Tortoloid pickguards reproduce the look of actual tortoise shell, complete with semi-transparent amber areas that intensify the soundboard color.
Each Tortoloid pickguard is individually made. Like natural shell, no two have exactly the same pattern.
Durable, self-adhesive, a mere .025" thin! They won’t dampen tone, or shrink. The edges can be beveled with fine sandpaper.
Tortoloid is a handsome material developed by luthier Mario Proulx, using poured resins and dyes to reproduce the color and 3-dimensional depth of antique Hawskbill tortoise shell (antique guitar picks were used for sampling the colors).
Radius at soundhole edge
2090 Modern Martin Shape
0.025" x 7" x 3-13/16" (0.64mm x 177.80mm x 96.84mm)
0.025" x 7-1/8" x 4" (0.64mm x 180.98mm x 101.6mm)
When in doubt, order an oversized pickguard. Trim and file to fit.