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What color do you prefer for hardware?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by VanillaThundah, Jan 29, 2013.

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What color do you prefer for hardware?

Poll closed Feb 3, 2013.
  1. Classic Chrome

    37 vote(s)
    48.1%
  2. Black (gloss or flat)

    25 vote(s)
    32.5%
  3. Gold

    4 vote(s)
    5.2%
  4. Other Metallic (i.e. - Brass or Bronze color)

    3 vote(s)
    3.9%
  5. A Rich, Carroty Hue

    8 vote(s)
    10.4%
  1. VanillaThundah

    VanillaThundah

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    Obviously not as many options as body color, but still something to consider when buying/building a bass! I'll be honest and say that the hardware color can make or break a bass deal for me in most cases.

    So what's your preference? Feel free to state why or talk about your favorite hardware brands/models in your comments! :bassist:
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I like chrome. Gold never seems to look good over a period of years.

    I would like to find some brass hardware though. I think it would look fabulous as it tarnishes and develops a patina.
  3. dukeisdog

    dukeisdog Supporting Member

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    I prefer gold, but it really depends on the body style and colour of the bass.
  4. Basstardus

    Basstardus

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    I prefer chrome, but satin black looks sooo good on some finish colors...
  5. Biggbass

    Biggbass

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    Depends on the finish. I have chrome, black chrome, and gold.
  6. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

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    IMO over time gold and black start to look funky. Old chrome seems to look better. I'm asking for chrome on my custom build despite the dramatic effect black would have. Plus chrome is Old School.
  7. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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  8. elgecko

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    Black for modern basses, chrome for classics.
  9. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner Supporting Member

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  10. TRyan5289

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    Carrots, for black Chrome.
  11. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I like black or chrome, I'm not a fan of gold at all.

    One of my basses had gold, so I swapped it all to black. I've got one left with gold and I'd swap it to black if I could find the correct bridge for it.
  12. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

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    Depends. I have a teal bass that I think would look nasty with chrome or gold. Its got black guard and rosewood board, black hardware just blends in nicely.

    I do generally prefer chrome, but sometimes gold is fine....my old Cirrus had gold hardware, went well with the top and stain
  13. VanillaThundah

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    Yes, the gold looks reaaaaal nasty over time. A bass with gold hardware is one i will probably pass on if I can't get it replaced easily.
  14. Silver Blues

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    Chrome's my fav, followed by black. Some straight brass would be kind of neat, though, I agree.

    --Silvie
  15. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Both my basses have dark chrome hardware or 'Cosmo Black' as Ibanez calls. One is natural wood and the other is a 'antique violin' finish on flamed maple. They both look great but it really depends on the color of your bass. Bright chrome looks awesome on vintage basses and black can be pretty sharp too. Somehow I just can't get into the gold hardware look though.
  16. elgecko

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    I have 20 year old basses with black hardware that still looks great. I do agree with gold hardware getting scuzzy.
  17. ChloroPhil315

    ChloroPhil315

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    +1
  18. bassybill

    bassybill The smooth moderator... Supporting Member

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    Depends on the bass, but I really love gold with the right finish. And good quality gold plating (gold-over-nickel, rather than gold-over-copper) lasts years and years unless really badly treated.
  19. line6man

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    Chrome is far too commonplace, that it has become boring to me.

    Gold, on the other hand, is gaudy 95% of the time, so I only like it in rare cases.

    Black usually looks good as long as it does not give a cheesy metalhead vibe, so it is my preference.

    For the record, I despise Ibanez's "Cosmo Black" hardware. They need to stop using it!

    Schaller does a copper Floyd Rose copy that I absolutely love, but I've yet to see it on an instrument.
  20. jd-ns

    jd-ns Supporting Member

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    agreed - Ibanez "cosmo black" is not good

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