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Sales: parts and tools - pickguards

I can supply a wide range of pickguards. I don't try to compete with suppliers of cheap Far Eastern pickguards, but can offer a variety of good-quality US-sourced designs. Sheet stock is available too, and I make non-standard designs to order.

I particularly like the retro Tor-Tis and Tortoloid styles developed by luthiers John Greven and Mario Proulx, which use poured resins and dyes to create individual replicas of vintage styles.

I also have a variety of Larrivee guards, some bearutiful vintage-style celluloid guards, and a cheaper range of correctly sized vinyl guards. These aren't in the same league as the handmade types, but are a good option on a cheaper guitar.

I'm not going to list everything I stock or can obtain here, so please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something.

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  Tor-Tis pickguards

Tortoloid pickguards

Larrivee pickguards

Vintage celluloid pickguards

Other pickguards


Tor-Tis pickguards

I can supply the full range of Tor-Tis pickguards, developed by the world-renowned luthier John Greven. Greven's Tor-Tis faux tortoise shell is not only strikingly attractive, it's highly durable and provides a sound and feel nearly identical to the real thing. Impact and scratch resistant, it will not shrink or crack. The precast pickguards come with an elegant radiused edge so that they appear to have been "finished in".

Greven pickguards are individually created using a resin casting technique; actual appearance will differ slightly from the stock photos shown here. Because they are semi-transparent, colouration will change slightly when mounted on a guitar. I keep the most popular ones, and can obtain all of the remainder to special order.

Most standard Martin shapes are available, as are the Gibson J-200, J-185, J-50, J-45 and L-00, which look great in a 'prewar firestripe' style. Blank sheet is also available, in two sizes, and I can make other shapes to order - see for example the Custom J-45 in dark Tor-Tis, and Taylor in firestripe.

The following images demonstrate the range of styles available, but are not all in-stock examples. If you want a pic of an actual pickguard I have in stock, or would like a template, drop me an email.

Tor-Tis dark OM pickguard
OM, Dark
Shape Styles Available Soundhole Radius
D-28 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 15/32" (62.71mm)
D-45 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 37/64" (65.18mm)
Medium Teardrop/000 (aka 'Small D') 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 7/16" (61.91mm)
OM 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 7/16" (61.91mm)
J-45 (custom only) 50s Vintage, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 15/32" (62.71mm)
J-200 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 23/64" (59.93mm)
L-00 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 2 15/16" (61.91mm)
Sheet Styles Available Size
Large Sheet 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 7.5" x 12.0" (190.50mm x 304.80mm)
Small Sheet 30s Vintage, 50s Vintage, Light, Medium, Dark, Amber Firestripe, Red Firestripe 4.5" x 7.5" (114.30mm x 190.50mm)
Tor-Tis D-28 30s Vintage pickguard
D-28, 30s Vintage
Tor-Tis D-28 50s Vintage pickguard
D-28, 50s Vintage
Tor-Tis D-28 Dark pickguard
D-28, Dark
Tor-Tis D-28 pickguard, firestripe, amber
D-28, firestripe, amber
TTor-Tis D-28 pickguard, firestripe, red
D-28, firestripe, red
Tor-Tis D-45 50s Vintage pickguard
D-45, 50s Vintage
Tor-Tis D-45 Dark pickguard
D-45, dark
Tor-Tis D-45  pickguard, firestripe, amber
D-45, firestripe, amber
Tor-Tis Medium teardrop/000 Firestripe pickguard
Medium teardrop/000, firestripe, amber
Tor-Tis Medium teardrop/000 30s Vintage pickguard
Medium teardrop/000, 30s Vintage
Tor-Tis Medium teardrop/000 50s Vintage pickguard
Medium teardrop/000, 50s Vintage
Tor-Tis Medium teardrop/000 Dark pickguard
Medium teardrop/000, dark
Tor-Tis OM 30s Vintage pickguard
OM, 30s Vintage
Tor-Tis OM 40s Vintage pickguard
OM, 40s Vintage
Tor-Tis OM 50s Vintage pickguard
OM, 50s Vintage
Tor-Tis OM Firestripe pickguard
OM, firestripe, amber
Tor-Tis OM Medium pickguard
OM, Medium
Tor-Tis OM Dark pickguard
OM, Dark
Tor-Tis L-00 30s Vintage pickguard
L-00, 30s Vintage
Tor-Tis L-00 50s Vintage pickguard
L-00, 50s Vintage
 
