Bakelite Month at Tiny Tone!

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Bakelite Month at Tiny Tone!

Here at Tiny Tone we’ve been discussing how some materials seem a bit underrated, so in addition to kicking off what we hope will be a fairly regular blog, we thought we’d introduce a new monthly feature; shining a spotlight on a new material each month which we think deserves a bit more love, and offering it at a big discount so more people can have a chance to try it out for the first time and see what they think!

Of course, once we have your guard here on file we can cut you any future pick guards at a discount, so if you’re an existing customer or decide you’d like to try something different in future, you can own an additional guard at a fraction of the price!

For our first monthly spotlight we’ve chosen to feature BAKELITE- the material that started it all!

The offer is on until the 1st May 2021

 

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Get started by clicking below and selecting Bakelite in the colours box we’ll auto apply the discount to your quote

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bakelite pickguard charlie christian pickup
bakelite scratch plate charlie christian pickup
brown bakelite pickguard
brown bakelite scratchplate sample
Worn bakelite brown pickguard
Harmony H22 Bass scratchplate
bakelite custom pickguard
Fano real bakelite pickguard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in 1950, Leo Fender needed a suitable material to protect the front of his Broadcaster/Esquire designs, and at the time Bakelite was the only logical answer, as a precursor to modern plastic as we know it.

First developed in 1907 as a replacement for shellac, Bakelite, (or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride to use its catchy proper name), was formed from a reaction between phenol and formaldehyde and quickly recognized as revolutionary for its properties; electrically non-conductive, heat resistant, easy to shape, and of course extremely hard. It’s certainly aggressive towards our tools!

Bakelite phone

 

It was rapidly used for electrical item casings/insulators, kitchenware, buttons, furniture, tools, firearm grips, in addition to many of the applications now granted to more modern forms of plastic- so by 1950, it would have been the only logical choice for Leo Fender on his quest for a cheap, easy to make and hardwearing material to protect his new line of instruments!

 

 

So why bother with it in 2021?

Brown Bakelite pickguard
harmony h22 bass guitar

For starters, it looks great. We can offer it in either black or brown, and it has a shiny finish with slight grain.

The black stock in particular will look great on most guitars, though of course it’ll never look more at home then on a blonde Telecaster or 51-style P-Bass. It has a unique feel and surface texture too which is near impossible to replicate- and our brown material comes without any protective cover, so will be freshly pre-relic’d straight out of the box!

But whatever your instrument, consider taking advantage of our offer and giving it a makeover with a retro material that’s normally one of our most expensive!

 

 

 

As this is our first time trying a promotion like this, for a limited time only we’re offering all bakelite sheet material at a whopping 50% discount! This means ordering a bakelite guard in the next few weeks will slash up to £25 off your final bill, in addition to your repeat-cut discount if you’re an existing customer!

Naturally, stock is limited at this crazy price so it’s first-come, first-served..!

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Ts & Cs

Offer will be applied to all jobs quoted for before 1st May 2021 where bakelite is selected as the material in our quote form. 50% discount applies to sheet material only– other fees such as labour and postage still apply. Your discount will be visible on the itemised price estimate we send out to you once you’ve filled out our quote form here: tinytone.co.uk/custom-scratchplate-request-form/. Brown material will come with some surface scratching (or ‘relic’ing’…) due to the lack of protective layer found on our black material. Repeat customer discount only applies to customer jobs for which we already have a specific template for, having made a guard for them previously.

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