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Abalone celluloid from China!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by solderjunkie, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    I ordered a full sheet of this abalone celluloid to make a couple of pickguards. It has to be one of the gaudiest things I've ever seen


    Here it is as a pickguard:


    It has the most green of any abalone pattern I've seen, and there are bonus "evil clown faces" in parts of it (if you are as prone to pareidolia as I am ;))

    I think it will look fantastic on here:

  2. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Should look interesting!

    In a 'Fun' interesting kind of way. :)
  3. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    that is awful. it looks like vomit. the blind do not need to sell pickguard blanks.
  4. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    Totally awful... and will compliment my bass perfectly! :p
  5. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    To each his own, rock on man :D:bassist:
  6. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    WAAAY cool! Congrats!

    One thing, tho.....I read something online about celluloid guards on old Hofner violin basses outgassing and ruining the chrome on brand new basses hanging on a wall! I didn't bookmark the story, but it can probably be found with a Google search. I don't know if this is even an issue with modern materials, but coming from China....?

    You might want to look into it.
  7. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    All true celluloid does that. It's the volatile nature of the material. Celluloid is only being made in China now because the process is so unfriendly. Highly flammable to the point of being explosive.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I kind of like it because it's different. My first though was that it would look great on a green bass.
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Agreed 100%...

    - georgestrings
  10. I was looking at this very material, myself. Full size, the pattern is a little more symmetrical (containing straight lines, I mean) than I had hoped, but still pretty nice looking. I was thinking it would look amazing on a Surf Green body.
  11. I like it- I lived in a house built in 1930 that had a green MOP toilet seat. Awesome
  12. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    There are evil clown faces in the pattern! There is one wearing a top hat on the upper right. Really creepy! :)
  13. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    i spy Donald Duck o_O
  14. ...and the Virgin of Guadalupe, too.
  15. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    To make the SR5 pickguard, the 'guard has to be pitched 30 degrees on the blank. I'm hoping that distracts from any symmetry in the pattern.
  16. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    We need to know more about your diet, if that's what your vomit looks like. This could be a medical emergency.
  17. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I'm guessing lots of raw green leafy vegetables and legumes with that mix.

    Hey solderjunkie, please post process pics of you making the pickguard and a how-to if you have the time, it looks like a fascinating bit of DIY.
  18. solderjunkie


    Jan 27, 2008
    Nashville TN
    Sure, man... no worries :cool:

    It will be 7-10 days according to the shipping estimate, so I'll revive this thread and add it here :ninja:
  19. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I consider it a 'stretch' for the manufacturer to call it abalone, but I agree that it will look cool on mister green bass. :cool:
  20. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Where's Waldo?

    That is cool.