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Why are tortoise shell guards so much more expensive?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by KingCrimson, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. KingCrimson


    Oct 6, 2008
    Seriously? I'm ordering a custom guard for my bass and they cost 20$ more.
  2. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I know! It's not like the're hard to catch.
  3. Sandor138


    Jan 16, 2010
    Providence RI
    different materials cost different amounts
  4. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    paint a pickguard brown and swirl in some orange and yellows.

    but yeah, they are ridiculously expensive.
  5. KingCrimson


    Oct 6, 2008
    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$
  6. Tusec


    Jan 10, 2010
    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.

  7. Tusec


    Jan 10, 2010
  8. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Ah, capitalism! Supply and demand, or is it demand and supply?

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