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Making tort pickguard look old / red

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by dcarwin, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. dcarwin


    Feb 11, 2013
    I'm putting together a P-bass, and the body will be black nitro. (It's getting clear sprayed as I write). I intend to put a tort pickguard on there.

    What I want (out of the tort pickguard) is that bright white/red look that will contrast with the black body. [This is versus the darker tobacco color that many tort looks like when new] I have a warmoth cellulose pickguard in hand, and I was wondering if there is a treatment or process I can apply to bring out some brightness in the pickguard.

    Here's an example pic. Not the best example but it shows a slight difference:


    I am looking to make my guard look more like the one on the right.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  2. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    I think the one on the right is red tortoise and the one on the left is brown tortoise.

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