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Tortoise or Tiger?

#1 User is offline   Buc McMaster 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

Received a new tiger stripe pick guard for the J-45 today, so now begins the debate whether to install it or not...........what say ye?

The tortoise......or the tiger.....?

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The tiger has some translucence and would show the variation of the burst were it not simply lain upon the tortoise......might consider that while pondering.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:56 PM

EZ call for me Buc. The one that blends, not the one that jumps out at you. Go tort, my vote.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:58 PM

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:06 PM

So, the backing paper is still on the Tigerstripe? It might blend a little better once the paper is off of the back, and the burst can shine through.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:07 PM

Tort.
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#6 User is offline   Buc McMaster 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:15 PM

View Post62burst, on 15 May 2017 - 03:06 PM, said:

So, the backing paper is still on the Tigerstripe?

Yes. And that backing paper is a golden hue. This photo shows the backing peeled back a little to show the translucence of the guard. It would most certainly blend pretty well, showing the dark and lighter areas of the burst through.......

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:28 PM

If voting, I say tort

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:38 PM

I usually spray some red tinted lacquer on the back of those tiger/firestripe guards. It subdues the brightness a little more to my liking !
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:36 PM

I can't decide but did you know your strings are on backwards?

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:40 PM

I am a fan of tiger stripe pick guards, but I have to go with Tortoise in this case.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:46 PM

View Post62burst, on 15 May 2017 - 03:06 PM, said:

So, the backing paper is still on the Tigerstripe? It might blend a little better once the paper is off of the back, and the burst can shine through.


Yes, , , because as we see it now the tiger is too wild. .
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:05 PM

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:15 PM

I have a couple of modern Gibson firestripes, and although they aren't particularly "authentic" in appearance, they don't look bad in use. You can see two here, on the L-OO Legend in the middle and the '43 SJ reissue on the right.

Because they are much more translucent than the tortoise guards, their final appearance on the guitar depends very much on the character of the 'burst they go over. The L-OO here as a very dark 'burst, the SJ somewhat lighter. The tortoise guard (real celluloid, not some modern plastic) on the old J-45 on the left, on the other hand, is essentially opaque, so it doesn't much matter what the 'burst beneath looks like. These are my three favorite guitars, by the way, and I love the tortoise celluloid guard (a modern replacement by Ross Teigen).

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:38 PM

Thanks, Nick. I'm thinking the tiger guard on the 45 would look pretty much like your SJ there.......the tiger stripe only being really apparent over the lighter portion of the burst.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:39 PM

View PostBuc McMaster, on 15 May 2017 - 06:38 PM, said:

Thanks, Nick. I'm thinking the tiger guard on the 45 would look pretty much like your SJ there.......the tiger stripe only being really apparent over the lighter portion of the burst.



I think you're right.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 06:56 PM

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:04 PM

Tiger stripe every time!
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 07:22 PM

I like them both. The tiger stripe looks great when it's very transparent and lets the burst shine through.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 08:26 PM

Tortoise shell. Original equipment or original equipment looks in a J-45 makes it retain its J-45 coolness IMHO.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:23 PM

Reptile.
To each his own, but tiger-stripe goes down as one of the greatest travesties of guitardom ever to me.
Same goes for on big chicks' leggings, and rugs on the floors of the homes of folks who think big game hunting says 'class'. [scared] [laugh]

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