“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Pickguard Material

Tor-tis™ pickguard on a guitar by Mark Geiger.
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In addition to our line of standard replacement pickguards, LMI is proud to offer the outstanding Tor-tis™ line of pickguards. Developed by luthier John Greven, these pickguards accurately recreate the beautiful, old tortoise pickguards of yore. We also carry a new, less expensive alternative to the Tor-tis™ line with similar patterns (PGTSLT and MPGTB).

Under pickguard sheets you will also find transparent pickguard material and flamenco tap plates.