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Another Project Bass Thread...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DanGouge, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    ...but this one is mine! I've finally finished up the 1989(ish) fretless MIJ Jazz bass I was working on. Well, perhaps not finished, but to a state where I can play it. I stripped off the finish because it was ruined and did it up in gunstock oil. I'm debating whether to put a pickguard on it as well as a few other mods (suggestions are welcome). Also, the pickups in there (Bartolinis) were purchased from Geoff St. Germaine.

  2. tekhna


    Nov 7, 2004
    I would put a pickguard on there. Sometimes it is fine to have screw holes, and it doesn't look bad, but IMO this instance looks pretty shoddy with the bare wood and obvious holes. If it were a darker finish or oil, the holes probably would not be a problem.
  3. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Good call on the pickguard, any particular colour/design? I'm partial to tort guards, but black might work too. It came with a white pearl one, which looks hideous with the bare wood...
  4. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    black pearl or abalone would look pretty sweet IMHO. nice contrast from the bare wood without being too flashy.
  5. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    I think all top-routed J-style basses should keep the guard, because the shape of the control plate suggests that there's supposed to be a pickguard sitting next to it. It's not like a '51 P-Bass where the plate can stand alone.

    We all see Jazz basses every day with the pickguard removed, but IMO it's obvious that there is something missing from the instrument.
  6. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Yeah, and the Jazz-style body is just huge so pickguard breaks up that expanse.
  7. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Oh yeah, I should also mention that this whole thing has cost me about $250 CDN ($201.53 US according to xe.com). That includes the bass and the pickups.
  8. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    OK, what about this idea for a pickguard... Claro Walnut?
  9. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I'd like to see a wood pickguard on it. It'd be *real* nice if you could get one to match the wood pretty closely and just like, stain it a different color or something. Or just get an exotic wood and put on it.

  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Tort. Old school 60's Jazz with stripped finish vibe!!!!
  11. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Thanks to C-5KO I now have that tort 'guard:



    (Sorry for the lighting quality in the pics)
  12. Skit1

    Skit1 Guest

    Jul 2, 2004
    That is one fine bass!
    Any chance of some soundclips?
  13. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000

    No soundclips yet though. I'll have to get some maybe...