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Tortoise or Tiger?

#21 User is offline   Buc McMaster 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:41 PM

View Postrct, on 15 May 2017 - 05:36 PM, said:

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

Yeah. I keep reminding myself to fix that each time I restring the thing, but.........I always forget.


View Post'Scales, on 15 May 2017 - 09:23 PM, said:

.....tiger-stripe goes down as one of the greatest travesties of guitardom ever to me.

Not that it will affect the outcome, but I'm curious as to why a tiger guard raises your hackles so........?
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:12 PM

View PostBuc McMaster, on 15 May 2017 - 09:41 PM, said:


Not that it will affect the outcome, but I'm curious as to why a tiger guard raises your hackles so........?


I've truly no idea Buc. [confused] :)
Maybe because its been used in some of those other god-awful applications in fashion and so forth, maybe because smacks of trying to contrive a difference from T'Shell for the sake of it (I'd say the same of say elephant hide look, or cheetah spot), maybe because T'shell was actually used and was an appropriate texture/pliability for the function (as opposed to tiger-stripe which is furry in nature)... actually that feels close - modern and commercial versus old/traditional and functional...hmmm, maybe.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:46 AM

View PostBozz, on 15 May 2017 - 05:40 PM, said:

I am a fan of tiger stripe pick guards, but I have to go with Tortoise in this case.


Agree. I've got tiger stripe on my j45C and it converted me from the tortoise. It blends and is allows more of the wood grain to show through. I guess because of the stripe pattern as opposed to the burl.
But the pix you show make the tiger stripe look like a brown and gold barber shop pole.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:48 AM

View Post'Scales, on 15 May 2017 - 10:12 PM, said:

I've truly no idea Buc. [confused] :)


Otay, Spanky...........I can accept that........was just curious. There are things in my life that piss me off for no apparent reason too.

However, I do think the original J-45 model from 1942 sported a tiger guard, but it also had the non-belly rectangular bridge. I've not yet decided to make the swap......might have landed the guard just to set it aside. [biggrin]
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:09 AM

I've decided.

I like them both. If I was a J-45 player, and I'm not saying I'm not, I'm saying I don't own one but I sure would if I ran into the right one, I'd have to have two, one for each pickguard.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:20 AM

 Buc McMaster, on 16 May 2017 - 06:48 AM, said:

Otay, Spanky...........I can accept that........was just curious. There are things in my life that piss me off for no apparent reason too.

However, I do think the original J-45 model from 1942 sported a tiger guard, but it also had the non-belly rectangular bridge. I've not yet decided to make the swap......might have landed the guard just to set it aside. [biggrin]


I wouldn't try to emulate a war year model Gibson. War year model Gibson's were known to be erratic with Gibson having a shortage of parts and materials, using whatever thin stock of parts/materials/leftovers that had sitting around or could get their hands on to produce guitars. Some may be worth something today, but mainly because they were so scarce and were factory anomolies, though their quality was still Gibson-like. Just something to consider and maybe further research.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:28 AM

I can't decide this one

Want to go for the firestripe but it's a little gaudy
But sometimes gaudy is good

Gotta see it on the guitar with no backing paper for a proper judgement
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:48 AM

My '42 has the tortoise.
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:58 AM

 OldCowboy, on 16 May 2017 - 07:48 AM, said:

My '42 has the tortoise.


Very cool!

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:39 AM

Buc, my vote is for the tiger. It will look good once the backing paper is off.

The original J-45s had tortoise guards, when first introduced in 1942. Later, when war shortages hit, Gibson put firestripe guards on J-45s (probably from old stock), but I think it is pretty well established that the original intent was for them to have tortoise guards.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:34 PM

Neither. A J45 with no pickguard is badass. ;)
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:36 AM

Tiger, but frankly you can't go wrong with either one. Both look sharp.

The only thing that doesn't look good on a J-45 are Grover Rotomatics....
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:07 AM

Tigers really look good once applied. Id go with tiger.
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