Source for genuine celluloid pickguards?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by LanEvo, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    I'm looking for a genuine celluloid pickguard for a '62 Jazz in the old "red tort" style. Modern (PVC?) pickguards with (I'm assuming) fake patterns printed on them don't look right to me.

    Any leads?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    The celluloid ones are a fake pattern as well. Meant to look like the polished shell of a dead turtle.
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  3. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    ^^^ considering no Fender (or any other modern guitar) has ever come with a pickguard made of actual tortoise shells, I think most people will understand what we’re talking about here.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Try typing "celluloid pickguard" in your browser, and search away. I just did - and found more celluloid tort pickguards than I care to look at, personally. But, be sure you read about the dangers and drawbacks of nitrocelluloid, too. There are pretty good reasons this stuff isn't used much anymore...:whistle:
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
  5. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Great to start fires with...