Pickguards can make or break the appearance of any guitar. Although a pickguard is essential to protect a guitar from constant abrasive strumming, many guitarists choose custom pick guards to add extra style or uniqueness to their instrument. There are several different pick guard types, but most of time designer try to match the design of headstock and pickguard.
Acoustic guitars are usually made from thin plastic and attached around the sound hole. The most important thing about acoustic guitar pickguards is the thickness, as a thick guard may dampen and reduce the quality of sound. As pick guards on acoustic guitars are often attached with adhesive, replacing them usually required an expert.
Fender style pickguards are fitted to guitars such as the Telecaster and others which replicate the same style. These guards are larger than other types, covering most of the top surface of the body. Gibson style pickguards are found on guitars such as the Les Paul, and are often elevated.
Pickguards can be made from a variety of different materials, including vinyl, PVC and acrylic glass. Celluloid was often used on vintage guitar pickguards.