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Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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.080-.090" (2.03-2.29mm) thick

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.120-.130" (3.05-3.30mm) thick

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Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

About This Item

Beautiful handmade solid acrylic tortoise for making an elevated guitar or mandolin pickguard.

The pattern is swirled throughout the gloss-surface material, not printed on a layer like many other pickguards, producing a handsome dark traditional color depth. Made of acrylic, with better stiffness and resistance to warping than celluloid when suspended over a carved-top guitar or mandolin.

Available in 6-11/16" x 11-13/16" (170mm x 300mm) sheets. Add your own edge bindings for a traditional finished look.

Note: This is a solid non-laminated material; translucency will vary with the darkness of the instrument body. Because this tortoise is handmade, individual thicknesses may vary slightly.


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Rotten old vintage plastic: fabricating replacement parts from pickguard materia

After nearly 60 years, old celluloid parts start to crumble. The pickup risers on a '55 Gretsch are rotting away, and Dan Erlewine builds new replacements from a sheet of tortoiseshell pickguard plastic.

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4.0

Love the section I can use

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Unfortunately only able to use about half of the sheet. A good portion of it is very dark; does not look like tortoise shell at all. Was hoping to get two pickguards out of the sheet. The bit that I was able to use looks great. Quality control should not have released this piece.

5.0

Excellent material; easily workable, similar to laminate material, but much cooler vintage vibe

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Just what the refurb of my Les Paul Special Double Cut needed for that vintage look! Material was easily cut and shaped with a router, similar to regular laminate pick guard material. The graining was nicely varied throughout. The blank came with plastic protective coating on both sides, so it wouldn't get scratched during fabrication.

5.0

Excellent, yet brittle

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I recently bought a sheet of this to make a Les Paul style pickguard. It is beautiful material and definitely looks better than laminated options. It can be dark when placed over dark finishes, but cutting a white sheet of paper that is slightly smaller than the pickguard and affixing it to the bottom will solve this, and be unnoticeable. The material is brittle, so make sure it is heated and well supported when cutting.

3.0

Poor sizes

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Great stuff, but You could stock larger sizes!

4.0

My first Tortoise shell pickguard.

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I have recently attempted my first second and third pickguards. One ea for a Les Paul, 335 and vintage L5. While I like the material in general, I have found that the color varied greatly between the two sheets I had bought. One very dark so that it appeared black when installed on the guitar. Also after having made a pickguard that I was proud of I peeled the protective plastic off and found a bubble in it. I too would like to see larger sheets at a more economical price. No wonder they don't put this material on low end guitars if it really costs that much. I would also like to see laminated binding offered. It's very labor intensive to make your own and hardly cost effective.

4.0

tortoise pickguard material

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great stuff, but I wish you could stock larger sizes!!!

5.0

Tortoise Pickguard

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I was looking for something a bit different as I was building my interpretation of a LP Jr/Special hybrid. The material is so much nicer than the ôprintö laminated stuff that is out there plus I had no interest in the white pinstripe around the perimeter. It is very easy to work and the edges polish up nicely. Highly recommended.

5.0

outstanding

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I used this material to make a pick guard for an old arch top Harmony that was missing one. Easy to work with & polishes up real nice in finishing. If you have a light body guitar the figuring shows up really good,but doesn't so much on a dark body.I piece is enough for two pick guards,but probably too thick for acoustic flattops. Really good price

5.0

Perfect replacement

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This Tortoise Pickguard Material was perfect to replace the warped original on my 1946 ES-125. I kept the original in a safe place (with the crumbling tuners) and the guitar is like new.

5.0

Very Good

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I'm about to order more after building my first two pickguards. The quality is excellent and it machines very well. Only criticism is that the resin is poured in quite a linear fashion - I'd prefer a bit of a swirl. There are some light patches which are quite transparent. I angled the template slightly to offset the 'grain' and avoid light patches. Recommended!

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