Replacement Pickguards

As of August 2020, we are no longer selling replacement pickguards. Pickguards for all Sadowsky instruments are now available from our good friends at Pickguard Planet.

Pickguard Planet has supplied pickguards to the shop for many years. While they have templates for most of the models, they can’t guarantee 100% accuracy for a replacement guard just with the year and model number of your instrument. Also, NYC Custom Shop instruments frequently have custom neck pockets and your guard may be specific to your instrument.

To make sure that they get you the right pickguard, Pickguard Planet is asking you to either send in your old pickguard OR make a fine point pencil drawing on a piece of paper and send it in. If you make a tracing, please do not email a scan or photo of the guard. They prefer a physical drawing as the size of images, placement of holes, etc. can become distorted with a digital image.

Tracing your old guard:
Remove the current pickguard and any controls mounted to it. Put all the parts in a ziploc bag.  Label the contents and put them where you know you'll find them.

Lay the guard face up on a piece of plain white bond (copier or printer) paper and trace the perimeter and all cutouts, holes, and routes in fine line pencil detail—mechanical pencils work best. For larger perimeter guards, it may be necessary to tape two pieces of paper together to get the entire image to fit within the border edge of the paper. Please fill out and print the contact form and include it when mailing in your drawing. Mail in a regular business or greeting card envelope. It’s okay to fold the drawing.

Sending in your old guard:
If you would like to send in your pickguard for duplication, please fill out and print the contact form and use the address on the form for mailing your pickguard in. Please pack your pickguard carefully. We recommend taping it between two pieces of cardboard using masking or painter’s tape. If you decide to send in your old pickguard, it will be returned to you with the new pickguard.

Most sadowsky basses are j-bass size, and can be cut in any color Pickguard Planet offers. For the j-bass size guards, cost to duplicate from your original is about:
• $49.00: single ply wht, blk, wbw, or bwb
• $53.00: specialty colors
• $73.00: pearl or figured colors
• $80.00: tortoise shell and exotic colors

See all of the colors they offer here:
If extensive custom or hand cutting is required, a nominal service charge may be applicable.

USPS shipping to a continental US address for a guard is about $10.00. Two pickguards can go in the same box at that rate if you need a second guard. Ask about international rates and email with any other questions:

Find instructions on the Pickguard Planet website:

If have any questions, contact Pickguard Planet at