15 Minute Poor Man's Boredom Tort Pickguard

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by quite_angry, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. quite_angry


    Aug 6, 2012
    So I picked up a used Cort P bass a few weeks back for $40. I love the bass. Plays great, sounds better... whatever... blah blah.

    Anyway, I hate white pickguards and I didn't have anything else laying around. It was a slow Saturday morning so why not? Funds are low currently, so I figured I'd make my own tort guard with Bic permanent markers.

    I started with the white original guard, sanded it with 220 grit and a tan marker. Other white guard for reference.

    Next, orange.

    Then red.

    Then light brown.

    Then dark brown.

    Does it look great? Not really. But it beats white in my opinion. 15 minutes well spent.
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    It looks like a 5 year old scribbled all over your pick guard IMHO. If I were you I would spray it with some black spray paint and call it a day.
  3. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH

    Anything looks better than white. Never been a fan. I think a white guard makes an otherwise aesthetically pleasing bass look cheap.
  4. LagBox


    Mar 3, 2013
    I kinda like it, makes me think Jackson Pollock.
  5. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    A few more swipes with the dark red/brown is needed!
  6. quite_angry


    Aug 6, 2012
    Nah, where's the adventure in that? I don't care, it's a $40 bass. I just wanted to try something different. I'll get a real tort guard eventually.
  7. quite_angry


    Aug 6, 2012
    I think I might agree with that.
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have a red tort guard you can have if you want it. I'm not a huge fan of tort, and absolutely despise red tort, so I will never use it. PM me if you want it.
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I hand painted one of the tort pickguards in this photo. I ended up going with a plain black pickguard on that bass.

  10. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Anything is better than white ... you just need to cover the remaining white spots with a black marker and BOOM! :)
  11. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    One approach is to do what I did and spent about $600 for parts to mod the hell out of a $130 SX. Definitely not cost effective, but cost effective wasn't my goal.

    The opposite approach is what you did. That's a $40 bass, so why not? It's a whole lot more cost effective than the crazy decision I made, and it's an interesting idea. Although, I agree with the others who suggested that filling it in more completely would make it look better.
  12. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    How about buying some paisley contact paper and covering the PG with that?

    Not a fan of the current look. I'd rather get a rattle can and paint it.
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    When you put sticky back stuff on a PG, do you trim it so the bevel shows or do you trim it so the bevel is covered?
  14. Not too bad really, from a distance it looks tortesque...
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Dunno. Contact paper is cheap and easy to experiment with. I'd trim so the bevel shows, as paper hanging over the bevel would provide a place to start peeling anyway. Bet a new Xacto knife blade and patience would do it.
  16. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Lol...you should sell them on ebay. Seriously.
  17. ShonenCello


    Sep 21, 2011
    I liked the 2nd lightly scribbled one the best. The one with orange.

    Might try that one day.
  18. It looks better than some of the modern tort examples I've seen, and I agree that anything is better than white.
  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I'm not sure about contact paper, but I tried to mask a PG a while back with regular blue tape with the idea of cutting a pattern into the tape for painting. I covered the guard with strips of 2" tape and then took my usual single edge razor blade and was going to trim the tape to the edges of the guard so the whole thing (including the bevel) were covered. Turned out the guard was so thin on the outer edge I found myself cutting in to it no matter how hard I tried to avoid doing so. The tape was harder to cut than the edge of the guard which made it a major PITA and hardly worth it. I found it much simpler to lay the blade against the bevel and cut so the bevel was exposed than trying to cut down to the edge of the guard. To avoid painting the bevel I went around it with a bit of liquid mask after trimming the tape. If it was not so expensive I'd just use liquid mask to do the whole guard, or just get a precut mask and then fill the rest with liquid mask.
  20. my bass has contact paper on the guard. looks awesome and stays on just fine. definitely leave the bevel show.