I recently picked up a 1972 Fender P bass in decent but far from collector condition. Neck, body, pickups, tuners and (probably) bridge all appear to be original, but the pickguard and at least one pot has been replaced, it's missing a knob, there are some missing screws, etc.
The current pickguard bothers me for some reason and I want to replace it with something that doesn't have holes in the wrong places. I am far from an expert on vintage Fenders and what subtle changes might have been made from year to year, and I'd like to avoid getting the wrong thing if I can.
Does anyone know if the "60s" pickguard on the Fender website fits the '72 body? Link below: http://www.fender.com/guitar-bass-pa...uss-rod-notch/
There is no official "70s" model on the website, hence my question.
Also, it seems like white and tortoise shell are the only options sold through Fender, though I'd prefer black if available - perhaps these were the only original options offered (like I said, I'm no expert). Is Fender the only reasonable source for vintage-style replacement pickguards, assuming this particular model actually even fits my bass?
As I said, the bass is in non-collectible condition, so I'd rather not shell out "real money" for a true vintage replacement, just get something that looks decent enough to not bother me like the current one does.