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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

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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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5.0

Tortoise pickguard arch top review

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Verified Buyer


Great product! Strong and thick and pretty, not too red. Put on a Gibson super 300, made it unbound and it still looks great.

5.0

Nicely figured for my project

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this pickguard material to make a custom pickguard for my guitar project. In spite of other reviews, the color and tones were perfectly matched with the finish color of the guitar. Lots of great contrasting figure in my material to really show off. I would order more for future projects. Fast and friendly service makes me want to come back for more.

3.0

Too Dark!!

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Verified Buyer


This is quality material, but it's just way too dark. I've made a few great pickguards with this stuff and unfortunately, they read almost "black" when finished. It takes a lot of time and money to make a custom pickguard, particularly the bound Regal archtop pickguard I recently finished. Wish it didn't look like a plain black guard after all of this effort.

5.0

great stuff

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Verified Buyer


easy to machine - doesn't melt like other acrylics.
really good translucency and color. wish you would get bigger sheet sizes!!

5.0

Pick gard for a1960s danjelico excel 

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Verified Buyer


Hi my name is Joel whitehead owner of Whitehead guitar repair and head luthier at the world famous Normans rare guitars. I often use the tortoise material From Stewert McDonald to make pick gards I often make for Vintage instruments I feel that it's pretty spot on check out the pictures on this one

4.0

Love the section I can use

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


Great stuff, but You could stock larger sizes!

4.0

My first Tortoise shell pickguard.

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Verified Buyer


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.

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