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Which pickguard is better?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by southpaw723, Oct 27, 2013.


which pickguard do you prefer on a white jazz bass

Poll closed Nov 6, 2013.
  1. white

    18 vote(s)
    16.7%
  2. tortoise shell

    90 vote(s)
    83.3%
  1. southpaw723

    southpaw723

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    I feel kind of silly asking this but I've actually been losing sleep over it. I have a white Fender jazz bass and two different options for the pickguard, a white one and a tortoise shell one. Both look great and you cant go wrong with either one, but which one would you use or like better?:eyebrow:
     
  2. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

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    I Would like to make a third suggestion: black
     
  3. southpaw723

    southpaw723

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    its hard enough with these two, adding black would make it harder!
     
  4. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

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    I've had tort on most of my basses, but dig the black on this PJ
     

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  6. Nephilymbass

    Nephilymbass Supporting Member

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    I like BWB and WBW pickgaurds a lot. They don't look as cheap in my opinion. I only like tort on burst finishes.
     
  7. SalmonCubes

    SalmonCubes

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    I personally love white with tort.
     
  8. elgecko

    elgecko

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    Which shade of white? Vintage? Olympic? Maple or rosewood.
     
  9. HeavyRockBasser

    HeavyRockBasser

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    Tort has the best tone, but white stays in tune better.
     
  10. hsech

    hsech Smile. Life is short. Gold Supporting Member

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    Black Tort will get more bottom end.
     
  11. jamersonburton

    jamersonburton

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    And just black will give a punchy low mid while retaining clarity with a nice boost around 1.900879-2.000 00001kHz.

    But really. Rosewood board and white body, tort. Maple board and white body, white.
     
  12. southpaw723

    southpaw723

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    its olympic white with a rosewood fretboard.
     
  13. Nephilymbass

    Nephilymbass Supporting Member

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    Id go BWB black after seeing the picture posted above
     
  14. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    The answer to "which pickguard" is always tortoise.

    If you as you said can't go wrong with either of your options then I suggest you flip a coin. ;)
     
  15. EricssonB

    EricssonB Supporting Member

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  16. elgecko

    elgecko

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    In that case, tort.
     
  17. HawldieMPB

    HawldieMPB

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    I agree 100%. Have tort on my rosewood jazz and white on my maple tele.
     
  18. edencab

    edencab

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    +1
    once you go tort you never go back
     
  19. edencab

    edencab

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  20. mongo2

    mongo2

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    Tort
     
  21. Batmensch

    Batmensch

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    +1. I don't really care for tort usually, but I can tolerate it on only two finishes, Sunburst and Olympic White. My favorite, though, is almost always Black.
     

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