Is this tort legit?

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Is this tort legit?

Post by bokoharambe » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:54 pm

Hi all,

Very happy to announce I welcomed my first vintage guitar, a ‘66 Mustang, to the family today.

It does need a new pickguard, however, and I’m trying to get a vintage one to match the guitar. This one seems vintage - the seller says it’s from a 66-67 duo sonic. Do you think it’s legit?

https://reverb.com/item/38200746-fender ... t=38200746

Also please don’t buy it lol

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Re: Is this tort legit?

Post by Sweetfinger » Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:21 pm

The red looks weirdly magenta-ish, but red colors can be agonizingly difficult to get "just right" on a digital camera. The guard looks like the correct "sandwich" for that time: 3 ply, tort/white/black with the tort being really fresh ground meat-ish red.

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Re: Is this tort legit?

Post by supersonicjazzmaster » Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:44 pm

Yes. looks great.
I have the same on a 1965 and a 1966 Mustang.
Looks legit.
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Post by bokoharambe » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:30 am

Thanks all!

There’s also this guy on eBay, but the layering doesn’t look quite right:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-70s-Fend ... Swm0tf2Une

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Post by CaptainCrunch » Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:08 pm

That eBay one buries that it's an "old reissue" in the description.

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Re: Is this tort legit?

Post by batfish » Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:27 pm

I bought one of the more expensive Jazzmaster tort guard they sell, it's legit nitrate celluloid, I had to shave the neck pocket edge of the guard a bit and it smelled like the most delicious chemical mint I ever smelled. Almost like a hospital.

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Post by Gonkulator » Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:41 pm

Yes that's a legit tort guard for that time frame. Nice looking at that.

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Post by tribi9 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:17 pm

batfish wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:27 pm
I bought one of the more expensive Jazzmaster tort guard they sell, it's legit nitrate celluloid, I had to shave the neck pocket edge of the guard a bit and it smelled like the most delicious chemical mint I ever smelled. Almost like a hospital.

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Sorry about that. :(

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Re: Is this tort legit?

Post by whitewatersky » Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:06 pm

batfish wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:27 pm
I bought one of the more expensive Jazzmaster tort guard they sell, it's legit nitrate celluloid, I had to shave the neck pocket edge of the guard a bit and it smelled like the most delicious chemical mint I ever smelled. Almost like a hospital.

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Great set for a guitar photo. Really. Looks cool

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Re: Is this tort legit?

Post by Mechanical Birds » Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:34 am

Man, legit or not, that Mustang guard is hideous to me. I feel like I’ve seen a bunch of them like that from the period. Pretty weird that it’s so different from what you’d typically associate with what tort looks like because I’ve never seen it on any other Fender guitars

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