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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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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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2.0

Bakelite pickguard is not quite right

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Verified Buyer


As others have written, this Bakelite pickguard is not quite right. On the one I received, three of the mounting holes line up fine, but the two holes on the treble side don't line up. The cut out for the control plate is off too.

It's for my own MIM Tele so it's not bad enough to go to the hassle of sending it back. The older reviews here sound like the pickguard _used_ to fit better. StewMac really ought to talk to their supplier, provide them with the correct dimensions, and then inspect a few of the pickguards when they arrive.

3.0

Did Not Fit Baja Tele

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Verified Buyer


Bought this based on reviews saying it would fit a Fender Baja Tele with little modification. The pick-guard I received was not even close to fitting. Holes were misaligned, neck pickup was off, and control plate was off. I would have had to butcher it all up to make fit. It is a shame because the pick-guard material is the real deal and would have been a real upgrade to complete the vintage vibe of my Baja Tele. Who knows, another could have fit better but I'm moving on. The search continues..

Response from StewMac


We're sorry to hear the pickguard didn't fit your Baja Tele. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace or refund.

5.0

Great look and fit!

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Verified Buyer


I installed one of these on a a 2004 MIM Telecaster and it looks great! The screw holes lined up well enough to work. I had to loosen the panel nut on my tone pot temporarily to get the proper alignment between the guard and the control plate. I then tightened it back down with no issues. The only caution I would offer is the the pickup route is very precise. My Golden Age neck pickup fits very closely which is good but if the mounting screws are not exactly right the pickup will tend to lean a bit. I plugged and re-drilled mine to get proper alignment. There a small gap between the neck and the upper part of the guard. It is not big enough to bother me (barely noticeable actually) but some more picky types may not like it. All in all, this is a great cosmetic touch.

5.0

A great looking upgrade

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Verified Buyer


This is a classy replacement to the think black pickguard that came on my MIM Tele. A word of caution here: don't expect the drilled holes in your guitar to fit the holes of the pickguard. Some aligned, while others required that I fill the holes with plastic wood then carefully re-align and re-drill. I also had to re-position the switch mounting plate 1/16" or so in order to get all the routed cutouts of the guard align properly. Well worth the effort.

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

2.0

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.

5.0

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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Verified Buyer


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.

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