I made my own tortoiseshell pickguard... And it took me one year!

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Post by August » Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:28 pm

The first go looks really good, and I kind of love the fade. How did I miss this??? Looking forward to buying a Jazzmaster and Jazz Bass guard if this pans out. Wishing you luck and success in this venture OP.

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Post by bzhyoyo » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:50 am

In my endless search for good looking tort (which is pretty rare, as everybody here knows), I stumbled upon this thread. Man, if ever you open a business, and if the price is a little cheaper than Spitfire, then count me in as your first customer in France ! I prefer more dark red shades, but I suppose it can be adjusted to taste. Keeping an eye on this, definitely!

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Post by fritzypatzy » Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:02 am

Hi guys!

Sorry for the long stretch of silence here. I've started officially the production of handmade tortoiseshell pickguards lately, so I wanted to give you an update!

Here's a completed mij jaguar pickguard with light relic and a pretty wild jazzmaster in the making.

There's also a website that will be online in a few days:
www.avantguardshop.com

I will be selling a first small batch of jag and jm pickguards and taking orders.

You can also dm me already if you fancy what you see ;)

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Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:38 am

It looks great!!

Good luck with the sales :)
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Post by antisymmetric » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:23 am

Looking good!
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Post by invisible man » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:15 pm

Awesome, signed up. Looking forward to the posts of new customers with your guards on their ‘tars.
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Post by arkivel » Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:08 pm

andy_tchp wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:09 pm
Unicorn Warrior wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:18 pm
Despite your potential, you’re not there yet. If I’m in the market to spend that money on a guard I’m going to side with the maker whose already pretty much there.
FWIW if I was in the market I would pay a premium price (aka 'too expensive' in OSG-speak) for the Jaguar pickguard pictured on the previous page.

I would not do the same for a guard from Spitfire that 'should' look like what I requested when it finally gets made to order.


If you can stock a small webstore/Reverb page that shows pictures of actual guards for sale that people can purchase, they'll sell themselves.
The idea of spending a fairly large amount of money for a pick guard before its made and without seeing it kind of boggles my mind.

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:42 pm

arkivel wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:08 pm
andy_tchp wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:09 pm
Unicorn Warrior wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:18 pm
Despite your potential, you’re not there yet. If I’m in the market to spend that money on a guard I’m going to side with the maker whose already pretty much there.
FWIW if I was in the market I would pay a premium price (aka 'too expensive' in OSG-speak) for the Jaguar pickguard pictured on the previous page.

I would not do the same for a guard from Spitfire that 'should' look like what I requested when it finally gets made to order.


If you can stock a small webstore/Reverb page that shows pictures of actual guards for sale that people can purchase, they'll sell themselves.
The idea of spending a fairly large amount of money for a pick guard before its made and without seeing it kind of boggles my mind.
I would normally agree, but I jumped on the Spitfire train for my Jaguar Bass, and it came out great. The only thing I knew was that I wanted it orange, and it was kind of fun not knowing how it would exactly look. That's not something I'd do for many things, if any (or anything else). I'm not a Spitfire fanboy either. He makes nice stuff, but I'm also not the type of person who believes that tort should go on everything. Honestly, I usually prefer parchment or mint on guitars.
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Post by sal paradise » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:58 am

That’s how one commissions art, buildings etc. I love the idea of unique creations that you can only guide.

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Post by postboredom » Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:26 pm

this is awesome!

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Post by tdksa90 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:58 pm

Looks great! I signed up at your website. :)

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Post by JamesSGBrown » Thu Dec 02, 2021 7:50 am

Signed up! Interested in one for me newly purchased AV65 Jag....

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Post by fritzypatzy » Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:45 pm

Hi all,

Thanks so much for your support! I'm very proud to announce it first on OSG:
We're now online at www.avantguardshop.com

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There's a first handful of pickguards available and we're also taking orders for all your tortoiseshell needs.
More pickguards are coming soon. You can check us out on instagram if you want to get notified ;)

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Post by JamesSGBrown » Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:00 pm

Just messaged about a USA spec Jag guard for my new AV65!

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Post by epizootics » Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:25 pm

They look great! And the price is more than fair.
It is really nice to know that we now have an option for quality tort in Europe. Will you be selling blanks at some point for the ones of us who stubbornly refuse to make anything in standard shapes or sizes? :)

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