Originally Posted by dave64o
I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think the tort looks spectacular. I have a honey burst Stingray with a tort pick guard and think it looks absolutely beautiful. The Photoshopped tort guard in your picture looks just like it.
I'm a huge burst/tort fan, so take my heavily biased opinion for what it's worth.
Dave, I totally agree with SOME of your post!
I too used to have a Honey Burst/tort 'Ray, and yes, it looked fantastic. I think tort looks fantastic on a lot of basses. But on the Ric, it just seems (to me anyway) that the big white guard is just part of what makes a Ric a Rick (at least on a 4001/4003).
I used to have a Montezuma Brown 4003, which was one of the most stunning-looking basses I've ever seen. I think MB is one of the best Ric colors ever.) Now being the tort-lover that I am, you'd think that I would have considered it for that MB. But no - IMO a Ric should have a white guard.