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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Otis Fine, Jun 16, 2017.
I've always liked tortoiseshell pickguards. Here are mine.
The tort-on-white color scheme of my 5-string bass is the inspiration for the Jazzlemacaster in my avatar, which is still under construction. I'll be sure to return to this thread with pix of the Jazzlemacaster when it's done.
Gotta be honest, not a big tortshell pickguard fan. Except for this one:
Grumpy says hi and WTF do you want. Make it good or he's headed back inside that shell.
No actual turtles involved.
Rescued Squier Strat... with TLC it turned out to be a great guitar...not least 'cuz of the tortoise pickguard I put on it! (I do not like white pickguards on black strats.)
I know "tort" is very popular and it's been a mainstay on Fender guitars and basses for years but why is that? I just don't see it.
My favorite partscaster - thinline with an Am. Std. neck but natural ash body and a split single custom neck pickup that cuts the mud with as bright and chimey hum-free single-coil sound as you could want - but can still mix in the nice reissue WRHB bridge when you want it. I love the way it looks -- and, to the topic of this thread, nothing but tortoise would do.
a few more torts....
Fender Tort, only Fender part on this thing too I think...
EDIT? Fender Bridge plate too...
Ahhh, some freshly cut tort
Recently had a GFS 3-ply tort guard cut for my modded Ryan Jarman signature. Kinda between here and there in a "smeared details" sort of way, but overall not a bad brown tort texture.
Not quite NGD. This is a Kubicki/Warmoth build. The rosewood is a thick slab board. I still have to file the nut. Maybe tomorrow if I have time. Actually, I'm not 100% in love with the tortiseshell. I'd like to get a custom artisan piece of celluloid, but the handful of people who make it all seem to make it just a little too small for a Strat.
20170617_225905 by kafka posted Jun 17, 2017 at 11:05 PM
A few years ago we were able to locally source some really nice stuff that's now the standard tort for all models made here at the shop. The chunky tort is basically brown, but with a slightly more reddish tint than the stuff we used for the first several years, the T-Custom below done for Danny Mayer.
Man, the after version is so much better. The tortoiseshell really does it for that guitar.
How about this one ? A Vox Phantom style 5 string Mando I built for my brother.