'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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  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.
     
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  6. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    I think it will loky have to wear a pick guard.
     
  7. 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
     
  8. 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
     
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion 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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  10. kohntarkosz

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    This would have been an option if it wasn't for that pesky routing.
     
  11. 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
     
  12. 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..
     
  13. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    Well.. this one time.. at band camp..
    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.
     
  14. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member

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    just curious, whats the advantage to you by not having a pick guard?
     
  15. 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
     
  16. davidhilton

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    you like the look- got it.;)
     

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