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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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$37.87

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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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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
  • 3.97 average rating from 31 reviews
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5.0

Perfect fit for American Professional 2 Telecaster

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Verified Buyer


The 5 screw holes lined up perfectly. I had to loosen the screws on my control plate while positioning the guard. All I needed to do was drill 2 holes for the pickup adjustment screws. I’m loving how it turned out!

5.0

Completes the look.

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Verified Buyer


I had read previous reviews about some of the issues people were having with these pickguards, so I knew what to expect when I got mine. I filled in the screw holes and re-drilled them, no problem . As far as the radius around the control plate I measured the width of the plate, which was 1 and a quarter inches. I just happened to have a dowel that size, so I wrapped a piece of 100 grit sandpaper around the dowel and worked slowly and kept checking my progress until I had a perfect fit. If anyone is interested in one of these pickguards don't hesitate to buy it, they look great and with a little effort fit perfectly.

4.0

Early telecasters

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Verified Buyer


Wanted to keep my build as vintage as possible.

2.0

Poor fit

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Verified Buyer


Great material, but otherwise a very poor fit around the control plate of a 52 AVRI tele body.

4.0

For Squier Esquire CV ‘50s

By

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.

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