Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

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The real deal. Retro appeal! Fender used Bakelite® on the Tele® and Esquire® guitars from 1950 to '54.

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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire With neck pickup rout for Telecaster

With neck pickup rout for Telecaster

Item # 0059
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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire With no pickup rout for Esquire

With no pickup rout for Esquire

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The real deal. Retro appeal! Fender used Bakelite® on the Tele® and Esquire® guitars from 1950 to '54.

Go all out with your retrofit—use genuine Bakelite on your old (or new) Tele!

0.084" (2.13mm) thick with 5 mounting holes. Single ply, squared edge, and unshielded—just like the originals. Pickguard screws sold separately.

Collector trivia: Bakelite was developed in 1905 by Leo Baekeland, who had set out to find an alternative to shellac. In 1993 it was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society in recognition of its significance as the world's first synthetic plastic.

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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

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Nice look and feel

By paul sticca from Ludlow, MA 
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 07, 2014

Works really well with my barncaster. Classic look and feel. Solid.

on a Squier 50s Classic Vibe Tele

By David from Oak Park, IL 
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just swapped the nasty plastic original. 3/5 screws aligned really well; 1 not some bad; and 1 not at all -- just drove the original wood screw straight into the soft pine with a screwdriver. Bakelite lies flat and has a nice sturdy feel; guitar has slightly more resonance, too!

Nice Piece of Kit!

By Gene S from Pasadena, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 27, 2014

I bought this to put on my new Squire CV 50's tele to make it into a blackguard Esquier... (spelling intentional!) Looks great and holes lined up great on mine! It's a bit shiny for me so I'll be working it a little bit to dull it up, otherwise it's great!

Bakelite Tele pickguard

By Stevie202 from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I bought a bakelite pick guard to replace the plastic one on my Fender AS Telecaster to solve static buildup and noise issues, which it does quite well. My only complaint is the the top 2 screw holes did not align correctly, so I had to try to get them aligned by widening the holes slightly.

bakelite pickguard

By abieber from arizona
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I bought three, each fit the tele just a little bit differently. I had to fine tune around the control plate.

Very nice!

By Telekato from Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 17, 2013

I learned that there are different 'types' of bakelite apparently. This one is a bit heavier and feels more like micarta (just feels that way ... I'm not saying that it is). But it fit dead-perfect on my Fender Tele and it lays really nice and flat, letting me go to a 5-screw mounting rather than 8 which fits better with the vintage look I wanted. I'll get another of these for an Esquire soon. What more can I say as endorsement?

Nice looking, fairly good fit...

By HRJ from Irmo SC
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 07, 2012

Looks very good and material is excellent, fit a little bit tight on a Vintage style Fender Custom Shop Tele, but servicable.

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