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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. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Tort would be my first choice followed by Black.
     

  2. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Holic

    900
    Nov 17, 2010
    Arizona
    Can I vote blackguard instead?
     

  3. Tommyd55

    Tommyd55 Tele-Meister

    297
    Sep 25, 2013
    Southern Missouri
    Black Pearloid on SB.. Works for me..

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    I looked at some tort but it's pretty common on lots of the Vintage offset Fenders..
    I passed on it..
     

  4. Tommyd55

    Tommyd55 Tele-Meister

    297
    Sep 25, 2013
    Southern Missouri
    But then I came across this one.. Looks good to me ..
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    No red in this burst... makes a difference..
     
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  5. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    Apr 10, 2014
    WellingtonNZ
    I like dark tort on white. This Tele even has matching tort binding.

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  6. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
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    Tortoise looks OK on Arctic White, a little bit, only. In every other instance it looks like vomit.
     
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  7. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jan 8, 2008
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    See an optometrist.
     
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I did. 20/20 in the right, 20/16 in the left. :)
    Ugly has nothing to do with eyesight though.
     
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  9. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    OP, I vote you ignore all opinions and form your own. My opinion is against Tort on Sunburst, for no actual reason than I don't like it. I like torts on solid colors only, mostly white. I don't like ketchup on hamburgers either, and I don't like coca cola very much, so consider that why doncha.
     

  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I never understood the 20/16 thing.

    Like, if you're lower than 20, can you see inside your own head?
     

  11. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Haha! Reminds me of the one scene from Team America:

    "Now I've seen it all"

    "Have you ever seen a man eat his own head?"

    "No"

    "Then you haven't seen it all"
     
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  12. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

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    Dec 19, 2014
    Paris, IL
    tortoise or aged white pearl would look cool on that ax!
     

  13. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    20/20 means that at 20 feet, an object appears as clear as if it was 20 feet away; 16 means it's as clear at 20 feet as if it were 16 feet away.
    I think that's how it works anyhow, it's better or something.
     

  14. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.

  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Tele-Holic

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    Jun 27, 2016
    Alabama
    I have to strongly disagree here.

    Tortoise is fugly ALWAYS on ANYTHING. It's never even a little bit OK.

    It looks like something a cat barfed up.
     

  16. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I saw a white Strat once that had it, and I remember thinking "wow that actually isn't horrible." So a teeny bit, in that one instance.
    But yeah, in general tort is vomitous.
     

  17. Ebidis

    Ebidis Tele-Holic

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    Alabama
    I'm not big on mother of toilet seat either. It's OK for inlays, but no way on a pickguard.
     

  18. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Without glasses, I can't see past 5 feet.

    But I have to take them off to read, and I can read 4 point type with zero problem.

    So the near and far sightedness aspect has to be in that equation, doesn't it?
     

  19. You-Tele-Me

    You-Tele-Me Tele-Meister

    137
    Feb 24, 2017
    Vancouver Island
    My perfectly wrong opinion is to go with the tort if it floats your boat. But, yes, do audition them to get a harmonious appearance to your taste. Just don't ask me to choose between tortoiseshell and MOTS.

    As for the cat barf comment, I can say with fair experience that my cats have never produced anything to quite match tortoiseshell. Speaking of such things I would like to see more pickguards in what used to be called 'clown vomit', though they are best on a solid colour instrument.
     

  20. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I was gonna imply the same thing.

    I'm not a cat person like you, but if I could find one that vomits like tort, I'll adopt him.
     

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