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Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

Tortoise Pickguard Material for Archtop Instruments

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

Item # 1700
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$29.36

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

Item # 1701
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$42.67

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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!

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

As good as any other pickguard material out there.

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I purchased the thicker version for an LP Jr replacement pickguard. The piece I received was more dark than light so if you have a preference calling in to order might be a good idea. Mine perfectly suited my application since I didn't really want it to be too showy. Piece was dead flat and I used copper foil tape as someone here suggested to highlight the few light spots it had. It machined as well as any other material I've used and I used the same approach I use for laminated plastic and celluloid with excellent results. New pickguard looks awesome. Although smaller than most pickguard sheet goods it was large enough that two LP Jr pickguards could be made. I agree with others that have mentioned a larger(std) size would be nice as you're never going to get a Tele Thinline out of this material which is a shame. Overall I am plenty pleased with this product.

5.0

Archtop pickgard replacement

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Verified Buyer


A reasonably good value and high quality...
Perfect for my archtop replacement....cut easily on my bandsaw and the edges cleaned up with 220&320 paper.

4.0

 shelling out for the tortoise

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A little pricey and a little dark, but I laminated a white piece behind it and beveled the edge which really helped two things; the lightening and stiffness. I replaced the pickguard on a 40's harmony guitar which had a war time, solid rosewood tailpiece, built under the "tower" name on the peghead. The old box is solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides with fantastic tone and sustain!!!

5.0

Beautiful Material!

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Easy to work with using a pickguard template and a small spacer jig and a router. Edges polished up with 600 grit wet/dry and finally a swirl remover paste of the type you would use on car finishes.

Maybe my best input here would be to point out that - IF YOUR GUITAR FINISH IS TOO DARK TO SHOW OFF THE SWIRL IN THE MATERIAL - then apply some self-adhesive copper foil to the backside of the pickguard. This is what I used on the pickguard I made that you see in the photo. Thank you Stew-Mac, the price was somewhat steep... but the result is fantastic. Thank you also to the person who packed my order - You Rock!!

5.0

GREAT MATERIAL

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Verified Buyer


Think I have already reviewed..not sure.
But this piece of material is a beauty. It is to replace pickguard on my husband's old mandolin. We are very pleased with the product and the service!! Thanks StewMac.

5.0

Excellent - lovely to work with, one of a kind

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I bought this to make a replacement pickguard for my Gretsch 9555 New Yorker. The original was made out of cheap material, laminated onto clear plastic. While the shape of it echoed styles of the past it was poorly made, with the uneven curves. Having decided I could not live with it on this lovely guitar, this material seemed ideal.

Good points:
- Easy to cut on a bandsaw
- Drills cleanly
- The edges file, sand and polish to a high gloss with very little effort
- Provides a nice rigid pickguard

Bad points:
- none
- well one area was basically black, but I was not looking for factory made and the variation was fine.

Yes I could have routed it and done edge binding, but it is nice to know a plain, polished look is easy to get with this material.

Thanks Stewmac.

5.0

Stewmac should be commended for offering this material

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I purchased a sheet of the tortoise pickguard material for archtops and made two pickguards for a 1955 (picture attached) and 2016 Gretsch New Yorkers. The 3.05 thickness was perfect and the end results were very good. However, the user should be warned that the material is very brittle, and ideally, you should have power sawing equipment. I purchase a hand coping saw, outlined the material with a cheap plastic template, and then attempted to saw the tortoise material. It was extremely difficult to cut by hand and eventually the sheet of tortoise split in (almost) half. By using a Dremel sanding wheel and sandpaper, the final pickguards looked pretty good. My guitar tech was impressed. The pickguards are very dark with minimal design. It would be interesting for Stewmac to offer some additional colors (but that market may be very limited).

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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


Nice quality and excellent service
Thanks

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