Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

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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.

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Modern Martin shape

Item # 2090
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3 or more $25.41


Item # 2091
In stock, ready to ship!


3 or more $25.41
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


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.

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Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

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Its purty!

By Ol A.T. from Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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 star all the way!!!

By Neel from Aiken, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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!!

Beautiful, Easy, but Light

By MacDougall from Aiken, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 11, 2013

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.

Varying results 

By Travis_Dean from Ephraim, Ut
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 21, 2013

I purchased three of these. I love how two of them turned out. The third I didn't really like the pattern; I didn't realize how much till i installed it. That guitar alao has lots of abalone so maybe that's why I didn't like the look too. I'm replacing it with a black one.

Nice Pickguard

By Alex Grier from Spearsville, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 23, 2012

Good looking pickguard. It makes my D35 stand out from the crowd. I had to do a little trimming on it to get it to match up to the rossette, but it was no big deal at all. I just shaved it with a razor blade untill it fit.


By Peter M. from Brockton, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 30, 2011

I thought this pricey, too, but it makes my Recording King RD-10 look great. Many others "notice" it and have to comment. I would definitely buy this again.

Pick Guard

By David OMara from Escondido, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good quality and it looks great on my guitar but I don't think its worth $29. Next time, I'll buy some raw stock and make my own.

I Love the Tortoloid Look

By Ferg from West Fork, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I've been looking for a pickguard for my new Eastman E10D since they don't come with one. I looked at several guitars, browsed the internet stores, and read blogs before I decided what to go with. So many pickguards have the pattern printed on the surface. With this material, you can still see the grain of the wood through the pickguard. I was worried that a pickguard might dampen the sound, so I wanted to go with a thin material. The Tortoloid didn't affect it.


By thefrankie from Nashville,TN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 09, 2011

I ordered this to replace a really wierd pickguard on my Recording King RD 327 adi top guitar. Fit perfectly and looks great. My luthier here in Nashville said it was a simple task. Top shows thru well and it looks great PLUS the guitar sounds much better. Yippee!!!

Tortoloid Pickguard

By rolfm5 from Joshua Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011

Wow. Really cool. Just the thing for my Gibson L4A. It looked bare without the pickguard. Very easy to work with, I had to trim the sound hole diameter but it was not hard to have it look like a bought one.

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