Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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

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

Item # 1700
In stock, ready to ship!


3 or more $18.65

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

Item # 1701
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3 or more $25.45
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


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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Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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Poor sizes

By Stefano Conti from Parma, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Great stuff, but You could stock larger sizes!

My first Tortoise shell pickguard.

By Casey with a moustache from jacksonville fl.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 07, 2014

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.

tortoise pickguard material

By jack briggs from raleigh, nc
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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

Tortoise Pickguard

By BE from Chesterton, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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.


By ph from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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

Perfect replacement

By Red Arrow from Kalamazoo, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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.

Very Good

By Moriarty Guitars from Dublin Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 02, 2013

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!


By Ken S. from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 20, 2013

Very nice piece indeed . made two pickguards out of it . One for a 49 forcillo [ very rare ] One for a 46 harmony thanks so much . Stewmac rocks

Appearance was disappointing

By JRodino from Gary, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm no luthier. I was just trying to make a dupe of the pickguard on my son's Norma acoustic. It was bought by my uncle @ 1963, resembles a Hummingbird, and has a shattered p/g. The stick-ons sold today would ruin the look. Anyway, half of the piece I got was a nice (but dark) tortoise-shell, the other half was pretty much black. But even if the whole thing were the right pattern, it would be too dark for my app, screwing it directly on the guitar like the original. As an elevated finger-rest, it would probably look better, and I think you'll naturally find a variance between pieces. I'd order several and return the ones that are less than ideal.

Great Material

By Mike Quick from Deland, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 22, 2012

The best I can find out there for a good looking Tortoise Shell look and feel. The sheet is small. You will be lucky to get 2 small archtop pickguards out of it. Stewart Mac I am begging you! Please offer this in a large sheet!! People want this material on Solid Bodies too. That other Laminate Tortoise shell you offer is useless.

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