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Poll: Which pickguard for my walnut/maple '77 P?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by strost, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Plain old white

    0 vote(s)
  2. White perloid

    1 vote(s)
  3. Aged white perloid

    2 vote(s)
  4. Cream

    5 vote(s)
  5. GOLD!

    1 vote(s)
  6. Tort

    5 vote(s)
  7. Are you kidding? Keep it black!

    38 vote(s)
  1. strost

    strost Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    Hi All,

    So I got this amazing walnut stained 1977 fretless Precision with a black pickguard and maple board. I love how it plays and sounds but am a bit "meh" on the color combo (I know, it's wrong. Don't judge me.). I think I might get a new pickguard to spice it up a bit.

    So what do think would look best? Feel free to write-in and post any applicable pictures.


  2. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    How about white or pearloid?
  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Oh man, that is purdy... :)
  4. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Black all the way.
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  6. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Way Out West
    Keep as is. Very nice bass!
  7. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    Black looks great! I would change the pickup covers to cream.
  8. Wagz


    May 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    Wow! Gorgeous bass, love the look of walnut and maple.
  9. That bass looks superb as is IMO, but if you had to change the pickguard, tort would be my recommended alternative. I could imagine various shades from more orange or reddish to darker brown working equally well.
  10. i made a warmoth version of the same bass and went with black. i've had white and tort gaurds that i've held up to it and while they look interesting i like the black the best
  11. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I'm a sucker for the colour black when there has to be plastic on a bass or guitar.
  12. strost

    strost Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Blacksburg, VA
    Damn. Now I feel bad for even considering it. Guess I should keep it as-is!
  13. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    The people have spoken: that is a beautiful bass!
  14. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Full disclosure, I was a teen in the seventies. To me Fender basses just look right with black guards.

    My natural finish1972 Tele bass came with a white guard, the previous owner put a black guard on it, if he hadn't I would have. (I have the original white guard as well.)

    I have two 2011 60th Anniversary Precisions (a burst and a blonde) which both came with black guards. Every other fender bass I've owned has had a black guard on it.

    Even my EBMM Stingray has a black guard on it. All of them have maple necks by the way.

    Yeah, it's perfect just the way that it is.
  15. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I voted CREAM, as I always like the look of the color of the fretboard "merging" with the shape of the pickguard.

    The black DOES look good, and correct for the time period. I just have no real love for most Fenders of that time period.
  16. ExTek


    Feb 11, 2014
    That's a beautiful bass! I would say you should try to get a dark brown color, or one with a wood texture. Something custom like that. Personally, I like how the black looks.

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