“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

Tor-Tis™ Pickguards

Tor-tis™ shapes: small teardrop OM, mid-size teardrop/small MartinD, J-185, J-200, D-28, D45, L-00, J-45/J-15 

Tor-tis™ is a great pickguard product designed to match the original tortoise-style pick-guards of the '30s and '40s, but with many more advantages. Impact and scratch resistant, it will not shrink or crack. The precast pickguards are finished nicely with a radiused edge so that they appear to have been "finished in." These pickguards are highly refractive and chemically inert - untouched by all solvents. They are produced resins backed by 25 plus years of industrial use.

All our Tor-tis products are made in-house – meaning quality control is very high. We feature a photo of each and every Tor-tis pickguard we offer, so the pickguard you choose is the pickguard you get. If you don't see what you like now, you may in a week or two, because these things sell like hotcakes! 

A template (.pdf) of each pickguard shape can be printed out to determine if the pickguard is the right size for your application. Make sure when printing out .pdf's that you print at 100% and check the printed ruler against your ruler to verify the size is correct. Then you can cut the shape out and see if it works for you.

Every Tor-tis pickguard is pictured individually, so you can pick the actual one you want!
Just click on the shape below, and then select your favorite.


A review of various pickguard material
and their installation with Robbie O'Brien.