Acoustic Guitar Pickguards - Do they affect the sound of the guitar?

Is it better for me to buy a guitar without a pickguard?  Does the pickguard absorb sound?


If the guitar has a normal Martin, Guild, Taylor, etc. sized pickguard, it will have no noticeable effect on the sound.  The pickguard would have to be very large covering both sides of the soundhole and maybe more before noticeable dampening of sound would occur.

Bob, Gman ( o )==#


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