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aluminum pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scrodzilla, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. I know that gold-anodized aluminum pickguards are available for a P-bass, but has anyone seen a silver one? One of my black Fenders would love to wear one if such a thing exists. Any info will be appreciated!

    (Not sure if I posted this in the right area. If not, mod...sorry...please feel free to move it!)
  2. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I had an aluminum pickguard on my MusicMan SUB, but never saw one for a P. I'm sure you could probably have one made though.
  3. DaneB


    May 25, 2008
    Western Australia
    An aluminium guard would look pretty sweet. You could have a really classy german kitchen style bass with brushed aluminium and marble-looking glossy black or marble finish somehow...
  4. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    guitarcenter has them
    i was about to buy one
    they have some crazy pickguards
  5. I wouldn't mind finding a silver aluminum pickguard myself. I'm building a "Rat Rod" Precision using a flat black body and thought it would look pretty slick.

    WD has a "brushed silver" guard you might want to look at.

    FYI, I can't comment on WD's service or their products, because I've never bought anything from them.

  6. Yeah...I saw the "brushed silver" one on the WD site last night but that's not quite what I had in mind. I'd much rather have an aluminum one with a dull finish, just like the gold '57 reissue one (except silver). A friend with a gold one on his bass suggested I get a gold one and scrub the gold finish off, as they appear to be silver underneath in some of the worn spots.

    Having one made seems like it may be a little bit of a pain in the butt (and expensive). Who would I even talk to?
  7. Well, I'll be damned. I saw this post after responding to the one below it. Guitar Center does have one (even though it's 60 bucks)! Thanks!
  8. Do you have a link? Are you sure it is not a shield?
  9. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    The anodized Fender pickguard on my P-Bass is silver underneath. Thats because the gold is just a plating on top of aluminum. Hence anodized. :D
  10. allotabass

    allotabass Guest

  11. That's exactly what I was thinking. The only thing throwing me a little off this option is the pre-drilled thumb rest-type holes found on the 57're-issue pickguards.
    (As a side note...and i may just be naive...but what the hell kind of "thumb rest" should ever be found below the pickup???)
  12. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    FWIW, I once saw a very spendy original 59 Precision in black with a silver aluminum guard... it looked stock. Is that possible?
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Caution is warranted if you are trying to put a '57 P-bass style pickguard on a MIM, MIJ, or MIA p-bass. The hole pattern and count are different.

    Actually, usually folks are trying to go the other way, that is, put a standard tort-type or mother of toilet seat pickguard on a '57 or "50's classic" style P.

    I'd proceed with caution and be sure of a fit.
  14. envika


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    very much so, i know someone who has a 2-tone sunburst '58 with silver aluminum guard. he definitely said that the bass wasn't all-original but i'm pretty sure he said that only the pickup was changed.
  15. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Its not a thumb rest:p
  16. My basses are such rats that I don't care if I need to drill some new holes. They take care of me and I do love them, though. :D
  17. I know it must not be a thumb rest...but what the hell is it??? :confused:

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