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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Antique tortoise

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Red swirl

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Amber tigerstripe

Amber tigerstripe

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Red swirl, oversized

Red swirl, oversized

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Amber tigerstripe, oversized

Amber tigerstripe, oversized

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material Red tigerstripe, oversized

Red tigerstripe, oversized

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material

About This Item

The look of vintage pickguards!
Make your own pickguards with the look of vintage tortoise shell.

Tortoloid is a handsome pickguard material developed and handmade by luthier Mario Proulx. Poured resins and dyes reproduce authentic tortoise shell patterns: tigerstripe, tortoise, and swirl. Tortoloid is a popular choice for making vintage-style guitars look even more vintage. Unhappy with modern "printed" pickguards? Tortoloid is a great alternative.

Each Tortoloid sheet is individually made.
Just like natural shell, no two have exactly the same pattern. The highly durable material is 0.025" thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage.

Antique tortoise
When the pickguard is installed on a typical spruce guitar top, the color and 3-dimensional depth closely match actual antique Hawksbill tortoise shell used by Martin in the '30s. (Antique guitar picks were used for sampling the colors). Semi-transparent amber areas intensify the color of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance. Antique tortoise is also available in vintage Dreadnought shape.

Red swirl
The look of early-1940s Martin celluloid pickguards, with red-browns replacing the amber.

Tigerstripe
Especially for Gibson acoustic guitars. Amber for soundboards with a light sunburst or natural finish, and red to complement typical darker sunbursts.

Tortoloid cuts easily with scissors, but to avoid chipping the edges, warm the material in hot water or with a hair dryer first. The cut edges can be sanded and polished, or beveled with a razor blade (work at room temperature for a sharp bevel, or warm the material for a rounded edge). Bending is easily corrected by placing the material on a flat surface and warming it.

Tortoloid cuts easily with scissors, but to avoid chipping the edges, warm the material in hot water or with a hair dryer first. The cut edges can be sanded and polished, or beveled with a razor blade (work at room temperature for a sharp bevel, or warm the material for a rounded edge). Bending is easily corrected by placing the material on a flat surface and warming it.

Two sizes:
4-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 0.025" (120.65mm x 190.50mm x 0.64mm)
Enough material for most traditional pickguard shapes.

4-15/16" x 10" x 0.025" (125.41mm x 254mm x 0.64mm)
Oversized is for larger pickguards, such as Gibson J45s and J50s.

Note: You may notice small abrasions on the underside of the material. These are from the manufacturing process and will become invisible after installation with our Pickguard Adhesive Sheet.


Video

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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Pickguard material - Meh...

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For the amount of money this material cost I would think it would be identical to stock Martin, Gibson or Taylor.... but it isn't even close. This is thin and cheap material that is not only nowhere near the original shell color, but is barely enough material for 1 D28 sized pickguard. Save your money.... very dissapointed......

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Great pattern

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Bought this for new design for new guitar

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Great!

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Beautiful looking material nice and thin easy to work with
A bit expensive but well worth it the new pickguard on my 63 j45 turned out great!

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