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Let's see some tortoiseshell!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Otis Fine, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Meister

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    Jun 3, 2016
    Chicago, Illinois
    I've always liked tortoiseshell pickguards. Here are mine.
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  2. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 14, 2015
    Nashville
    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.

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  3. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Gotta be honest, not a big tortshell pickguard fan. Except for this one:

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  4. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Grumpy says hi and WTF do you want. Make it good or he's headed back inside that shell. ;)

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  5. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
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    No actual turtles involved.
     

  6. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    948
    Jul 2, 2015
    PNW USA
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    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.)
     
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  7. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    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.
     

  8. TeleTucson

    TeleTucson Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Aug 6, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    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.
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  9. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Athens-GREECE

  10. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS

  11. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member


  12. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Fender Tort, only Fender part on this thing too I think... ;)

    EDIT? Fender Bridge plate too...

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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2017

  13. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 14, 2015
    Nashville
    Ahhh, some freshly cut tort

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  14. Telegazer

    Telegazer Tele-Holic

    670
    May 6, 2008
    Republic of Korea
    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.

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  15. kafka

    kafka Tele-Meister

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    Oct 18, 2013
    Maryland
    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.

     

  16. Telegazer

    Telegazer Tele-Holic

    670
    May 6, 2008
    Republic of Korea
    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.

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  17. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 14, 2015
    Nashville
    Man, the after version is so much better. The tortoiseshell really does it for that guitar.
     
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  18. mefgames

    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Oct 31, 2010
    North Bay, Ca
    How about this one ? A Vox Phantom style 5 string Mando I built for my brother. MandoWhite.JPG
     

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