Tort or black pickguard?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Telechamp, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    66
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Black
     
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  2. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Synchromatic

    743
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    I faced the same dilemma, and decided to go with tort. Everyone has black, and in this case the tortoise shell really enhances the look IMHO.
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  3. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    I like tort, speaking as a former tort addict.

    But honestly I don't like either. I'd go mint grey green or parchment/cream --match the binding.
     
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  4. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Looks great
     
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  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Telechamp,

    I am awaiting my new pickguard for my Tele Deluxe and I had started a thread about foil shielding the cavity and guard...Will you be doing that too and if so, can you post pics of how that looks?
    Thanks!
     
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  6. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

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    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Tort is classier. The black is fine <classic but plain looking> but the Tort jazzes it up a whole notch. White Pearloid would take it to a whole new level.
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
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  8. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    853
    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Tossup with those. I'd go with a creamy white to match the binding and it would be killer!
     
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  9. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Of the 2, I would go with the Tortoise shell over the black just because the brown looks better with the cream binding, IMHO.
     
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  10. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    676
    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Telechamp, if that guitar plays and sounds half as good as it looks, it's got to be killer.

    The more I look at with the black guard, the more I love it.

    Just a visually stunning Tele. That body color, black guard, and tinted neck, just all come together perfectly.
     
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  11. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

    134
    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    I am wrestling with the same question, I like a black pick guard with gold trim that I saw on another guitar. The original gold pickguard just blends in too much with the color of the wood on my Electromatic, and I almost would like a clear one so you can see more of the wood. But I kind of like the combination of wood grain and tortoise shell, but when the body is painted a solid color pickguard seems to pair better.

    On that particular Tele, I wonder what a 3 ply black pickguard would look like with a white layer in the middle of the black plys.

    Also, I want my pickguard and truss rod cover plate to match, so I might try to get a gold truss rod cover, or tortoise shell, still not sure. Or maybe I should just not worry about how it looks and get on with playing it.

    5220 original pickguard
     
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  12. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Thanks for all the replies! Looks like a mixture of opinions - same problem I'm having!

    I took a few more shots of the black p-g today, and here's another one of the tort (last pic):

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    edit: Added a pic of the weight of this one..
     
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  13. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I've got five Teles, so you may have a point there..

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  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Black. If it was dark brown tort I could be swayed, but this salami colour clashes with the blue IMO.
     
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  15. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I am actually thinking about the foil shielding, although this Daphne Blue Tele is pretty quiet. I've got a roll of DiMarzio copper shielding tape, but haven't used it yet.
     
  16. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Thanks, G5422T - It does sound and play great. And yes, I do really like the aesthetics of this one as well.
     
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  17. G5422T

    G5422T Synchromatic

    676
    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Holy Cow, that's a beautiful collection of planks.

    We must both have the same taste in colors.

    Very nice.
     
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  18. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Thanks, G5. They all sound a little different, but they all sound like Teles.. Ha
     
  19. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Country Gent

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Ha ha! :) Best advice yet.
     
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