Repairing Vintage Tort Guard Crack

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Repairing Vintage Tort Guard Crack

Post by mjb234 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:58 am

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I recently scored a late '65/early '66 jazzmaster in pretty great shape. The original pickguard however does have a complete crack (all the way through the guard) near one of the screws. I tried a cheap replacement guard but realised nothing quite has the look of the original & would rather use the original if I can.

What would be the best way to try a repair on this crack? Would superglue be enough to hold it together? Or should I just tape over it & live with the asthetic issue?

Thanks In advance!

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Re: Repairing Vintage Tort Guard Crack

Post by graceless » Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:53 am

Would be cool if there was some form of Kintsugi for cracked tort. Gold powder and resin combined to show the crack rather than hide it. In any case, I have nothing more to add, but wish you luck on your endeavor.

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Re: Repairing Vintage Tort Guard Crack

Post by sholkham » Tue May 18, 2021 1:04 pm

You could use superglue but there is also special glue for plastic, just make sure that if you get one it's good for celluloid
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Re: Repairing Vintage Tort Guard Crack

Post by SWFC68 » Fri May 21, 2021 3:15 pm

I've had some success using acetone and clamping the two halves together. the acetone i brushed on with a small fine paintbrush, into the broken edges and then the tort melted together under the clamp. its not invisible but it does hold

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