Black knobs and chrome switches??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Lighten up, goth boy!

    21 vote(s)
  2. Come over to the dark side.

    49 vote(s)
  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I've got a bass with black hardware and black knobs, and am installing an Audere preamp that has a chrome mini toggle switch. I also want to have individual series/single/parallel switches for the pups - three switches total. Do chrome switches look okay with black hardware or should I go with black?

    The preamp comes with a chrome switch and I can source on/on/on chrome switches locally for about $5 each. If I go with black switches I have to buy them online and it's going to run me $40 for all three.

    What would you do?
  2. The difference in cost says it all.

    But yeah, IMO chrome switches are OK with black hardware. They're submini ones, yes? Those are quite small anyway.
  3. Black hardware isn't what I'm normally into, but I'd spring for the black switches if you can so that it will match.

    I've heard that once you go with black switchgear you never go back...
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It'll be looking OK, but not very well. Or was it looking very nice but not very good ... ~ Barry Manilow
  5. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
  6. If the switches don't match the hardware, it's going to look tacky. You can do black switches on chrome or gold, but if the hardware is black, chrome is totally out of place.
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I'm definitely going with black switches - now it's just a question of how many. I was thinking of series/single/parallel switches for each pup in addition to the z-mode switch on the Audere. I had read that series doesn't get along with low-z mode and parallel sounds huge, but these are SGD Neo's. David tells me that series should work just fine since he doesn't overwimd his pups like other makers. I might just go with a shared series/single switch besides the z-mode switch.
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Do these shoes go well with this shirt? :bag:

    Chrome and black is a classic combination, why mess with a good thing?