Pickguards are one of those guitar accessories that are easy to forget about. I mean you buy a guitar and they are just there doing their thing… until now.
Pickguards protect the top of your guitar and end up being a nice accent around the soundhole. The pickguard is also an opportunity to aesthetically upgrade your guitar.
Back when I first got my HD35 Martin was using those weird pixelated pickguards and I couldn’t stand the look so I upgraded to a tortis pickguard. The tortis material closely imitates pre-war style pickguards and it happens to be very scratch and impact resistant so it makes for a great pickguard.
I should also mention that the patterns and swirls that this material develops look absolutely scrumptious. If you want old school fire-stripe they have it, old style 30’s swirl pattern it’s available, and they are all made at Luthiers Mercantile. Be sure to check these out if you are looking to upgrade your guitar’s pickguard or if you happen to be building your own guitar.
(Quick disclaimer: most manufacturers are using very nice looking and well-made pickguards currently so an upgrade may not be necessary. Also, if you are planning on swapping out your pickguard make sure to contact a luthier before starting to be sure your method is safe and won’t harm your guitar)
Tortis Pickguard Links