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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

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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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$29.95

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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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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

About This Item

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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5.0

Bakelite, the original plastic

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Verified Buyer


I build vintage Telecasters. This pickguard is just like the originals. Black with a slightly matt
finish. Looks great ! I must warn you that this type of material was decommissioned in the
early 1950s. This material is very brittle. That's why it was DCed. Do not flex it. Do not bump
it. It will crack! The newer vinyl plastics are almost indestructable with nornal use. They have a shinny surface and don't look vintage. That's the main reason I purchased it. This pickguard
looks perfect. Its the one for vintage type teles. Be careful with it. JW

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Bakelite Tele Guards are cut incorrectly

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Verified Buyer


Ordered one of these to complete my '52 Tele build. When attempting to mount it I found that the neck cut out is 2-1/4" wide rather than Fender spec 2-3/16". This leaves a 1/16" gap between the edge of the neck and the pickguard. Not a good look - looks sloppy. I notified StewMac of this problem and asked that they check the cut on their stock of this item to see if I had received a bad one. They replied back that their stock was measured and all were correctly cut to 2-3/16" neck width and that they would send me one of them to replace my first one. Second one was received and is cut exactly the same as the first one with a 2-14" neck width. See pic attached. So I will be returning both of the Bakelite guards to StewMac for a full refund.

5.0

I now have a Blackguard Esquire

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Verified Buyer


I know it's only cosmetic but replacing my '06 MIM Esquire's white pickguard with a black Bakelite guard was just the thing move it up a notch. Well, that and replacing the electricals with Emerson components. But... it's that black Bakelite pickguard that gets noticed first.

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Bakelite Pickguard on a MIM Baja Tele

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Verified Buyer


Ordered one of these for a Baja Tele. It came I tried to fit it, the cut and screw hole alignment was way off, and I thought there was too much sanding, cutting and filling to be done. I called customer service. StewMac has FANTASTIC customer service. They sent me a new pickguard, this one fit nearly perfect. The pickguard is an easy solution to the thin plastic thing fender puts on the MIM guitar.

5.0

It's the Real Deal

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Verified Buyer


Yes, it's expensive; but it's hard, stiff, thin and flat, looks authentic and sits flush with the control plate. I love it! If I could wish, it would be for a Nashville conversion, ready made, for us clumsy guys who would likely ruin at least 2 before we managed to get one right ! StewMac sells the right tools for that job, but it probably would not help me in the least.

2.0

Did Not Fit 2006 52' Reissue Telecaster

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Fair warning, this DOES NOT fit any 52 reissue tele as per Stew Mac. Kudos to them for helping me solve this problem, and while I don't like giving a bad review especially since their customer service was excellent, it's annoying that it does not state this anywhere to prevent making the purchase.

3.0

bought for my Fender telecaster

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Verified Buyer


5 hole pick guard for telecaster, 4 of the holes lined up but the fifth hole on the horn was missed drilled. a complete hole width off. When I compared yours with the original it was the same other than the miss drilled hole. I guess I expected a better quality from Stew Mac.

5.0

A great choice

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for a Fender Baja that was equipped with a flimsy, staticy plastic guard. A little finessing of the screws and a little scraping of the control plate cutout, and it went right in. A big plus is that when scratches show up, they don't add a whitish cast to the finish. I'm about to buy another.

5.0

Nice look and feel

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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

on a Squier 50s Classic Vibe Tele

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Verified Buyer


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!

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