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Tortoloid Pickguard Material

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  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
2093 Dark brown tortoise Yes
3 or more $24.90  

2096 Dark brown swirl Yes
3 or more $24.90  

2097 Amber/brown tigerstripe Yes
3 or more $24.90  

2098 Red/brown tigerstripe Yes
3 or more $24.90  

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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 becoming 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. No two have exactly the same pattern, just like natural shell. The highly durable material is .025" thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage.

Supplied in a 4-3/4" x 7-1/2" x .025" (120.65mm x 190.50mm x .64mm) sheet. This includes sufficient usable material for cutting most traditional pickguard shapes.

Available in these vintage styles:

Dark brown tortoise
When the pickguard is installed on a typical spruce guitar top, the color and 3-dimensional depth closely match actual antique Hawskbill tortoise shell (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. Dark brown tortoise is also available in vintage Dreadnought shape.

Dark brown swirl
Similar to the '30s pattern but darker overall, with red-browns replacing the amber. The look of early-1940s Martin celluloid pickguards.

Especially for Gibson acoustic guitars. Amber/brown for soundboards with a light sunburst or natural finish, and red/brown 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.

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.

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Tortoloid Pickguard Material
Tortoloid Pickguard Material
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1 12-28-2010
Cheap and ugly.

We ordered it for an unusual shaped pickguard replacement on a customers guitar. It was very flimsy. It gets unusably thin about 1/3 of an inch from the edge all around. The colors were weak and way off what the photos show. The underside of the pg is heavily scratched all over from them scraping it up off whatever they pour the resin on to make the thing. Its so bad you can clearly see it through the top. The only way to fix that would be to sand and polish it out. That is total BS for something that costs $30. I would pay $5 for this at most.

Judd H.  Knoxville, TN
5 12-14-2010
Pickguard for Martin Backpacker

Excellent product. I decided to add a pickguard to my Martin Backpacker travel guitar. It doesn't come with one. The Tortoloid material really did the job. It is easy to work with and cut to size.

Jim K.  Gresham, WI
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5 12-01-2010
high quality material for custom pickguard

This was my first attempt in applying a custom guard to an acoustic. I bought the sheet as I had no template for the Larrivee parlor's guard. Drawing and cutting out some drafts using some acetate sheets with plain paper really helped create the template. The result was beyond my expectations. Beveling the edge with sandpaper as seen in the video was easy.

Gabe K  Minnesota Read my reviews (2)
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5 7-10-2010
Best Pickguard Material Ever!

I've been using Greven pickguards for many years, and I've always been happy with the quality. However, I recently gave Proulx's material a shot, and I'm glad I did. It is every bit as high quality, (I'm not sure what the Norwegian reviewer was talking about!,) but the thickness is about 1/2 that of the Greven/Tortis guards. When it comes to the top of a fine acoustic, every little bit counts, and you don't want to carry any more weight, or anything to cause dampening if possible. A great benefit over celluloid pickguards is this material won't shrink or distort due to heat, humidity, etc. No more "pickguard cracks!" I definitely recommend this material for anyone looking for a beautiful, vintage-accurate, durable, stable and thin pickguard. A+, and thanks to Mario!

Gabe MacDonnell  NYC Read my reviews (3)
3 7-07-2010
Tortoloid Pickguard Material

We bought the tortoloid pickguard material to try it out and to compare it to the Tor-tis which we normaly use. Our conclusion is that the Tortoloid has a weeker color and seems a bit cheap. The size of the sheets could have been larger, it fits a standard drop size pickguard but not a dove size.

StrandGuitars  Norway
4 5-23-2010
Tortoloid pickguard material

I bought a sheet rather than a pre-cut pickguard because I wanted to be sure it was the exact same shape as the stock black one on my D-28, and I wanted to choose the way I cut the pattern into the shape. This was the first time for me to cut my own pickguard but the material was very easy to work with - I just heated it gently with a hairdryer and, using the stock guard as a template, cut it with a box cutter. The front was shiny but I needed to polish the back a bit. Bevelling the edges with the edge of a blade was part of the fun. The dark tortoise pattern looks great on the guitar, and the material is not too thick or thin. To the naked eye it's about the same as a stock Martin pickguard. I'd like to see Mario Proulx and StewMac introduce some new colours, like a dark-reddish brown. How about it guys? I'm happy with this product and would have no hesitation recommending it to others.

Andrew  Japan Read my reviews (2)
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