Tor-Tis L-00 Dark pickguard
L-00, Dark
Tor-Tis L-00 Firestripe pickguard
L-00, firestripe, amber
 
Tor-Tis custom J-45 Dark pickguard
Custom J-45, Dark
Tor-Tis custom J-45 Firestripe pickguard
J-45, firestripe, amber
Tor-Tis J-200 Dark pickguard
J-200, Dark
Tor-Tis J-200 Dark pickguard
J-200, Dark
Tor-Tis J-200 Amber Firestripe pickguard
J-200, firestripe, amber
Tor-Tis small sheet, 50s Vintage
Small sheet, 50s Vintage
Tor-Tis small sheet, dark
Small sheet, dark

Tor-Tis small sheet, firestripe, amber
Small sheet, firestripe, amber

Tor-Tis custom Tele Medium pickguard
Custom Tele, Medium
Tor-Tis custom Taylor pickguard, firestripe, amber
Custom Taylor, firestripe, amber

Tor-Tis custom Taylor dreadnought, Dark
Custom Taylor dreadnought, Dark

Ordering Tor-Tis Pickguards

update I have a good selection in stock - find the shape you want, select the style, and click the Add to Basket button to check. You won't be able to order if it is not in stock.

I can take special orders, but they are extremely slow at present. If you are thinking of placing a special order please contact me first. I can't do Tele pickguards at present, large sheet isn't available.


If you want a pic of an actual pickguard I have in stock, or would like a template, drop me an email.


Pre-shaped pickguards are backed with 3M self-adhesive film (as used by Martin, Taylor and others) and ready for installation. For uncut Tor-Tis sheets, the adhesive film needs to be ordered separately.

Shape Price Select Style and Add to Basket (Stock)
D-28 59.00
D-45 59.00
Medium Teardrop/000 52.00
OM 52.00
J-45 (50s vintage shape) 59.00
J-200 75.00
L-00 59.00
Sheet 7.5"x12.0" 82.00
Sheet 4.5"x7.5" 59.00
Pickguard adhesive sheet, 3M, double-sided 5.50
 
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Tortoloid pickguards

Tortoloid is a handsome new pickguard material developed by luthier Mario Proulx, using poured resins and dyes to reproduce the look of actual tortoise shell. Available in a range of classic styles, it has semi-transparent areas that intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance. Tortoloid will add a vintage touch to your guitar.

Each Tortoloid pickguard or sheet is individually made. Like natural shell, no two have exactly the same pattern. The highly durable material is .025" thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage. It's a little thinner than the Greven Tor-Tis material, which can be an advantage on some guitars. The shape of the dreadnought version is authentic, too, and a good fit on most modern dreads. I also have a slightly over-size version, about 1/8" larger all round, which is very handy if you need to avoid the 'tan line' that can show when old pickguards are removed.

The pre-shaped guards come with 3M self-adhesive sheet attached ready for installation. The adhesive film needs to be purchased separately for the sheet stock.

Tortoloid pickguard
D-28 dreadnought, antique tortoise

This pickguard replicates the look of antique tortoise-shell and is is cut to fit most dreadnought guitars. Has a slight bevel to the edge, and is adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Modern Martin 40.00
Over-size 40.00

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Tortoloid antique tortoise D-28 dreadnought pickguard
Tortoloid sheet stock - antique tortoise

This sheet stock is 4-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 0.025" (120.65mm x 190.50mm x 0.64mm). This includes sufficient usable material for cutting most traditional pickguard shapes. It's thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage. When the pickguard is installed on a typical spruce guitar top, the colour and 3-dimensional depth closely match actual antique Hawksbill tortoise shell used by Martin in the '30s. Semi-transparent amber areas intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance.

Warm the sheet before cutting. Adhesive film needs to be bought separately for installation.

Antique tortoise 42.00

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Tortoloid sheet stock,antique tortoise
Tortoloid sheet stock - red swirl

This sheet stock is 4-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 0.025" (120.65mm x 190.50mm x 0.64mm). This includes sufficient usable material for cutting most traditional pickguard shapes. It's thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage. When the pickguard is installed on a typical spruce guitar top, the colour and 3-dimensional depth closely match the look of early-1940s Martin celluloid pickguards, with red-browns replacing the amber. Semi-transparent amber areas intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance.

