About Us


Gilroy Guitars started after a long association with music – I started in bands in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – in 1959 our first band was ‘Lincoln and the Lawmen’, hey… was not my idea… talk to Bill, aka ‘Lincoln’, our vocal.
We played mostly local dances, Friday and Saturday nights, weddings, parties, whatever.. moved on to the pub scene after a few lineup changes, gigged in country NSW Police Boys and other clubs….

‘Touring’ for us at the time involved cramming the gear and ourselves into my old ’49 Chevvy, and driving out west, playing weekend ‘gigs’, which were not called that at the time, then getting back just in time to start work Monday mornings.

The rock scene was in it’s infancy in Australia at the time – there were many band changes – line-ups, gear etc… you know the deal – same then as now I suppose.


I stayed as a part-time muso for ten years, until the family and other pursuits took over, but there was always a guitar handy, plunked away at weddings, twenty-firsts and such. We’ve followed many pursuits and dreams in the meantime.. probably too many to mention.

Around 2006, I was looking for a quilted maple pickguard for my Strat.. something that would look nice on my Olympic White Deluxe… ‘gold’ maybe.
Could not find anything, so I started to make a few.. that ‘few’ turned into around fifty trial and error attempts… finally pinning down a process that just ticked all the boxes… high-gloss finish, full timber for resonance, multiple opposing grain directions for strength and stability, and.. in various decorative veneers… quilted, figured, and birds-eye Maples.

FAST FORWARD to 2018….

So now, at Gilroy Guitars we’re still making our unique range of decorative maple pickguards, designed especially for Strat and Tele style guitars… Bass models are also available….

We’re a small, one-man-type shop, making our full timber FULLY FINISHED HANDMADE pickguards since 2007.
Now my wife Vivienne helps in the business, so we’ve come back to music after many other pursuits, farming, restaurants, potting, but it’s hard to give up the music and the love affair with the guitar . . . .

Give your guitar that visual lift you’ve always wanted.
Be amazed at the tonal increase too… complete the ‘tone circle’ (what I call it) by mounting your pickups on a FULL 100% wood/timber pickguard, with a beautifully polished Maple top.
100% timber means that you WILL get a tonal improvement… not just a maple veneer glued onto sonically dead plastic…!

Available in a range of colours, finished in premium 2Pak Urethanes in FULL GLOSS, and polished to a level that will enhance any instrument. Quilted, Figured or Birdseye Maple ‘guards for Strat and Tele are always available…
Please use the CONTACT form if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Thanks for visiting…..
Regards – Peter Dobinson


Damn… wished I still had my 62 Olympic White Jaguar…!

1960 Sydney band Lawmen
Lawmen 1960
1962 Sydney band the Serpents
Adam and the Serpents 1962
1963 Sydney band
1963 The Premiers