Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Guitar Tanning!! Tan lines?? Get on your lotion!
Ever think about installing a new pick guard on that old acoustic guitar? Well, there are a few things you should know first. If you have a natural finished guitar or light colored tinted guitar then you might find upon removing your old pick guard that the color beneath the guard no longer matches the uncovered regions of the instrument. Indeed, beneath the bridge, tailpiece and other areas will be affected by light or lack of light in comparison to the exposed areas. About the only thing you can do is replace the pick guard with a larger pick guard to avoid showing an ugly tan line. I've had instruments that never were in the sun but they still had tan lines and short of becoming a vampire and burrowing deep into the earth never to return to the sun - Ya'll just have to deal with it. Or if you have endless supplies of cash, have the guitar refinished by the factory and/or risk devaluing the guitar.
So, bear in mind that if you choose to replace the pick guard, bridge (floating on a archtop) you will need to either go Super-size or deal with those ugly tan lines. However, I've seen some tan lines and I must say that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder ;)