Pickguards pull double duty on a guitar: protecting the body from the slings and arrows of repeated playing, and adding a completely unique visual aesthetic to the instrument. Able to completely alter the way a guitar looks, pickguards have become as iconic as the guitars they protect. From the stunning sheen of the anodized gold on a vintage Jazzmaster to the classic white on a goldtop to the tortoise-shell cool on an archtop, pickguards are a piece of art all their own.