Fender Telecaster NEW '52 style black single-ply "BAKELITE"* pickguard, right handed as found on the very latest USA vintage reissues. Old five hole pattern. The edges of this latest version of this pickguard are not rounded; they are straight as depicted. These pickguards usually require some minor to moderate filin' and sandin' to fit many Teles, we warn ya'. Nicely polished finish; not lacquered 'n buffed like the real old ones and the reissues we've sold for decades. We've complained to Fender about these recent changes. Hopefully they will get back to making them like they used to. Brand New. Genuine Fender 0992019000. UPC 717669447038. Fits most vintage and modern Telecaster guitars. Photo may not depict current Fender packaging.
"BAKELITE" is the Union Carbide trademarked name for a phenolic "Resinoid varnish" impregnated paper fiber composite material, an early (and CHEAP...) form of plastic. This material was commonly used in the old days to make telephones, radio cases, bowling balls and many other consumer and industrial items, including guitar pickguards. Other manufacturers offered similar materials under other trade names. "Laminated products are fabricated from superimposed layers of paper, canvas, cotton duck, or asbestos fabric impregnated with BAKELITE resinoid varnishes and hardened by heat and pressure. Characterized by unusual strength resiliency and toughness. BAKELITE laminates possess high dielectric strength; are exceptionally resistant to heat, water, oil and most chemicals. Will not warp nor deteriorate with age. Can be machined, punched and polished. Produced in variety of sheets, tubes and rods. Extensively employed for radio and electrical insulation, instrument panels, etc." This quote reprinted from the 1941 Electrical Buyers Reference.