If you played your guitar more you'd know.
Speak through your fingers
:o I got rid of all my pickguards ...not
holding the guitar while you play it robs tone you know
I really would like to take mine up into space and play it without needing any undue vibration absorbing contact with it.
-Burny Randy Rhoads LP Custom- C5/59 Hybrid Bridge/Fernades Vh-1 PAF neck
-Epi Goldtop - Custom Shop Mike Ness p90's
-Epi Masterbilt AJ500R rosewood
-Fender Classic Player 60's strat CS 69'
-Gretsch Black Phoenix - TV Jones Classics
-Danelectro Dano Pro Baritone
Going by this definition of tone:
Pickguards are part of your tone.2.
a. The quality or character of sound.
b. The characteristic quality or timbre of a particular instrument or voice.
have we become that anal about tone?
Rob, Robs everyones tone!
Everything changes tone including where I stand in the room you know all those reflections resonating the body at different angles
A friend in response to Melbourne Metro "More delays then Omar Rodríguez-López's pedalboard
The Gnomes that steal my underpants rob my tone as well.
My tone went to that big hole in the universe.
"I believe the truth is not told between 9 and 5." - Hunter S. Thompson
Tone is unquantifiable. Robbing tone would necessitate some sort of measurable value for tone. That's why I despise the notion that part X can rob a guitar of tone. It makes no sense.
Duncan Pickups in currently in use: '59 (rewound to PATB-3)/'59, Custom 5/AP2H, Tapped QP set for Tele, Duncan Distortion, SP90-1/SP90-2
Originally Posted by FranklyNever did the Eagle lose so much time as the day he submitted to learn from the Crow.
A lot of little things ad up, so I would say that a i ply gaurd does have some effect on your vintage tone.
My opinion: no, we can't prove that they do rob tone without a frequency spectrometer bench and some accelerometers. Even then, that will only tell us if they rob frequencies, not tone. Tone is VERY subjective: I like the tone from my Lite Ash Stratocaster, you may not like it.