Warm the sheet before cutting. Adhesive film needs to be bought separately for sheet material.

Red swirl 42.00

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Tortoloid sheet stock, red swirl
Tortoloid Vintage J-45/J-50 - red swirl

This pickguard is a good match for 1950s Gibson J-45s and J-50s. Individually made from sheet stock, so patterns vary. Semi-transparent amber areas intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance.

Backed with 3M adhesive film ready for installation.

Red swirl 59.00

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Tortoloid Vintage J-45/J-50 - red swirl
Tortoloid sheet stock - tigerstripe (firestripe)

This sheet stock is 4-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 0.025" (120.65mm x 190.50mm x 0.64mm). This includes sufficient usable material for cutting most traditional pickguard shapes. It's thin, flexible, and resists shrinkage. When the pickguard is installed on a typical spruce guitar top, the colour and 3-dimensional depth closely match antique Gibson pickguards. Amber is recommended for soundboards with a light sunburst or natural finish, red to complement darker sunbursts.Semi-transparent areas intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance.

Warm the sheet before cutting the sheet. Adhesive film needs to be bought separately for sheet material.

Amber tigerstripe 42.00
Red tigerstripe 42.00

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Tortoloid sheet stock, amber tigerstripe
Tortoloid Vintage J-45/J-50 - tigerstripe (firestripe)

This pickguard is a good match for the antique 'firestripe' pattern used on many vintage Gibsons. Individually made from sheet stock, so patterns vary. Semi-transparent amber areas intensify the colour of the soundboard to complement your guitar's appearance. Looks especially good against a Gibson sunburst top.

Backed with 3M adhesive film ready for installation.

Amber tigerstripe 59.00

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Tortoloid Vintage J-45/J-50 - amber tigerstripe

Larrivee pickguards

Genuine Larrivee replacement pickguards. Authentic celluloid, the same as vintage pickguards, but with a clear acrylic overlay to prevent the shrinkage problems vintage guards suffer from. Hand-cut, so patterns may vary. The grain of the top will show through the translucent lighter parts when installed.

Larrivee D/L/000 and SD pickguard

This Larrivee pickguard is cut to fit most of their larger guitars. Has a slight bevel to the edge, and is adhesive backed ready for fitting.

28.95

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Larrivee D/L/000 and SD pickguard
Larrivee D/L/000 and SD pickguard
Larrivee OM pickguard

This smaller Larrivee teardrop pickguard is cut to fit their OM sized guitars. Has a slight bevel to the edge, and is adhesive backed ready for fitting.

28.95

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Larrivee OM pickguard
Larrivee OM pickguard

Vintage celluloid pickguards

These are hand-made for me in the USA. These are the most authentic 'vintage style' pickguards I can obtain and are beautifully made from traditionally patterned celluloid before being bevelled and polished to a high gloss. They come in two styles - dark brown, similar to that used on Collings guitars, and a medium brown. Fitted with 3M 467 adhesive film ready for installation.

I stock the most common styles, including some lefties. Let me know if you need a different shape.
D-18/D-28 style dreadnought celluloid pickguard - dark

This Martin-style dark brown pickguard is cut to fit most dreadnought and larger sized guitars. Nicely bevelled and ready to install.

Right hand 55.00
Left hand 55.00

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D-18/D-28 style dreadnought celluloid pickguard - dark
D-45 style dreadnought celluloid pickguard - medium

This Martin-style medium brown pickguard is cut to fit D-45 and similar dreadnought sized guitars with additional soundhole purfling rings. Has an attractive bevel to the edge, and is adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Right hand 55.00

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D-45 style dreadnought celluloid pickguard - medium
OM style dreadnought celluloid pickguard - dark

This Martin OM style pickguard is cut to fit most OM and smaller sized acoustic guitars. Has an attractive bevel to the edge, and is adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Right hand 55.00

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OM style celluloid pickguard - dark
J-45/J-50 (1950s) style acoustic guitar pickguard - dark

This Gibson style pickguard is the style fitted to 1950s J-45s and J-50s. It is also an excellent match for other Gibson-style guitars, such as slope-shouldered dreadnoughts. Attractive bevel to the edge. Adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Right hand 55.00

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J-45/J-50 (1950s) style acoustic guitar pickguard - dark

Other pickguards

These pickguards are cut from PVC sheet and polished to a high gloss. Hand-cut to mimic the natural variations of tortoiseshell, so patterns may vary. Adhesive backed ready for fitting.

