pretty good. They were a massive improvement over my previous pickups, a set of Dimarzio Area's. The Area's are stacked humbuckers voiced like a single coil... I like their lack of hum, but they were also lacking in crispness and clarity. In the end, I decided that tone was more important to me than fighting hum, and I'm very glad I switched to these. The hum isn't even that bad. And if I turn up the gain, I can switch to one of the hum canceling positions if need be.

If you're interested in jumping into the world of single coils, or already love single coils but aren't too picky about them, I'd definitely recommend these. They are a great "normal" set of pickups, not noticeably bright or dark. My only criticism, if I had to list one, is that there isn't really much info about the pickups. It's not like buying a Dimarzio or Seymour Duncan, where you can see the specs of a dozen pickups, compare them, and pick one that suits your taste.

Overall it's crazy how good the sound is for what you pay.