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Anybody else hate pick guards?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by msaone, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    Can't stand them. That's probably why I got my power jazz bass special.

    Pick guards just seem in the way to me, just don't like the look.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    It depends on the bass.
  3. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
  4. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    For me, it depends on the bass. I like them on Fenders, Sadowsky, Laklands and some others but don't think they would like right on Alembic or Warwick for example. I think they add to the look of the bass and you can order many different styles which can help you to personalize your bass.
  5. I prefer an all wood look without a pick guard. No major judgement though.
  6. Nope. I actually prefer them.
  7. low2groove

    low2groove Tyranis 4 / Lower Groove Guitars

    Jan 21, 2007
    in 45 years my two biggest turnoffs for a bass or guitar is pickguards and sunburst finishes.
  8. Tristan


    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I used to think not having a pickguard was better... looked clean and slick.

    Now I find basses with them have more character and those that don't look plain.

    (In genereal of course, there are lookers and uglies of both types)
  9. I don't hate them, but I don't like them either ... they cover up the nice looking wood grains. I've been playing with picks since 79', and never hit the body where the pick guard sits.
  10. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    Depends on the bass. Laklands 94s look great with them, for instance. However for me if it's on a Fender Jazz type bass, it needs both the control plate and the pickguard. Having one or the other (but not both) makes the bass look incomplete, though having a clear pickguard ameliorates that.
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    - georgestrings
  12. satellite4


    May 23, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I love them on my P and J basses...really like being able to change out the pickguards and alter the overall look/style of the bass.

    Would never put a pickguard on my Spector of course =)
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Four of my basses have pickguards, the rest do not. The ones with pickguards look correct with them. It'd be a sin to put pickguards on any of my coffee table basses.

  14. I used to really dislike them. Never owned a bass w/em.

    I now have a pair of 76 fenders (P&J) w/mirrored pickguards.
  15. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    I need them. Can't stand it when bass has no pickguard feels empty when I am slapping.
  16. J.Nuno


    Aug 8, 2010
    Not that I hate them (2 basses, 1 with the other without). But in terms of "picks" they are preatty useless because I can never fit any pick under that :).

    Slapping without it scratches the wood... the pickguard can be replaced.
  17. I hate pickguards and control plates too. Just like a plain background´s body
  18. walkerci


    Mar 7, 2006
    Orlando, FLA
    I don't use a pick, so pickguards are useless for me.

    On a related matter, I absolutely HATE the control plate on Fender Jazz basses.
  19. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I like them.....

    Of course I play with a pick, so :p
  20. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    I play with a pick and I am indifferent towards them. For one I wouldnt scratch the body with a pick the way I play that would be rather hard , some basses look great without gaurds, such as the jazz special , others look to plain , the boxer P from 1985 by fender,looks like a jazz special but just with a P pickup and no guard, its way to plain looking to me.