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To tortoise shell or not to tortoise shell?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Estrio, Mar 12, 2018.

Tortoise Shell?

  1. Definitely!

    46 vote(s)
    61.3%
  2. Hell no!

    29 vote(s)
    38.7%
  1. Estrio

    Estrio TDPRI Member

    33
    Feb 13, 2017
    United Kingdom
    I'm going to be swapping out the pickups on my Mexican tele in a couple weekends time and I'm debating swapping the pickguard while I'm at it.
    It's currently white but I feel like red tortoise shell would look nice against the sunburst finish... I need help deciding!
    Example pictures below:
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  2. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    62
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    To me, there's nothing as cool and classic as tortoise on sunburst.

    But I also love white Pearloid.

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  3. AbisFjord

    AbisFjord Tele-Meister

    Age:
    28
    167
    Dec 21, 2017
    Texas
    Torti at all times, always.
     
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  4. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 24, 2009
    Texas
    I like the tortoise shell pickguards that have more red in them. It brings a 60's vibe to a sunburst finish in my opinion.

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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    61
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Tortoise shell rules!
     
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  6. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

    I like it on basses and Jags but I'm almost like "friends don't let friends tortoise". Then again, when I was a young adolescent a guy in my friend's band had a beautiful sunburst Strat with a tortoise shell pickguard that I absolutely coveted.
    Makes you go hummm...
     
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    Compare the colors in your guitar finish with the Tort. Some undertones may be more red or brown and a red or brown tort may look great or terrible. Lighting where you check your Tele is important, go outside in full light to see if more red or more brown and order appropriately.

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  8. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

    Age:
    43
    247
    Aug 18, 2017
    Sweden
    If tortoise is the question, tortoise is always the answer.
     
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  9. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    68
    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    I like three ply white on a sunburst Telecaster. Somehow a sunburst Jazzmaster doesn't look right without tort. Pearloid doesn't look right to me without body binding. But what I like better than white on a sunburst Telecaster is antique white. It still looks white but it's just slightly softer against the sunburst. It looks less harsh. Antique white perfectly matches the dots on my avatar Tele. Aesthetic issues are far from minor. We love our guitars and want them to look right. Sometimes I think I'm as bad as my wife is with hair color. Like with hair color, if you don't like it, choose again. It costs way less to change a pick guard than for my wife to change her hair color. I have two GCs nearby so between them I can find most any cosmetic mod for a Telecaster or Strat. I brought mine to the store and compared a few guards on my guitar. Then I took my guitar over to the used amp section and started hunting for something to use outside on my porch.
     
  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    62
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    We're ALL as bad as our wives in this regard. But as opposed to hair color, I always use the analogy picking the right shoes to go with this dress.

    But I think some of us here are much more OCD about this than others. Generally, I don't care.

    If I don't hate it, it's fine.
     
  11. The Birdman

    The Birdman TDPRI Member

    Age:
    65
    23
    Dec 18, 2017
    Detroit area
    Tort will look good on it. But I have a similar Tele and decided on mint green for myself.
     
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  12. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    62
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL

    My Rondo Hadean was surprisingly more cherry sunburst than "regular" sunburst as it was shown on the website.

    It was a nice surprise, since I had a more cherry tinged tort guard ready to go in Ira's Treasure Chest of Extra Guitar Crap.

    This is strung for Nasvhville tuning, kind of.

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  13. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    MA
    Leave it on the tortoises and pepperoni pizzas. Tort is only for Fenders that came with them, like basses, and some other Fender models, not teles, unless you're trying to recreate something like a Clarence tele. But, if it floats your boat, go for it, just not for me, call me a traditionalist. YMMV.
     
  14. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    Unless you are playing in a country western band, I say no tort. I'd go Bakelite black.
     
  15. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    62
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    So far, 17 to 9 votes in favor of tortoise.

    Almost 2 to 1, a hell of a lot larger margin I think than any democratic election anywhere on earth.
     
  16. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    Never!

    Ok, maybe sometimes.
     
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  17. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    northwest
    I like Torti, but not all Torti is created equal. Find the right one.
    But I'm thinking anodized Aluminum on that one!
     
  18. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    62
    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I can definitely respect your viewpoint!

    You should go into politics.
     
  19. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    I've never been insulted in all my LIFE!

    /hahahaha
     
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