I made my own tortoiseshell pickguard... And it took me one year!

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Post by ludobag1 » Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:13 am

looks really good on pics ,i am fan of real tort guard since years (i have follow the thread that speak of it since the beguin ) i also have a spitfire one that have buy used cause of the ridiculus amount for a brand new one :whistle:
if you made them correctly priced (not a ball with a kidney) you will sell a lot cause there is not enought choice to have a good product ,2 choices in fact ,real one from 60 or spitfire
after that i know to make quality product you need tool ,time ,research ect .......then price is always expensive but seriously for me(maybe i am alone to think this?) more than 100 € for a sheet of plastic that is only decorative is :derp: ,need to eat ect before spend totally idiot amount of money on it
as i do my homemade guard for my homemade guitar i am more interrested by blank (normal size 290 X 440mm)more than finished guard then if you sell this count me in ;)

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Post by BoringPostcards » Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:08 am

Great job. It looks very close to an original. If it was aged more, it would easily pass.
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Post by tribi9 » Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:34 am

Looks incredible, add me to the list of potential customers, if available for sale.

Id be honored to own one of these magnificent looking pickguards.

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Post by fritzypatzy » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:18 am

Thanks for all your comments and compliments, they mean a lot to me! :)

As promised, here's some pictures of the MIJ jaguar with the new handmade tortoiseshell pickguard!

I know, I could've put strings on it ;D but I wanted to do a fair comparison with the original pickguard (at the bottom).
Now you can compare VS what I would agree to define as a "sheet of plastic" ;)
Without intending to sound presumptuous, I think you'll agree the new one plays in a whole different league!

I'm keeping this one, but I have another one in the making that might interest you.... A Jazzmaster that I think is going to look pretty awesome... More on that soon!

Cheers, François

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Post by jasonpetzold » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:45 am

Wow, that is incredible!

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Post by Unicorn Warrior » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:46 am

Now that you have it posted I recant my initial statement regarding the pale section between the rhythm circuit and neck. It looks great and very convincing. Impressive from your first guard.

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Post by Jaguar018 » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:29 pm

Very very cool. Tres bien!

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Post by Synthsinthesky » Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:22 pm

amazing! I feel a new wave of vintage tortoiseshell on its way. Not that spitfire's work isn't amazing, but maybe a little competition would be healthy for him...

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Post by mackerelmint » Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:59 pm

That's really nice. With all the time it took, as well as money and effort, that's clearly a labor of love. And really good looking tort, too.
This is an excellent rectangle

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Post by invisible man » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:07 pm

Gorgeous, GAS inducing tort! You could easily make a small business of this if you wanted.
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Post by HarlowTheFish » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:14 pm

Okay I'm not even a tort guy but man this looks sweet :-*

I've done some reading up on making tort-pattern celluloid before and I'm gonna be honest, if this is what you're getting after a year, you're gonna be giving the beloved vintage originals a run for their money in no time.

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Post by andy_tchp » Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:15 pm

Yeah, wow! Only giveaway it's not a real vintage piece is it not being all warped and shrunken.
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Post by HarlowTheFish » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:52 pm

andy_tchp wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:15 pm
Yeah, wow! Only giveaway it's not a real vintage piece is it not being all warped and shrunken.
OP: *spends a year making the best tort guard I've ever seen*
TGP vintage snobs: "yeah no it actually fits and doesn't release toxic gases that kill hardware and won't crumble if you breathe on it"
OSG: *collectively withdraw all their savings for OP's 'guards*

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Re: I made my own tortoiseshell pickguard... And it took me one year!

Post by pad » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:47 am

Please do a small business with those tort guards! :?
Looks perfect to me and i think that a mid range (65 bucks?) could be a real cool alternative to spitfire.

Just thinking... :whistle:

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Post by bodhi » Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:24 am

pad wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:47 am
Please do a small business with those tort guards! :?
Looks perfect to me and i think that a mid range (65 bucks?) could be a real cool alternative to spitfire.

Just thinking... :whistle:
I'll have one, need a custom thingie for my bass... :blush:
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