"POLL" Help me decide - Fender 1954 P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassHappy, Dec 1, 2013.


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How would you finish up the look of this '54 P Bass?

  1. Keep it stripped down naked, Sting would love you.

    15 vote(s)
    17.9%
  2. Put the bridge cover on only

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  3. Put the bridge AND pickup cover on only

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  4. Put on the pickguard only

    23 vote(s)
    27.4%
  5. Put on the pickguard and the pickup cover

    9 vote(s)
    10.7%
  6. Put on the pickguard and the bridge cover

    8 vote(s)
    9.5%
  7. Put on the pickguard, and both covers

    24 vote(s)
    28.6%
  1. Hey TBer's

    I am trying to decide the best look for my 1954 P Bass.

    Some apologies on the photos, had to cut and paste in the bridge and pickup covers, so they don't look great.

    Please help me out by giving your preference.

    Best,

    BassHappy

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  2. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Just keep taking things off and putting them back on at random and then you never have to decide.
  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Supporting Member

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    I like the naked look.
  4. Tankdave

    Tankdave

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    looks the vote is going "All or Nothing"
  5. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    I like it with the covers and the pickguard.
  6. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    I voted pickguard only, but not a white one! I would go black or tort.
  7. Lou Bottini

    Lou Bottini Supporting Member

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    Tort pickguard only.
  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    No tort. White is RIGHT.
  9. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    Pat does such EXCELLENT work!!!!

    I am usually NOT a cow plow kind of guy BUT on that bass I say:

    guard pickup cover...
  10. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High Supporting Member

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    I like the look of the pick guard and bridge cover, only. Plenty of pluckin' and strumin' room.

    Of course, the factory stock look never gets old.
  11. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

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    With bridge cover, palm muting is out... Pickup cover is better. Nice thumb rest and prevents you pushing the string into the poles
  12. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    Me too.
  13. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    The last one, the one with "the works", but I would substitute a black PG over that white one.
  14. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    That's a Sting signature bass rather than an actual '54. Did you have the body refinished in the identical factory color?
  15. bolophonic

    bolophonic

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    I would leave it stripped down. I'd leave off the thumb rest, unless it was going to actually be used on the top side. Such a nice looking body.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I voted pickguard only. Covers seem like a great idea until you try to play with them on.
  17. thejumpcat

    thejumpcat thejumpcat Supporting Member

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    I go fully dressed on mine, and thats how I play it. On yours, white guard.

    Jimmy, Bob McCann says hello.

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  18. Hello to all and thanks so much for the responses and the voting.

    A couple of quick notes, it is a 1954 body exactly (the TOP one is mine, none of the others are) and not a Sting signature. Not sure what is up with smcd. Perhaps he thought some of example basses were mine?

    I already have my trusty 1951

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    I was shooting for a version of this on the '51:

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    Without apology - I am a pick player - and I find it to be no problem playing between the covers - in fact I rather enjoy it!

    And on this (top one pictured, original post) I am kind of shooting for a non relic version of this:

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    I told Pat to finish it as a two color burst ala 1954 - except to make it a little more unique, I wanted the amber to be slightly more on the orange side, which he did for me.

    Obviously, I don't want to drill holes for the pickguard and covers if I am keeping them off

    Still deciding - but I am off to Pat Cummings of Brian Moore and iguitar fame to get the final assembly started this wednesday.

    Thanks to all for weighing in - so far I must say I am a little surprised with the results of the poll!

    Hope this helps....

    BassHappy,
    www.innertainment.net
  19. Linnin

    Linnin

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    +1 Sting has the right idea. I think the stock pickguard is positively hideous. Taking it off and throwing it away returns the bass to an object d'art.
  20. grrg63

    grrg63

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    I had both covers on my Pbass and never had a problem palm muting. Im sure each individual experience will vary. If the foam is in the cover you might not need to anyway.

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