The Martin dreadnought teardrop style is that commonly used on dreads and jumbos and is also suitable for most smaller folk guitars. Radius at soundhole edge 2-3/8" (60.32mm).

The Martin OM is a smaller pickguard with a 2 7/16" (61.91mm) radius.

I often get asked for pickguards to fit Little Martins - they are not available from the usual sources. Even though the laminate top of a Little Martin is pretty robust, a good pickguard definitely improves the look. These are hand-made to fit Little Martins and similar guitars with a soundhole radius of 1 13/16" and a soundhole purfling ring radius of 2 1/32".

I also supply custom made pickguards in other well-known styles, such as Taylor and 1950s Gibson J-45/J-50.


Pickguard, dark red tortoise

The dark red tortoise pickguards pictured here are made from the same standard reddish material found on countless 'well-known' guitars.

Dreadnought, Martin style 15.50
Martin OM style 19.95
Little Martin/LX/LXM style 19.95
1950s Gibson J-45/J-50 style 19.95
Gibson L-00 style 19.95
Taylor style 19.95
Small sheet, 5" x 8" x .030" 18.00
Medium sheet, 8" x 10" x .030" 28.00
Large sheet, 11 1/2" x 17 3/8" x .030" 46.00

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Pickguard, dark red tortoise, Martin dreadnought style
Dark red tortoise, Martin dreadnought style
Pickguard, dark red tortoise, 1950s Gibson J-45/J-50 style
Dark red tortoise, 1950s Gibson J-45/J-50 style
Pickguard, dark red tortoise, Taylor style
Dark red tortoise, Taylor style

Pickguard, 30s vintage style tortoise

Use as a replacement pickguard or as an economical alternative to the Tor-Tis line of pickguards. This pickguard is similar in colour to Vintage Tor-Tis pickguards, and is a replica of the pickguards fitted to prewar Martins. Adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Dreadnought, Martin style 15.50
Martin OM style 19.95
Little Martin/LX/LXM style 19.95
1950s Gibson J-45/J-50 style 19.95
Gibson L-00 style 19.95
Taylor style 19.95
Medium sheet, 7" x 11.5" x .020" 39.00

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Pickguard, 30s vintage style tortoise
30s vintage style tortoise, Martin dreadnought style
Pickguard, 30s vintage style tortoise
30s vintage style tortoise, Martin OM style

Pickguard, yellow (or light) tortoise

Use as a replacement pickguard or as an economical alternative to the Tor-Tis line of pickguards. This pickguard is very similar in colour to Light Tor-Tis pickguards. Adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Dreadnought, Martin style 15.50
Martin OM style 19.95
Little Martin/LX/LXM style 19.95
1950s Gibson J-45/J-50 style 19.95
Gibson L-00 style 19.95
Taylor style 19.95
Medium sheet, 7" x 11.5" x .020" 39.00

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Pickguard, yellow tortoise
Yellow (or light) tortoise, Martin dreadnought style
Pickguard, yellow tortoise
Yellow (or light) tortoise, Martin OM style
Pickguard, yellow tortoise
Yellow (or light) tortoise, Little Martin/LX/LXM style
Pickguard, yellow tortoise
Yellow (or light) tortoise, Taylor style

Pickguard, black

A good-quality replacement PVC sheet pickguard, similar to that used on many 70s and 80s guitars. Adhesive backed ready for fitting.

Dreadnought, Martin style 8.50
Little Martin/LX/LXM style 14.50

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Pickguard, black, Martin dreadnought style
Black pickguard, Martin dreadnought style
Black pickguard, Little Martin/LX/LXM style
Black pickguard, Little Martin/LX/LXM style

Pickguard, medium tortoise

This is a good-quality pickguard in a 'medium tortoiseshell'. Adhesive backed ready for fitting. 0.025" x 7" x 3-13/16" (0.64mm x 177.80mm x 80.96mm). Martin dreadnought style radius at soundhole edge 2-3/8" (60.32mm).

Dreadnought, Martin style 14.50

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Pickguard, dreadnought, medium tortoise
Medium tortoise, Martin dreadnought style

Pickguard adhesive sheet, 3M, double-sided

This double-sided adhesive is used by most leading high-end guitar makers.

5.50

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LMI FTFTSS 3M adhesive sheet