Recovered Pickguards

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xbud, Feb 15, 2014.


  1. xbud

    xbud Supporting Member

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    I wanted to get a new pick guard for a recently acquired Sterling 5-String bass. Originally it had the Gloss Black pick guard, and it showed scratches in the usual places from plucking the D, and G, strings. So I recovered it with a dull "Carbon Fiber Look" vinyl. Does this look cheesy or would you think this is just an aftermarket pick guard?

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  2. wraub

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    1. I do not think it looks cheesy.

    b. It does look like an aftermarket pickguard.

    2c. I like it, and think it looks better than the original probably did.

    Keep it.
  3. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

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    Greetings from the North,

    Looks fine, great job on the fitting too ;)

    Rezdog
  4. Morning Beer

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    Looks good. It always drove me nuts how big the guard is on those. Looks like it is covering nice looking piece of wood.
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  6. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    It looks like a pickguard but I don't like it. I think white pearl would look better.
  7. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

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    I like it a lot!
  8. xbud

    xbud Supporting Member

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    Thanks, it actually looked a little better once I re-strung it.

    Morning Beer you are right, I should have taken a picture of it without the pickguard, it is covering a very nice looking wood grain pattern.
  9. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest

    Looks great. Nice job.
  10. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

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    I like the angle you have the pattern running. Nice job.
  11. tuba_samurai

    tuba_samurai Yamaha BB Club #123 Supporting Member

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    Looks great.
  12. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

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    I thought that was a quality aftermarket guard until I read the text of your post. It looks outstanding. I'm now considering the carbon fiber look for one of my stingrays.
  13. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

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    Totally unique and pleasing to my eyes. Seriously
  14. TJBass

    TJBass

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    I did that to a pbass about a year ago, turned out better than expected. much better than the one ply white plastic pg. easy mod.
  15. gleneg61

    gleneg61

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    Suh-weet, I want one! Looks professional, what kind of vinyl did u use?
  16. M0ses

    M0ses

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    Looks great from this distance!
  17. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    I'm also curious what kind of vinyl you are using and where you got it?
  18. Veldar

    Veldar

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    Looks very nice.
  19. TJBass

    TJBass

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    I got mine off amazon its 3M carbon vinyl wrap, cost about $20.

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