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Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

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Modern Martin shape

Item # 2090
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$29.90

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Tortoloid Acoustic Dreadnought Pickguard

About This Item

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!

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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5.0

Tortoloid Pickguard Really Dresses Guitar

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Last year I purchased a used Alvarez MD with a cedar top and since it didn't have a pickguard, I opted for the Totoloid pickguard. It goes perfectly with the cedar top as the cedar color comes through the lighter areas of the pickguard and really looks sharp. I just bought another Alvarez; this one is an MD6104 with a dark gold spruce top and I am going to purchase another tortoloid.

5.0

Martin Pickguard replacement.

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I have a D12-20, from 1967. The pick guard had shrunk, also created a small crack under B string. Watched video for replacement guidance. Ordered the Tortoloid. It required minimal trimming at sound hole, and looks great. Followed replacement tips and the job went smoothly, no hiccups. One small problem, tip of pick guard wanted to lift up near fingerboard. A little CA-20 solved that problem. New pick guard really dressed up my Martin, pick guard really thin on the top and adds an elegant touch, that was well worth the extra expense. Thanks StewMac for the great product and repair assistance. - Wayne in Omaha

1.0

Who's checking before shipping?

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I really don't want to complain, Stewmac is a great co. But look at the pix. What was sent me were a few blobs in a sea of clear. To me, overlapping browns separated by few small strands of clear are the standard for tortoise shell pattern. Sounded like the best idea, but looks nothing like any old Martin pickguard I've ever seen. I sent it back. Maybe they can send a pic for approval before they ship yours; doubly annoying, but might be necessary.

Response from StewMac

We're sorry to hear you're not happy with the Tortoloid Pickguard you received. We're happy to hand select a replacement that more closely matches your preferences. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We appreciate your feedback.

5.0

Great pick guard

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It was easy to put on and looks great. No more scratches on my expensive guitar!

5.0

very nice for a basic martin D

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I put this on a 95 Martin D1-R that already had some similar color binding on the top, it looks great and lot better than the original. It's somewhat seethrough, so let's the grain show. Very nice.

4.0

Like it!

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Really wish it had come already beveled.

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.

4.0

Varying results 

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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.

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