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'78 P-bass - modding pickguard size

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by DeadPoet, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. DeadPoet

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    Hi everybody,


    I'm a big sucker for natural basses and love pickguard-less basses (that's why I have a PG-less Lakland 55-60 :p )


    I'd love to mod my '78 P a bit by installing a P-retro preamp and while I'm at it modifying the pickguard's size.


    Now this morning I took the old one of (already have a Fender new one ready to be molested but still waiting for the P-retro to arrive) and much to my dismay there's

    1) this giant route from the pickup area to the cavity
    2) this is a stripped bass, the red that it used to be is still clearly visible under the PG.


    2) is not so much of a bother to me - I can sand of the red as much as possible and don't *really* mind some left-overs (around the screwholes I think it's inevitable)


    1) is more important... Actually I'm asking for you guys opinion on aestethics I guess... Would you think it's a nice touch having some sort of 'banana'-shaped pickguard or are there other, better, options?



    Thanks in advance,
    Herwig

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  2. DeadPoet

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    more pics

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  3. DeadPoet

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    even more pics

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  4. pfox14

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    I really don't think you want that big ugly rout visible do you? I wouldn't change it to PG-less - not on a P-bass.
  5. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    I think it will loky have to wear a pick guard.
  6. mech

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    I think a black banana shaped control plate/pickguard that goes up around the pickups would look good but a word to the wise..it'll probably end up looking phallic.

    mech
  7. DeadPoet

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    Thanks for your input, I've been thinking the same... as much as I'd love to go PG-less or reduce the size of that thing it'll always look a little strange.



    Kind regards,
    Herwig
  8. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

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    Why don't you get a custom guard made of real wood and if you ever got the bass refinished you could have it matched perfectly.


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  9. kohntarkosz

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    [​IMG]

    This would have been an option if it wasn't for that pesky routing.
  10. Bobster

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    A curved Ash piece, aged and cut to match the grain pattern would be the least noticeable way of doing it.

    Got any woodworker buddies?

    Bob
  11. DeadPoet

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    Wow, the wood PG seems nice, I'll search into that later today, thanks!



    That route is indeed vewwy annoying..
  12. thebrian

    thebrian Still can't think of anything good to put here. Supporting Member

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    Honestly, that '78 is not the right P bass to do that mod on. There are lots of P bodies available that don't have that route there though, like the one in the pic that kohntarkosz posted.
  13. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member

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    just curious, whats the advantage to you by not having a pick guard?
  14. DeadPoet

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    esthetics :D


    Somehow my entire collection of basses is moving in the "exclusively natural" direction and I prefer the look of natural basses without pickguard, that's all.



    Herwig
  15. davidhilton

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    you like the look- got it.;)

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