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Jazz Bass tone with and without pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by -=DanAtkinson=-, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. -=DanAtkinson=-

    -=DanAtkinson=- Supporting Member

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    Not sure if this has been posted before. But it's hilarious.

    http://youtu.be/UYoezMi4TVs

    Love the comments. "I just heard this thru KRK monitors and without the pickguard the instrument has more bottom and high end... with the plastic on top it sounds narrower." :p
  2. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    You know that if you put a tort guard on you can make it sound like a P with flats.
  3. Jiker75

    Jiker75 The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    and if you take it off you will sound like Jaco
  4. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

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    I found that I'm getting a massive change in tone when I unplug the instrument cable from my output jack.
  5. russpurdy

    russpurdy Supporting Member

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    I've heard replacing the plastic knobs with steel ones will give you more growl...
  6. JellinWellen

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    Don't forget the clay dots
  7. Miskatonic

    Miskatonic

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    Rosewood fingerboards have oilier pores than other woods and absorb stray overtones
  8. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN Supporting Member

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    Binding will give a sharper edge.
  9. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    It seems the Grainiax is going to have some competition. The Guardiax.
  10. KingRazor

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    Painting it black will make it better for metal.
  11. -=DanAtkinson=-

    -=DanAtkinson=- Supporting Member

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    Brilliant. The Guardiax could be my return to the custom build business. Advanced modelling that captures the subtle nuances of single ply, 3-ply, and 4-ply guards.
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    Block inlays add more mids than dot inlays.
  13. Bassmunnky

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    Holy CRAP...Did you read the COMMENTS Section:

    "HUGE DIFFERENCE"

    The Yin and Yang of the internet...good lord, what a goofy species we are
  14. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Supporting Member

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    I really miss the tone of the old celluloid pickguards....
  15. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    I've found that installing black pick guards has made each of my basses sound like the 1970's models.
  16. Scottkarch

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    I don't know, my grandfather's mandolin had an actual tortoise shell pickguard. And it sounds TONS different than my Jazz bass with a plastic fake tortoise shell pickguard. I assume natural tortoise shell is much brighter than plastic.
  17. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    Excellent. Sign me up for one! In burst, because I like the bloom that finish puts on the tone.
  18. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree Supporting Member

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    Yeah.... Some people are really serious about this. :(
  19. the_stone

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    But it has to be made of metal too, right? Otherwise, what's the point?:)
  20. spiritbass

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    Don't forget the composition and finish of the pick guard screws!!!

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