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Tortoise/m/b/m Laminated Pickguard Materials

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Popular 4-ply laminated tortoise/mint/black/mint plastic with gloss top surface, for making your own pickguards and coverplates.

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Tortoise/m/b/m Laminated Pickguard Materials
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
1049 Tortoise/m/b/m Laminated Pickguard Materials Yes
3 or more $30.75  

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The tortoise pattern is printed, and the "mint" laminate is vintage greenish-white. Supplied in a rectangular sheet.

11-1/4" x 19-1/8" x .106" (285mm x 485mm x 2.7mm)

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Tortoise/m/b/m Laminated Pickguard Materials
Tortoise/m/b/m Laminated Pickguard Materials
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5 4-18-2014
Great looking

I made a custom pickguard out of this stuff and it turned out great. The thick multi laminate routed perfectly and looks very cool. As for the pattern I don't think anyone will be looking at it with a magnifying glass while it's being played.

SavageBeatLabs  Marion, AR Read my reviews (6)
5 6-09-2013
5 string resurrected

my peavey dyna rebuilt by robbie the luthier with bartolinis and a new pickguard looks and sounds like a million bucks - well done stew mac with top speed replacement after idiot auckland courier lost the goods

philo  auckland new zealand
2 5-30-2013
Sorry, but the printed pattern just doesn't cut it.

For the price, you're much better buying off non-printed tort material. The lines where the print pattern repeats just scream "amateur". Usually StewMac hits the mark. This time they missed it.

Mike P.  PA, USA Read my reviews (3)
2 9-14-2012
Not Convincing

The pattern used for the tortoise effect repeats too much in a small space. For a Les Paul pick guard it might be OK but for a Strat or anything bigger than 4x4 the repeated pattern is too apparent and looks cheap.

Holcomb Guitars  Rhode Island Read my reviews (2)
5 4-19-2012
The best I've found

Other vendors I've used have been 3 ply with a very thin sticker-like covering. But this material is a nice 4 ply with a laminated top that is 1/4 of the overall thickness. Yes, it is printed underneath the top layer, but barely noticeable without a magnifying glass. Pattern does repeat but not close enough to be on a single guard, in my experience. I will use this material again.

Pat H.  Southern, NH, USA Read my reviews (4)
5 6-05-2011
First choice for tortoise

I love Tortoise pickguards and this is my material of choice. The pattern is great and the mint laminates add a nice touch. Very easy to work with.

JD Short  USA
5 2-12-2011

Used it for my first bass that I built. Looks great with a walnut body. Compared to a friends USA Fender Jazz bass Tortoise pickguard, this is far superior.

Oh man  Chicago, USA
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5 11-01-2010
A Classy Look

I just put a Tortoise Pickguard on my Thinline Tele, and plan to put one on another build. I use Stew-Mac pickguard material on ALL my Teles, and always get raves from my fellow musicians and guitar lovers. It's simply the BEST you can use!

Mark Easton  Willimantic, CT Read my reviews (6)
2 10-10-2010
Fine from a distance, but...

Upon close examination, it is pretty obvious that this material is a tortoise-shell PRINT (you can see the dots from the print job), not a natural swirly mixture of differently tinted plastics). From a distance, you won't notice it, but when you press your nose to the stuff you'll spot it. The pattern is fairly fine in scale and repeats itself within the 11"x19" sheets that are sold.

B. Ennis  Saskatchewan, Canada Read my reviews (4)
3 7-16-2010

I've seen far better looking Tortoise pickguard material. This has an ugly-looking pattern

Schuyler  San Francisco, CA Read my reviews (15)
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