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Does anyone have a recommendation for somewhere to get a proper celluloid pickguard made? I find a lot of the "cheaper" printed ones look a bit flat.

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Assuming you're talking about classic 60/70s Fender tort... you're out of luck.

Spitfire do the closest repros I've seen, and the most expensive, but (IMO) they're not quite there.

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The ones WD Music sell are pretty good, definitely not printed on as you can see the colour differences through the thickness of the material.

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For a jazz ? Red or brown 

I have actual celluloid available, poured, not printed as you can see from the depth of the top layer 26D3E235-2FD8-47B8-8571-AEB8F318AB72.thumb.jpeg.0166ec25a2411f23402163dc41311973.jpeg

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I just rubbed some brown shoe polish on the white Black white layer and it looks fairly convincing as “old”. You can’t make proper old style celluloid now as the chemical they used are noxious (I understand)

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12 minutes ago, Geek99 said:

For a jazz ? Red or brown 

I have actual celluloid available, poured, not printed as you can see from the depth of the top layer 26D3E235-2FD8-47B8-8571-AEB8F318AB72.thumb.jpeg.0166ec25a2411f23402163dc41311973.jpeg

D166D6A0-7FEB-4747-8097-C341D4D2BE07.jpeg
 

 

I just rubbed some brown shoe polish on the white Black white layer and it looks fairly convincing as “old”. You can’t make proper old style celluloid now as the chemical they used are noxious (I understand)

Its actually for a Jazzmaster, but I thought I'd ask on here if anyone knew where to get one made up. I had one made for a P Bass by the Bass Doc many moons ago.

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I recall the Bass Doc used the 4 ply blank material from WD Music. He made about 3 for me and they were all corkers. Tort plate reproductions are my bette noir in that many of them look awful (and the Fender ones are almost the worst).

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I got a guard from this account. Look like similar guards but maybe slightly cheaper?

https://ebay.co.uk/usr/fenderparts

I bought from there as he had a range of 57/58 style 10 hole precision guards. Good stuff and fit perfectly. 

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On 08/05/2021 at 09:42, Madein1962 said:

You could try TinyTone in Manchester.

https://tinytone.co.uk/custom-scratchplates/

Tiny Tone appear to be connected to, or part of, Jack's Instrument Services in Manchester (or maybe a name change) - just north of Victoria Station and about 10 minutes walk from there.  Really good people and they've done some outstanding work for me.  I've seen some of the tort celluloid material and it's very good indeed - probably better than some that I bought from Simms.  I'd trust this outfit and it's got me thinking about some replacements for brass backplates - a way of reducing weight 

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19 minutes ago, three said:

Tiny Tone appear to be connected to, or part of, Jack's Instrument Services in Manchester (or maybe a name change) - just north of Victoria Station and about 10 minutes walk from there.  Really good people and they've done some outstanding work for me.  I've seen some of the tort celluloid material and it's very good indeed - probably better than some that I bought from Simms.  I'd trust this outfit and it's got me thinking about some replacements for brass backplates - a way of reducing weight 

Yeah I had Jack's make me a black anodised guard at one point. Good people, price and turnaround time. 

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