Shown without a pickguard - he didn't like the pickguard he had.
My next pickguard paint-pour was for my instructor's Gibson-style Les Paul. This would be a challenge. Not only is it cherry-burst, but it is bound with a golden-pearl wrap. A paint-pour could easily detract from this gorgeous instrument. No specific colors were selected. He just told me that he wanted it "dark" - mostly black, with some dark reddish-brown in the center to complement the cherry and blend in with the body as much as possible. The colors used for this pour were simply:
A custom-mixed brown/red
As I was doing the pour, I decided that a bit of gold-colored flake along the outside edges might complement the guitar. When I asked my instructor about it, he seemed to be excited... but I think he had doubts. But I went ahead with it, and figured I could always buy him a new pickguard and try again. What resulted was pretty much a miracle. The idea had been that there would be black on the outside... but anyone who does paint-pours understands the unpredictable fluidity of the paint. I waited until the paint finished flowing before adding the gold. I was happy with the results... and hoped he would be as well.
It turned out that he was thrilled with the results! Thus, a guitar that hadn't worn a pickguard in a long time was finally outfitted with one again.