Poll: What color pickguard would you put on a black fender bass?
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View poll results: What color pickguard would you put on a black fender bass?
Black
16 59%
White
3 11%
Some other color
8 30%
Voters: 27.
#1
So, let's say you have a classic Fender P bass, or Jazz bass, or anything of similar aesthetics. The body is black. What color pickguard would you put on it (pickguards with designs excluded, this only includes solid-colored pickguards).

I seem to be seeing white pickguards on this everywhere I go, but personally, I think a black pickguard looks pretty classy on a black Fender.


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So, what would you guys pick, in this situation?
#2
maple neck, black body and guard is an amazing combo.

Rosewood is nice with the all black but I'm a maple guy.

Tort of course works, as does mother of pearls in various colors.

Now, my bronco is black, with a maple neck and fretboard. I kept the white guard, then added black knobs and a black pickup. Similar to a Billy Corgan strat, I am also going to be giving it a match black head stock with "Bronco" in white font.

But yea an all black fender is a menacing creature.

Edit: Warmoth does an aged Pearl, that I am dying to put on a black or red bass P.
Last edited by askrere at Mar 19, 2012,
#3
White on black = putrid. Simply awful. Insulting to the eyes. And there's an association with beginner instruments for that combination that I simply can't get past. I can just about deal with it on maple boards, with rosewood it's just the worst.

Black isn't a colour I'd ever go for myself. However, my preference with black is red tort easily. Black guards on black can look good with a maple board, though I'd still prefer a red tort, and with rosewood it's just got to be red tort.
#4
Black with a maple board: black guard

Black with a rosewood board: tort guard
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#5
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And there's an association with beginner instruments for that combination that I simply can't get past.
I think that's a large part of my problem with them. A friend of mine has a black fender with a white pickguard, and I think I'm going to get him a different pickguard for his birthday, so he doesn't look like a noob.

I was thinking black originally, but does anyone know of anything a little more elaborate I could get for him? He has a Fender Squier P-bass.
Last edited by herby190 at Mar 19, 2012,
#6
Quote by herby190
I think that's a large part of my problem with them. A friend of mine has a black fender with a white pickguard, and I think I'm going to get him a different pickguard for his birthday, so he doesn't look like a noob.

I was thinking black originally, but does anyone know of anything a little more elaborate I could get for him? He has a Fender Squier P-bass.




Red tort - do it.
#7
Ohh that looks good. I've been considering repainting my Jazz bass black and it already has a red tort pickguard and a rosewood fingerboard.
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Black with a maple board: black guard

Black with a rosewood board: tort guard

Can't agree more...


Also, the previously mentioned mirror guard is an option to consider, too.
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#11
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I quite like all black, black with a white pick guard is a bit meh.

On a J-bass I love the look of no pick guard, especially in sunburst. It seems surprisingly uncommon apart from Jaco.

Anyway, Olympic white + maple fretboard master race.



See, I also thought black with white was cheap, but well my bronco just fits.

Also as I mentioned in the NBD rick thread, they have a solid white guard and look cheaper than a squier guard. WBW makes things look much better even if it's just a narrow little strip of black.


AND YES WHITE AND WHITE AND MAPLE, my mim tele is a nice creamy white with maple and a big white esquire style guard.

Black guards on white is kind of cool, that's what I had before I went esquire.
#12
ANTIGUA!!!!


If you're not willing to be THAT cool... i agree something about a white pickguard is "cheap"... i DO love a Pearloid.

If not... when in doubt, throw some 'Tort on that b*****.
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#13
There is only one correct answer here and it is this

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Red tort - do it.


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#14
It's red tort. I've got one on my 1990 MIJ Jazz. Black body, rosewood neck, red tort pickguard. Man oh man. That thing is beautiful. Seriously.
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#16
Warmoth makes a black pickguard with a black-red-black laminate that looks fantastic on a black bass. I plan to put one on one of my Jazz basses.
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