Bakelite Snakehead prototype pickguards

I had a request to make one of these so made a few whilst I was at it! These pickguards are made from “Bakelite” sheet and lacquered in clear gloss nitrocellulose . They’re made to fit replicas of Leo Fender’s 1949 “Snake head” prototype that he used to take around to clubs for artist …

Fender USA Deluxe Jazz Bass pickguard

I made the Tortoiseshell pickguard for this Fender USA Deluxe Jazz Bass the other day. For some reason, Fender don’t make this bass with a torty ‘guard but I think that tortoiseshell over 3-tone sunburst is a classic look. The material is genuine 4-ply cellulose nitrate which smells great when it’s being cut. Making …

Martin OM-18GE Tortis Pickguard

It was my pleasure to make pickguards for two Martin acoustic guitars this week. The pickguards are made from Tortis, invented by John Greven and sold through Luthiers Mercantile. This material makes beautiful pickguards, it polishes to a high gloss and the edges can be rounded for a very organic appearance. Martin OM-18GE Martin …

Gretsch inspired Telecaster

I put this Telecaster together over the weekend. It has a Warmoth replacement body and a neck and bridge from a Fender Classic Series guitar. I cut the scratchplate out of 2mm acrylic sheet and painted the back with Plasti-Kote metallic gold paint to complete the look.

Esquire bakelite pickguard on Baja Telecaster body

I just made this pickguard for a Tele fanatic. He’s making (another) Esquire, this time using the body from a Baja Telecaster. I cut the pickguard to accurate Fender dimensions (of course) and lacquered with clear gloss nitrocellulose lacquer and buffed it to a shine just like the originals. I also fitted a Texas …

Epiphone EJ-200 to Left-hand conversion

Note: In this post I refer to “left-handed” and “lefty”. This refers to a guitar which is strung, looking at the guitar face on, with the 1st string on the left and the 6th string on the right. A customer asked me to convert their brand new Epiphone acoustic to left handed. It seems …