mid 70's fender jazz tortoise pickguard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by liutarlo, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. liutarlo


    Sep 24, 2012
    Hallo everybody,
    i recently bought a fender jazz 74-75 tortoise pickguard in a auction site. On site pics everything looked fine.
    When arrived and after a close up inspection, i noticed that the tortoise pattern is thin layer, printed.
    I seriously doubt that Fender used printed pick guards... so told it to the seller, but it keeps saying' that the pick guard is original Fender...
    What you experts think??

    i add a couple of pics that could help.

    thank you very much for your precious help

  2. Siggy

    Siggy Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    My PG is from a 97 jazz and the top layer is about 1/16"


    I hope this helps
  3. chapito


    Aug 26, 2008
    New York
    I have a '74 Jazz (all orignal, my first bass) and my pickguard looks exactly like that with the "dot-pattern" in the light spots.

    It became frustrating to find a match when I built my fretless—all of the new shell PG just don't look the same. (as seen in the '97 pic in the other post)

    Let me know if you want to sell it in the future!;)

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  4. I heard only the earliest ones used actual tortoise shells, flattened by heavyset Fijian maidens. Bet you'd be feeling ripped if you got the '97 version!
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  6. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    That guard is 100% correct and original. Identical to my '74 P guard. I've seen many like that.
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  7. robwiacek


    Jan 21, 2014
    I just started making Corian templates for Jazz, P Bass and 51 Tele basses on my CNC. These template sets also include the pick guard template ... Why don't you make your own ?
    Drill , router and material... It's pretty simple you know.
    I tried to upload a picture , but no luck.
    Contact me and I'll send you some pics.