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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire

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

With neck pickup rout for Telecaster

Item # 0059
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$36.07

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Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire With no pickup rout for Esquire

With no pickup rout for Esquire

Item # 0058
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$36.07

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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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4.0
  • 3.96 average rating from 27 reviews
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4.0

For Squier Esquire CV ‘50s

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for my Squier Esquire classic vibe ‘50s, which came with a white pickguard. The finish was vintage white so the white on white was kind of boring. The Bakelite has a nice feel and luster to it and it makes the guitar look much better. HOWEVER I had to do minor surgery to get it to fit properly. I had to remove the control panel temporarily and screw some screws back in a little sideways; as it’s a Squier I wasn’t too worried about it and don’t have any desire to remove it. Once it’s on it’s great. Loses a star due to the off fit.

1.0

This Pickguard does not proper fit a Fender Telecaster

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for a Fender Baja Telecaster. It does not line up properly to the pre drilled holes and hangs over the Chrome control plate. Looks great in the picture but I ordered it and then read the reviews. Lots of the same reviews with the issues I just posted here. I found another one online for $7.99 and it fit perfectly.

Response from StewMac


Hi David,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the Bakelite Pickguard for Tele & Esquire did not work for you as expected. If any of our products fail to meet your expectations, you are welcome to send it back for a refund, exchange, or store credit. If you can, give us a call at 1-800-848-2273 so that we can further assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.

5.0

Perfect replacement

By

Verified Buyer


This guard fit my 50s Roadworn Telecaster perfectly. No modifications required , love the Bakelite finish.

3.0

Great material and finish, poor fit

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Verified Buyer


The fit issue described in the other reviews here seems to persist as of February 2019. I ordered this for my 50s Baja Tele. The control plate cutout and several holes are not aligned. Installation will require plugging and re-drilling.

4.0

It fit, kind of.

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Verified Buyer


I was hoping that this would be a direct swap onto my new American made fender ash tele. The original had a plastic black stock guard. It will fit, just with a little filing and two new holes drilled. I read the previous reviews thinking this would be resolved but no such luck. I like Stew Mac and love the service and product selection. But their vendor choice here is questionable. Still, once on it looks good and works fine.

3.0

Good, but could be better

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to use on a Fender AVRI '52 Tele body. The materials are good, and overall appearance of workmanship looks good, but not all holes lined up. I had to drill and plug most of the factory screw holes and then re-drill them to match the pickguard. Not a deal killer, but I prefer my pickguards to lay flat against the body so a little extra work was required.

4.0

Nash T-52 Pickguard replacement

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Verified Buyer


Replaced the warped plastic pickguard on my Nash T-52. The bakelite guard is quite a bit thicker and stiffer compared to the plastic guard. To get a proper fit for this guitar, I had to remove a millimeter or two of bakelite material with a round file and sand paper from the inside edge of the little half circle on the guard where it meets the control plate so that it wouldn't overlap. it also took a little coaxing to get the screw holes all lined up but it was do-able. It looks right and feels good. More importantly, the bakelite material seems to have cured the problem I was having this winter of static buildup producing an audible "crackle" while playing on the neck pickup with the original plastic guard.

5.0

Bakelite tele pick guard

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Verified Buyer


Bought an El Cheapo guard from a different vendor for a recent “52” build. It never looked right or fitted right. This Bakelite guard definitely gave my new guitar some real pop and the fit is perfect

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.

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