Autographed pickguard - play with it on or replace it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassguy1, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Bassguy1


    Feb 10, 2006
    U.S. - Midwest
    I got back from the summer NAMM in Nashville yesterday. It was a great show. I was blessed to be able to have my MIA Fender P white pickguard signed by the one and only legend of bass and Funk Brother, Bob Babbitt as well as Marcus Miller (wow), Bobby Vega (what an incredible bassist), Dave Karns (fastest fingers I've seen) and Phil Jones of PJB bass (awesome amps and cabinets). Now..should I replace the pickguard or play with it on?
  2. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Replace it.
  3. Duh.
  4. fitbass3p


    Oct 7, 2006
    Madison, WI
    Replace it, clearcoat it, frame it, and hang it up, baby!
  5. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I'd take it off, wrap it in something protective like bubble wrap and put it away for about 50 years. Then sell it on eBay and ask for a $1,000 opening bid.
  6. bass_fish


    Oct 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    Don't clearcoat it! there is a huge chance the ink will start to run, and you'll just end up with smudges... the replacing, framing and hanging is fine... just don't try to clearcoat it, big chance you'll ruing it, and that would be such a shame!
  7. Since these are celebrity bassists, might as well keep it on.

    No offense, I am a bass player myself, but a new pickguard will cost more than you can ever sell this for and at least you have a conversation piece.

    Really, other than a bass player or a music guru, most people don't know those names.

    I am not taking anything away from those guys, so is the life of the bass player.
  8. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    if you frame it, screw it into a backing of somekind, to keep it from shrinking as much as it will without it. The pickguard will shrink quite a bit in time.
  9. Let's see it!!
  10. Flizzy21


    May 13, 2007
    a replacement fender pickguard on a cheap site is like $10 on an expensive site (musiciansfriend *cough cough*) like 30 tops... So replace it, dont risk damaging it or anything. :)
  11. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    Replace it. Frame it. Post a pic of it.
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    frame it, dont clear coat it...

    maybe get it certified if they do that kinda thing...