Sunburst or Olympic White Jazz?

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  1. amusicalperson

    amusicalperson

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    Hey guys, I'm currently in the process of having my Jazz Bass refinished in Nitro and originally planned on keeping the original Sunburst because I feel a Sunburst Jazz Bass is the sexiest thing on this planet but lately I've been taking a liking to Olympic White Jazz Basses and the fact that the latter would save me $200+ in paint expenses. Any thoughts?
     
  2. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    Well having 6 sunburst Fenders I tend to lean in that direction.

    But if the O. white was 'yellowed' and a tort guard was involved it would be a close second. Still 'burst first choice for me.
     
  3. Marko5657

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    Ouch… those are my two favorite (by far) finishes, in the order of your preference, as well.

    Tough choice-- I guess it's how much the $200 means to ya. But remember that the money will be forgotten about, so don’t compromise to your second choice too easily.
     
  4. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor! Supporting Member

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    I have an Olympic white Special in my sights as we speak!
     
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  6. Jeff K

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    Does it have a rosewood or a maple board? If rosewood, either would look good, but I'd probably go with the burst. If maple, I'd go with the white. I know a lot of you like burst/maple, but I'm not a big fan unless the maple has a vintage tint.
     
  7. Fluid Power

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  8. ROOTS_n_FIFTHS

    ROOTS_n_FIFTHS Low end Lover since '78 Supporting Member

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    True and agree totally with everything above. The fretboard would be my deciding factor.
     
  9. GBassNorth

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    I love either finish but I'd probably go with a dark FB if I wanted a light body color or a maple FB if I wanted a dark body color.

    Something else to keep in mind is will you be gigging this bass? If so what colors do you typically wear? I have a tendency to wear darker colors on stage so a lighter color bass really shows up nice and can add some stage presence.

    Be sure to post some pics once you get it!
     
  10. Draculea

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    I'm partial to white basses; however, sunburst is my second favorite color option. Personally, I'd go with white if the fretboard is rosewood. And for a sunburst finish either maple or rosewood look fine IMO.
     
  11. nutdog

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    white with matching headstock
     
  12. Davo-London

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    I think white basses look larger than darker basses including bursts. Stand in front of a mirror with a white and a burst and you will see what I mean. If you are small or medium sized a white Jazz can sometimes look a bit oversized. You don't get this with a burst.

    Peace
    Davo
     
  13. gonzbull

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    I like White and Maple.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. 2meterbassman

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    I vote for:
    black! with a tortoise pickguard!
     
  15. Gbass75

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    If you were gonna spend that left over $200; this would be a cool thing to use it for...

    I used to love my sunburst jazz; until I noticed that in pictures of me playing with my band, the shape of the bass was lost in the stage lighting. Check it out... when you look a pics of bassists rocking sunburst instruments on stage; unless they're wearing white clothes, the instrument is lost in the shadows!

    I now play lightly finished instruments, because they'll always "pop" on stage! You can always see them!

    This may sound crazy; but, think about it! We ALL obsess over our basses... don't we want people to appreciate how SWEET they look on stage?!?!?

    Look how the shape of Entwistle's bass is lost in this pic...

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    ...and now look how it pops in THIS pic!

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    This guy who WANTS to be Entwistle illustrates my point, exactly...

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    Instruments with dark finishes disappear on stage!

    ...if course, if you're not playing on stage, this is all moot.

    I love me a gorgeous sunburst!
     
  16. Gbass75

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    Oh, yeah... so, umm... WHITE!!!!
     
  17. Eric66

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    I don't like sunburst at all. Especially not 2TSB.
    I love white!
     
  18. Lobomov

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    That one is easy .. OW with a tort pickguard .. like duh? :)
     
  19. GBassNorth

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    Exactly!
    The last bass I built I finished in a vintage aged white, here it is next to my chery burst jazz...
    [​IMG]
    Even though the burst is a light burst color it still gets lost to a degree on stage. Not the white one.
     
  20. 2meterbassman

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    Well - white basses disappear on stage, too, if you wear white clothes...;-)
     
  21. Splods

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    If the grain is good, go Suburst. If the grain is kinda average then go white. Lighter colour basses seem to be more noticeable, because they stand out on stage, and are harder to come by by chance.
     

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