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    I wanted a pickguard for the new Crystal Forest mandolin I just bought and decided to make one. This was my first time shaping a guard so please be kind.

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    Looks good to me Joey.

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    Very nice, the shape suits it well!
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    I think the style of the pick guard matches the mandolin very well. Where did you get the celluloid, how did you shape and then bind it to the mandolin top? BTW is that a cedar topped mandolin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Very nice, the shape suits it well!
    Thanks! I did it freehand and got lucky haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Daniel View Post
    I think the style of the pick guard matches the mandolin very well. Where did you get the celluloid, how did you shape and then bind it to the mandolin top? BTW is that a cedar topped mandolin?
    Bernie I bought the material from Stewmac. Warmed it up in warm water for a bit, cut it with scissors, sanding the edges with 600 grit (or a file works as well) then smoother the edges with micro sanding pads of 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000 and then used swirl remover polish to polish it all out.

    The top is red spruce actually. As for binding it to the top... Stewmac sells 3M double side film sheets for these type of acoustic guitar pickguard materials that doesn’t have an adhesive backing.
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    I think it looks great!

    Very cleanly cut and matches the aesthetic of the instrument very well IMO.

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    Nice job, Joey! Looks like it belongs there.
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    Looks very nice Joey. I really like the way some areas are transparent. Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crooksj View Post
    Looks very nice Joey. I really like the way some areas are transparent. Good job!
    So do I and thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey Anchors View Post
    So do I and thank you!
    What kind of glue did you use? Nice work. I really want to do some of those tiger stripe epoxy pickguards on some flat-tops I have planned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    What kind of glue did you use? Nice work. I really want to do some of those tiger stripe epoxy pickguards on some flat-tops I have planned...
    This is the product I used. Easy to use.

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    Nice, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Nice, thanks.
    Anytime glad I could help! Love your work and post pictures of that flattop project.
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    Post a photos of those new tuners and headstock

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDMpicker View Post
    Post a photos of those new tuners and headstock
    Say no more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey Anchors View Post
    I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one and with me as my main mando for years!
    Seems highly likely, Joey. I'm still diggin' my Crystal Forest seven years in (Terry's #14).
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    Great job - looks like it's original!
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    So here’s a quick mock-up with the hardware.
    What do you all think?

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    Looks nice Joey. Thanks for kind comments

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