Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

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Modern Martin shape

Item # 2090
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Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

Beautiful reproduction tortoise for vintage-style acoustic guitars. The look of actual tortoise shell, complete with semi-transparent amber areas that intensify the soundboard color.

Each Tortoloid pickguard is individually made. Just like natural shell, no two have exactly the same pattern.

Durable, self-adhesive, and a mere 0.025" thin! They won't dampen tone, or shrink. The edges can be beveled with fine sandpaper.

Tortoloid is a handsome material which uses poured resins and dyes to reproduce the color and 3-dimensional depth of antique Hawksbill tortoise shell. Luthier Mario Proulx developed this material using antique guitar picks for sampling the colors and refining the patterns.

Item# Dimensions Radius at soundhole edge
2090 Modern Martin Shape  0.025" x 7" x 3-13/16"
(0.64mm x 177.80mm x 96.84mm)
2-3/8" (60.32mm)
2091 Oversize  0.025" x 7-1/8" x 4"
(0.64mm x 180.98mm x 101.6mm)
2-3/8" (60.32mm)

When in doubt, order an oversized pickguard. Trim and file to fit.

Want to cut your own pickguard shape? See Tortoloid Pickguard Material, available in four vintage patterns.


Trade Secrets!

A shrinking pickguard cracks the guitar top!

In Dan Erlewine's shop: This Martin D-35 has a cracked top due to the pull of a shrinking plastic pickguard. Dan fixes the problem and shows how to keep this happening from happening again.

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4.0

Its purty!

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Its a very nice pickgaurd. Doesnt seem to shave off into powder on the top like the stock one that came on my d28, some pickgaurds wont hold up to a bluechip pick, this one does so far. I will note that it does not have a bevel, and i did have to alter the soundhole radius on the "modern Martin" model so it would follow the concentric rings perfectly on my brand new Martin. As the lighter portions are transparent it wouldnt have been noticable but under close inspection, but it bothered me enough to lay it over, mark it with a pencil and use an exacto to lighty score the line and then follow with more pressure to trim the small fraction.

5.0

5 star all the way!!!

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Beautiful Pickguard.. I used this on my 1969 Martin that I bought new.. I replaced the original years ago to avoid the dreaded Martin pickguard crack.. I never really liked the first replacement, but this one is the ticket!! I bought the oversized one. Did a bit of trimming for a perfect fit.. Truly looks like it belongs there.. It would be an excellent upgrade for any dreadnought guitar!! Take your time and follow the instructions on the site.. I trimmed mine using a single edge razor blade as a scraper.. Well worth the extra bucks!!

4.0

Beautiful, Easy, but Light

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I bought the pick guard for a 1979 Alvarez 5063. I followed the advice on the various StewMac videos on removing the old pickguard (using a lamp) and removing the old glue (Naphtha) and 0000 steel wool. When the pick guard arrived, I was initially disappointed that it was lighter than I was anticipating. Another reviewer said that he bought three and liked one of the three better. So if you are picky about your pickguard, you might want to order a few and return the others. However, I went forward with the advice from a StewMac video using two pieces of tape to act as hinges to ensure that the pick guard gets placed exactly as I wanted it the FIRST time around. I did this and practiced about 5 times with the hinge to ensure that the hinge was properly placed. Then I removed the protective paper and simply laid down the new pick guard with the tape hinge. PERFECT! Also, after you remove the white protective paper, I found out that the pick guard is translucent and that it looks darker than when you look at it with the protective paper. It looks beautiful on the guitar (see photo). It is still a bit lighter than I thought and lighter than what was on there in the past. However, you can see that, being translucent, it shows the beauty underneath and makes for a beautiful looking pickguard that complements the guitar.

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