I made the Tortoiseshell pickguard for this Fender USA Deluxe Jazz Bass the other day.
For some reason, Fender don’t make this bass with a torty ‘guard but I think that tortoiseshell over 3-tone sunburst is a classic look.
The material is genuine 4-ply cellulose nitrate which smells great when it’s being cut.
Making a pickguard is a time-consuming task. The first step is to make a template from MDF or plywood, sanding accurately to the outline of the pickguard. Once the template is made, the roughed-out blank is attached and trimmed with a router bit, then bevelled as and where necessary.