Tortoise shell bonanza...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nerkoids, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    I like tortoise shell. Just bought myself a sheet to get a lefty pickguard for my P-bass clone (the standard Fender/Squier ones don't fit, neither do the GFS/TNT/etc..., so gots to make my own)

    Got this off e-bay for like 23 bucks CND:




    They call this 'magma' tortoise shell. Much prettier in person than the photos suggest. It's not a photo print, thankfully, but real swirl, and it does have a certain depth and translucence about it. Going to call up my local luthier and have her fashion me a pickguard, offer her the leftovers. She probably could finagle a few SG or Les Paul or even some archtop type pickguards.

    It's kinda of a shame that a P-bass doesn't have nearly an efficient footprint like a Jazz's. I could easily fashion a couple of Jazzes or even Teles from this sheet (43 cm x 29 cm)

    For those interested to get themselves a blank:
  2. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    I loves me some tort.

    here's the thing, has anyone ever seen a tortoise with a shell like that?
  3. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    I like it better for a bass- let the tortoise keep its shell.
    BTW: I've found some of the real stuff on the beach, and it's pretty, especially if back-lit,
    but not nearly as dynamic as the sheet above.
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  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    After seeing this, I bought a sheet from the same source. It IS pretty!

    When cutting the sheet, you get that familiar "vicks vapo-rub" nitrocellulose smell.
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