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Alleva Coppolo, pickguard or no? Tell me what YOU think!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vic, Apr 20, 2009.


  1. Leave it off! I love that somewhat Jaco-esque look!

    118 vote(s)
    48.0%
  2. Put it on! It looks nekkid without it!

    89 vote(s)
    36.2%
  3. Carrots! I can't decide!

    39 vote(s)
    15.9%
  1. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Ok, so I just got this really cool Alleva Coppolo LG5, but when I saw the finish and wood, I had Jimmy leave the pickguard off and just ship it to me. The question is, do you like it better with the pickguard or not? I think the fact that there's really no "control plate" possible will swing this vote, but still, IMHO pretty nice looking either way, so let's just see what happens. :)

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  2. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    :D On all the way. That's the signature look of the Alleva, and, well, no offense, but it's alder (nice alder, but alder!):p

    Seriously, either way looks great to me!
     
  3. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Off!
     
  4. Tom7

    Tom7 I'm so bright, my mom called me son! ;-)

    Jan 31, 2000
    Eagle River, Alaska
    Were this a fretless, I'd say the Jaco look would be cool, but seeing as it is fretted, I say go Jamerson!

    On!
     
  5. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    NY
    It just looks "right" with the pickguard, but I can see how you might like it without. Tough choice!
     
  6. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    Both look great. How about some two way tape for when the mood strikes?
     
  7. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    I voted "off."


    Either way, it's a stunning instrument!
     
  8. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    I don't know if you're kinda' kidding, but I actually very seriously considered it, and I'm still thinking about it. :D
     
  9. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Meh, I'd sell it and buy a Sadowsky. :D
     
  10. ctbass

    ctbass

    Jun 21, 2005
    Colorado
    How 'bout a clear pickguard?
     
  11. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    Just floatin' the idea. To be honest, I've never done it. I've heard others talk about doing it, but I'm not sure what it would do to the finish. That's a beautiful instrument and I wouldn't want to mess with it.

    I'm kind of a traditionalist on the J basses and like them with guards, but this one just looks great without one. I actually think its the board that matches so well with the burst that makes it.
     
  12. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    The funny thing is that I think it looks quite strange without the screws. That's a big part of the old school look to me with the guard. Yeah, it doesn't have the control plate, so it's surely not going to be 'legitimate vintage', but it sure does look old school with the guard screwed on IMO!

    I feel your pain though, since it is really quite beautiful without it, and there's 'no going back' once you drill it in.

    You know what that means.... TIME FOR ANOTHER ONE:D:bassist:
     
  13. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    THAT'S CHEATING! ;) I did think about that as well, but really, since I'm not worried about damaging the finish (I don't slap much, and I pretty much never use a pick), that's just a "vote" for no pickguard in my case. :)
     
  14. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    I vote pickguard.
     
  15. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    LOL, except I already did that, so I still have the question on the table. In other words, alternate solution DENIED! :D
     
  16. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    NY
    Take it even further! Get a bunch of pickguard screws, and cut the threads off just under the head. Then you can either use a little bit of double-sided tape and tape each screw head into the pickguard holes, or if you aren't worried about the pickguard just glue the screw heads into the pickguard and tape the pickguard on. It will look normal, but with no drilling! :D


    I'm serious about this. I've considering doing this in the past and this idea isn't that far fetched if you think about it. ;)
     
  17. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    I guess if you wanted to try it, you could go all out and super glue some screw heads to the guard to give the illusion of it being screwed on.


    EDIT: Tony beat me to it.:cool:
     
  18. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    +1 to you and Tony. That would actually be pretty cool.
     
  19. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    EXACTLY my two "concerns" with the "removable" idea. :)

    Oh no... you are NOT GOOD FOR ME!!! ;) It could happen someday, but it won't be this year. And yeah, it'd most likely be an LM5. :)
     
  20. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah, but what about the adhesive on the tape? I literally have no idea how to figure that out.
     

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