Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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

Item # 1700
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$26.63

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

Item # 1701
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$38.70

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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!

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

Wonderful for restoration work

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I used this material to replace the rotten original pickguard as part of the restoration of a 1948 Gibson ES-125. The material cuts very easily on a bandsaw with no melting or chipping. I made a 1/2" plywood pattern, stuck the Tortoise material to it with double stick tape, and routed the material using a pattern bit on a router table. The customer loved it.

5.0

Expensive but worth it

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Appreciated the select pick @ no charge ! Used the .120" to make cavity covers for a pair of expensive gibsons, looks way better than the cheap textured black plastic originals.

5.0

Good for 60’s Johnny Smith

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Nice quality and excellent service
Thanks

3.0

For the price, it should look amazing

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I’m building a Presentation-quality guitar for a good client.
The first piece I got was half black and unusable. They replaced it for free on the second phone call.
The replacement was more even but; $38 for a small piece of plastic it’s should knock you out.

5.0

Tortoise pickguard arch top review

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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