The Sixties- Big changes were afoot!
This is the pickguard we all normally associate with the Telecaster® - that standard design, lipstick in the neck, with height adjustment either side, and the rock solid eight hole mounting pattern. If you own a Tele®, chances are that this is the plate that matches up to your guitar.
Pickup wise this is very much the “standard”, so we’re routed out for that classic lipstick which is going to give
you that woolly warmth that you only get from a Telecaster®. In this day and age, when the Tele® is being used in a wide range of musical styles,
it’s always worth considering the lipstick as a viable pickup when considering any modifications to your guitar; a well-made lipstick is ideally suited to Jazz,
Blues, soul, R&B and country. Most people will agree, however, that it lacks a little bit of the body that’s achievable with a P90 or Humbucker, and its certainly
missing a little bit of that creaminess that a Stratocaster® offers with its open faced single coil.
The routing here is as standard, with everything following a similiar vein to the neck pickup. The bridge section is cut out to accept both Modern
and Vintage style Telecaster® bridges, and the control plate is cut out to 32mm, which will take a Fender® control plate, or the Axesrus® Control
plate with no problems. Shape wise, its business as usual – excluding some VERY early models in the 1950s, the Telecaster® hasn’t really changed its shape at all,
so the pickguards are interchangeable on nearly all models.