Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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

Item # 1700
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.120-.130" (3.05-3.30mm) thick

Item # 1701
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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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Trade Secrets!

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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Love the section I can use

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


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

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


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.

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