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Any removed their stingray's pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandonBass, May 29, 2011.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Been toying with the idea recently and I dont see too many people doing it. Mine is a rosewood neck/ vintage white w black pickguard combination. My friend said the ray looks much better without the pickguard.

    I know some of u guys will say get a transparent one, but for me its out of the question. Those things look hideous imo

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
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    Here's my 92 SR5. I took the pickguard off but I had a clear cover made for the electronics.

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  3. i know Tim Commerford of RATM took his off in the early days of RATM...

  4. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

    I removed the pg from both of my Rays. I agree with you, they look silly, and remind me of a toilet seat with the pg on....esp. a black one.
  5. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Now that you mentioned it, damn. !

    My only concern would be that it would be a little harder to slap n pop without the PG since the gap between body and strings would be wider.
  6. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    I have the pg off my sterling. It was white and I thought it looked like an egg, now it looks much better.

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  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Looks like he took off more than the pickguard! I wonder how much Stringray is actually left in that thing?
  8. jimmyjames


    Mar 30, 2011
    i dunno, i think the PG on mine makes it look even sexier...

  9. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I believe all he did was just took out the PG and maybe swooped the bridge(looks lik a badbass II).
  10. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    He rewinds all his own pups, and I have a feeling it prolly has a different preamp in it...
  11. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Thats only for his jazz basses from what ive read. TBH, I actually prefer his jazz tone over his stingray's. His jazz tone was more cutting, surprisingly. Could be due to the fact that the bass was lower in the mix for their first album.

    But even live, his tone is too clanky imo

    YouTube - ‪Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name - 1993‬‏

    btw, nice bass u got there. got the whole jaco thing going.
  12. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    I gotta say, I like the pickguard. Without it it looks much less ray-ish, like any other double cut bass. But, as always, it's your bass.
  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    As far as I know, he didn't start doing that until after he switched to Jazzes.
    On the album it sounds like a stock 2-band Ray to me...one of my favorite tones.
  14. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    WOW- my hats off to you bro! My slap n pop is so bad, I'd never notice that 1/16th of an inch difference a missing PG would make. :p:bassist:

    Back OT though, I also remember Garry Tallent from the E Street Band played his natural Ray w/no PG. You can see it in the video for "Rosalita" YouTube - ‪Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)‬‏ Theres a decent shot around 4:10.
    Personally, I dont like the white PG's so I'd lose a white one without much of a thought.
  15. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
  16. arsie


    Jan 19, 2011
    I removed my WBW one...to put a White Pearloid one on.

    It's the signature look. Removing it is like swapping out a Lakland's bridge. Anyway, I feel naked without a pickguard.
  17. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    If it was not for the unsightly screw holes I agree they would look better without PG's. Especially the sunburst fretless
  18. Bread Knife

    Bread Knife

    Oct 8, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I like the pickguard on mine, but black on black isn't much different than just black.

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