Archtop Bound Pickguards

Sometimes nothing but the real deal will do

Traditionally crafted pickguards with real binding applied

We make customised pickguards and finger rests for any instrument, these completely hand-made bound pick guards are the real deal. Just the way they used to be made. Real layers of binding are carefully attached resulting in a pickguard that looks great from every angle

Any outline, pickup configuration, electronics mounting holes, support brackets or mitre joints can be catered for

Most often the centre is a special type of transparent tortoiseshell that lets light through which can be very hard to source these days. As it’s see through of course the paint job on the guitar influences the look. We can guarantee a fit to any guitar and please feel free to discuss custom materials or shades of tortoise shell!

Pick guard with binding

From £210

Talk to us today about your bound pickguard

Bound Pickguard

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making pickguard with binding

Making a Replica Bound Scratch Plate

This old one from an old Gibson ES355TD has started to degrade. The celluloid is slowly letting off gasses and starting to crack – it leaves a mist on the guitar’s finish whenever the owner opens the case!

old pickguard is cracked due to age

So let’s start making the new one

see through archtop scratcplate

We’ve have made the replacement pickguard, subtracting the thickness of the binding

old archtop pickguard damaged

We have made ourselves a special jig to help glue on the binding. The pickguard sits on a riser and the nails, when combined with wedges, supplies inward pressure to hold the layers of binding on.

how to apply binding to edge of pickguard

Now to put the binding layers in the right order

bound archtop pickguard

The small wedges we have made here supply pressure to the binding and make sure it sandwiches nicely and glues to the pickguard material

cream/black/cream/black/cream pickguard

Here’s the new one versus the old knackered one – got a long way to go still…

bound scratchplate

We have added the straight edge to the pickguard already – now we’re cutting the Mitre Joint using a very sharp chisel

cutting a mitre joint on the binding

Time to remove some of that excess binding… a Stanley blade that we have altered the blade edge on to be a scraper is a handy tool for sure

5 ply black and cream tortoiseshell finger rest

Here’s the pickguard now all the excess binding has been removed from each side of the new floating pickguard. That was quite a lot of work…!

shaving down binding for bound pickguard

Now we’re going to start bringing the new scratchplate to a high shine – first off sand with various grades of wet/dry paper.

The whole plate is flat sanded with 1200 grit paper and it’s ready for the buffer

replica epiphone casino pickguard

On the buffer!

Reprodution tortoiseshell scratchplate maufacture

This is always the “magic” stage that really brings out the high lustre shine!

high gloss Gibson ES335 pick guard
Celluloid Tortoiseshell finger rest
Bound Scratchplate

This is the real deal, made just how they were back in the day. 

Pick guard with binding

for an authentic pickguard, get in touch today

Xmas Cut Off Date

Just letting you know, for custom scratchplate jobs, they must arrive with us before 9th December for our last Xmas run.

The scratchplate elves need a break too!

Otherwise feel free to post in new-year cutting jobs :)