Can't decide: Tortoise or White Pickguard? (Rickenbacker content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kombi, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Tortoise Pickguard

    121 vote(s)
  2. White Pickguard

    175 vote(s)
  1. kombi


    Jan 3, 2011

    Can't decide which one I should take or rather keep ... The white one on the right is stock, the left one is obviously shopped.

  2. white. tortoise is way too cheesy imo
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Gnarsty bass tones Supporting Member

    The white looks great. Go black if you want change (this is *not* a political reference ;)).

    Burst/tort is usually acceptable, but for some reason I don't care for it on a Ric.
  4. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Northfield, Ohio
    I like the white better.
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  6. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Sponsored by The Letter G
    I'd say white, because if you go tort, it would look weird with the white truss rod cover.
  7. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    I think that is a great point. you don't see how it looks with the white TRC. and i don't think you would get Tort one.
  8. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Let me say that I love tort guards. However, on Rics I think the white guards just look "right". No sense messing with a good thing... ;)
  9. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    Tort looks a little funny on a Ric, especially in that color. I say white.
  10. White looks so much more Ric to me. Cream or Off-white, if possible.
  11. Corevalay

    Corevalay Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    New Jersey
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper The G&L L5000 man. I'm Marc! Gold Supporting Member

    How did tort get so many votes when everyone posted against it?
  13. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Definitely white. The tort looks weird on a Ric.
  14. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Not used to seeing tort on a Ric. Did they ever offer this as an option?

    Tortloaf seems to be a vintage Fender province.
  15. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    While on a Ric... they're more a mess

    White/Vintage White/Parchment (even Black) for me on a Ric.

  16. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK
    Tort is wrong in principle, regardless of the bass to which it is affixed.
  17. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012

    Not on basses, anyway. Of course, you can get anything you want in the aftermarket. Rick pick guards are usually white of varying opacities. Black was available for some time. Back-painted clear pick guards have been used on signature editions, with white background (on the Chris Squire) or silver background (on the Glenn Frey). Clear back-painted with metallic gold was used on the 75th Anniversary 4003 (company anniversary, not the 4003's!) and can be easily found from Pickguardian and perhaps other AM ops.
  18. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    White is RIGHT
  19. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Knobs are not right though ...
  20. I love a tort guard on something like a Precision but for some reason I've never liked it on any Rickenbacker I've seen.
  21. hemmerlinj


    Sep 21, 2012
    Astoria, NY
    If you use a pick I wiuld go tortoise. Any scratches and possible staining from the color of the pick will show up on the white.