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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by KingCrimson, Apr 9, 2010.
Seriously? I'm ordering a custom guard for my bass and they cost 20$ more.
I know! It's not like the're hard to catch.
different materials cost different amounts
paint a pickguard brown and swirl in some orange and yellows.
but yeah, they are ridiculously expensive.
Yes but they seem all plastic, pickguardian charges 20$ more for tortoise shell and 10$ more for pearloid.
I would think that pearloid and tort would be the same price.
Its PLASTIC how can it be 20$ more, they already cost like 50$
Unlike solid color pickguards, tortoiseshell pickguards are made of celluloid, which is a more expensive material than vinyl. It's nitrocellulose based and is the same stuff that Fender guitar pics and ping pong balls are made of. It's also highly flammable (for a nice demo, try burning a Fender guitar pick). You can find cheap tortoise guards made of vinyl but they don't look near as good.
More info specifically on celluloid pickguards:
Ah, capitalism! Supply and demand, or is it demand and supply?