2TSB vs 3TSB

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ricky Rioli, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. Two-tone

    108 vote(s)
  2. Three-tone

    123 vote(s)
  3. Old School Carrotburst

    28 vote(s)
  1. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
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  2. johnsilva


    Mar 9, 2012
  3. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
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  4. gitarrenhai


    Aug 19, 2019
    depends on the rest of the bass... 2 tone for maple fingerboard (and gold pickguard), 3 tone for rosewood (and tort) - imo
  5. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    I think there must be something wrong with me, even with rosewood and tort I prefer the look of two tone :D Screenshot_20210624-112554_Chrome.jpg
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  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I like both bursts but prefer a deep brown with a longer fade yellow on 2TSB and a subtle long gradation on 3TSB with a smallish center section. No Clownbursts.
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  7. gitarrenhai


    Aug 19, 2019
    nothing wrong here, it's just what I like! Doesn't have to match your preference, and yours doesn't have to match mine ;-)
  8. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    So definitely not what I posted in the OP? :whistle:
  9. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I prefer 3TS, but, at a pinch, either would be fine. I've seen some basses where the burst is only on the front, the back is solid black! That won't do at all. It has to be 3TS on the front and the back.
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  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Sorry, buy yes. When I worked in a music store back in the '70s we got in many different 'bursts both new and used and very few were to my liking.
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  11. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I prefer the three color burst, with an asterisk. I like that middle red to be a bit garish. Too much lipstick and too much rouge...
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  12. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    No need to apologise: I deliberately chose the nastiest example I could find to nudge the waiverers towards 2tsb :cigar:
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  13. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Two tone is graceful and elegant, like a well cut diamond. Three tone is just gaudy like costume jewelry or late night advertising.
  14. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    three tone alllll day. it may look outlandish, but there’s something very “fender” about it.
  15. Depends on the company who does it. IMHO, they both can look nice with a gradual gradient. I don't care for bursts when it's really abrupt or the black goes too far in before fading or for 99.9% of bursts where white is involved.
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  16. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
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    Of my two examples, the 2TS is nicer. Ibanez stepped up everything in the five years from 77 to 82.
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  17. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    I prefer three tone but both can look really nice. Both can look like complete trash as well.
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  18. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    I should probably have offered a one-tone option in the poll as well. Gah. Screenshot_20210624-140730_Chrome-01.jpeg
  19. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I generally don't like traditional bursts at all, but when I do, it's usually a dark three-tone with relatively gradual transitions between the colors. Some of G&L's three-tone bursts look great IMO, and some of their red, blue, green, and black bursts look fantastic.
  20. I chose 3-tone.

    2-tone is depressing
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