Custom Made Visual Pickguards by Didier Guyot-Viviane

Beyond the sound and usability, there is nothing that resembles more to a guitar than another guitar of the same series visually speaking. Many guitarists and bass players, openly or shamefully, personalize their instruments. Either they go for a drastic customization or discrete visual improvements… There are many possibilities for every taste, and any personality.

My friend Pentaminor recently introduced me to Didier Guyot Viviane, who is a furniture designer, but also is a graphic designer / guitarist for our matter of interest. A few years ago Didier had the idea to apply the photographic projection method that he uses on his furniture in order to make a custom pickguard for his Fender Stratocaster. After experimenting a lot, he ended up digging the formula to produce the best quality pickguards in terms of visual impact, strength and stability.

composition_pickguardsThe photographic projection method? Despite repeated assaults and torture when we met at the Starbuck Coffee at Pigalle (yeah, next to the Moulin Rouge), Didier did not reveal any making-of secret. Nevertheless, here is the key concept to understand: it is a photographic printing on a resin in which the image is included instead of photo paper. The process is interesting because it ensures the sustainability of the visual that is not only the surface of the pickguard, but melted into the mass of the resin. Believe you me, I saw some models that he made and the visual aspect is superb!

Above all Didier is an artist so he mainly produced ultra-limited series of models (mostly Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass and Precision Bass pickguards), but even more interesting Didier also works on unique designs demanded by his clients. The principle is simple and Didier offers several possibilities:

  • An image that you would like see on your guitar or bass pickguard? All you have to do is send him the image that he will edit for the best result on the pickguard.
  • You want to customize a pickguard but you don’t have any graphic designer skills? Didier can work this out for you to produce your unique pickguard. Believe me, his graphic creations are beautiful!
  • If your pickguard has an unusual shape or simply is a different model than those previously cited, well you will just have to send him the original pickguard to allow him to make an exact replica.

All the pickguards are ready for shielding and each copy is numbered and signed (on the back of the pickguard). The models from his catalog  cost 60 €. The unique pickguards made on demand cost 90 € , and a 2 weeks waiting to receive your custom pickguard.

Now the cool news of the day is that me and Didier we agreed to launch a giveaway with 2 pickguards to win on Muzicosphere:

  • One custom pickguard for guitar
  • One custom pickguard for bass

Later today Wednesday morning, I will publish 2 posts to explain how to participate and try to win one of these 2 custom pickguards made by Didier Guyot-Viviane.

Check out the pickguards website of Didier Guyot-Viviane if you want to see more of his creations.

Pickguards Composition

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Pickguards for Gretsch & Stratocaster guitars

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Pickguards for Jazz Bass et Precision Bass

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Pickguards for Stratocaster

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Pickguards for Stratocaster et Telecaster guitars

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About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.

15 comments

  1. Waw, ils sont sublimes !

  2. héhé j’en connais un qui va être parmi les premiers à jouer 🙂

  3. Ah ouais, y en a qui ont de la gueule ! C’est sûr que pour personnaliser sa gratte…Ca a l’air effectivement très bien fait ! J’aime beaucoup celles qui ont un rendu métal oxydé. Par contre, avoir Hendrix sur sa gratte, faut assurer après !

  4. Sympa comme tout ces pickguards !

  5. @vleb: Tout pareil… J’aime beaucoup les rendu metal oxydé qui ont une certaine classe. Je suis moins fan des visages connus mais après tout pourquoi pas, un hommage c’est toujours sympa.

    Et pour avoir eu en main le dernier pickguard telecaster avec le visage… Ce que je peux dire c’est que la photo ne montre pas une chose c’est son côté un peu “spooky”…

    Et je confirme la qualité des pickguards qui sont robustes et dont le rendu est excellent.

  6. Moi j’en ai un avec la tronche du Boss sur ma Telecaster Black et ça rend de folie!!!!

  7. Ah nan mais là c’est clair, j’suis tombé amoureux. ♥

  8. …. et une demoiselle graphiquement sympathique, c’est bien aussi (mieux en tout cas qu’un barbu mal rasé).
    hop, ze perche is lancée.
    ok, je sors (tout est private dans ce que je viens de dire et comme personne ne me comprends jamais, ca ne changera pas. je stoppe aussi le mode caliméro dans la foulée).

  9. hello
    Moi je serais intéressé de savoir la façon dont la pose est effectuée
    bon ok pour le secret de fabrication (version impression) mais comment est posé ensuite l’illustration afin de prendre les formes exact du pick….

  10. je vais faire un peu de pub autour de moi, c’est très sympa comme réalisations !

    en fait j’avais pensé à faire la même chose il y a quelques mois…
    sans trouver vraiment le procédé idéal….

  11. @Djouby: Pour répondre à ta question sur la découpe, a priori il s’agit de faire un moulage du pickguard.
    Le jeu est ensuite de faire tenir les illustrations dans les limites du pickguard mais ça ne doit pas être le plus compliqué à faire.

  12. En effet, je n’avais pas laissé de com 😉

    Un grave erreur enfin réparée !

  13. Beautiful pickguards.
    First English guy!!!

  14. I find it annoying that Didier is sailing on the idea of copying the greasy groove product line. Not very original at all.

  15. Hello,

    Le site ne répond plus… 🙁 Dommage, je cherchais un pickguard un peu original et ceux-là sont magnifiques !

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