Tor-Tis pickguards were 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 can differ considerably from the stock photos shown here. The 'Vintage' styles have a swirl pattern like many old Martins. The '50s Vintage' have brownish tones; the '40s Vintage' tend to redder or red-brown tones and the '30s Vintage' have lighter browns with greenish/yellowish tones. The 'Dark' styles look more like 1920s or 30s tortoiseshell, with the 'plates' separated by lighter, translucent areas. The 'Amber Firestripe' evokes the prewar Gibson or Kalamazoo style. Contact us if you want a pic of the actual guard(s) in stock. Because they are translucent, especially in the paler areas, colouration will change slightly when mounted on a guitar.
Tor-Tis guards are produced in most standard Martin shapes are available, as are the Gibson SJ-200, the 1950s-size J-45/J-50 and the L-00, which look great in a 'firestripe' style. Blank sheet is also available. Click on the tiles below for more details. Pre-shaped guards come fitted with 3M 467 adhesive film ready for fitting; The film needs to be bought separately with the blank sheet.
Check out our pickguard templates and adhesives pages for more information about sizes.