Jazz Bass tone with and without pickguard?

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

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


    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


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    You know that if you put a tort guard on you can make it sound like a P with flats.
  3. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    and if you take it off you will sound like Jaco
  4. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    I found that I'm getting a massive change in tone when I unplug the instrument cable from my output jack.
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  6. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    I've heard replacing the plastic knobs with steel ones will give you more growl...
  7. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    Don't forget the clay dots
  8. Miskatonic


    Sep 15, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Rosewood fingerboards have oilier pores than other woods and absorb stray overtones


    May 30, 2003
    Binding will give a sharper edge.
  10. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester Supporting Member

    It seems the Grainiax is going to have some competition. The Guardiax.
  11. Painting it black will make it better for metal.
  12. 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.
  13. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Block inlays add more mids than dot inlays.
  14. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Holy CRAP...Did you read the COMMENTS Section:


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

    lowendmafia Blue Jays! Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I really miss the tone of the old celluloid pickguards....
  16. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I've found that installing black pick guards has made each of my basses sound like the 1970's models.
  17. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    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.
  18. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester Supporting Member

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

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    Yeah.... Some people are really serious about this. :(
  20. But it has to be made of metal too, right? Otherwise, what's the point?:)
  21. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Don't forget the composition and finish of the pick guard screws!!!