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Black or Gold

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gzarate85, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Black

    174 vote(s)
  2. Gold

    57 vote(s)
  1. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Hey Tb'ers- I recently purchased this Pavel Jazz Pro Deluxe 5 here on TB and I'm really liking it... except for... the chrome hardware. Never been much of a chrome type guy and just think this baby would look so much better with either black or gold hardware (bridge and tuners). If I go with gold then I'd be looking into getting some wooden control knobs (thinking maybe ebony, to mach the pu covers and ramp). Place your vote and let me know what ya'll think.

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  2. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I forgot to mention, I would be sticking to the same type of hardware (Hipshot B bridge, Hipshot clover tuners).

    Also, I should preface my current feelings... While I like black, I kinda feel that its too popular, so to speak, and the new 'it' thing and don't want to feel like I'm going with the trend. At the same time, gold can sort of date an instrument pretty quickly too and also gold tends to be a make it or break it kind of color. But I'm so conflicted because with this wood color I truly think both would look pretty good. Just my thoughts.

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  3. I can't vote because I think the chrome looks fantastic!
  4. Bigfoot92


    Apr 23, 2011
    Black would be better. Gold looks cheezy to me (unless it's on an all black bass! i think an all black p bass with matching headstock, black pg and rosewood board would look killer with gold hardware!), and i prefer black hardware with natural finish, it looks classy. IMO of course.
  5. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    My preference would be chrome, but from the options, I had to pick black.

    Imo gold hardware only looks good on a black or white bass.
  6. 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
    I like gold hardware, but on that bass, black.
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I don't often see gold hardware that I like - it takes a certain bass to make it look good.

    In order I'd say black, then chrome, then gold for this bass.
  8. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    I'd say black. I want to change the hardware in my Stilletto to black and upgrade the pre amp.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I think that black would look better than gold.
  10. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    I like the chrome but black would look good on that bass
  11. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Gold, as someone said, can be really cheesy IMHO

  12. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    I like me some gold... but for this bass, it's gotta be black.
  13. Gold looks great on woodgrain
  14. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Black. I'm not normally a fan of gold hardware.
  15. jbossolo

    jbossolo Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Not a fan of gold, at all. On this particular axe it could work, though. IMHO, black for the win. It will tie up nice all the other details, like the black PU covers, knobs, and signature on the headstock. I'd also switch that bar on the headstock to a black one, while you're at it. Post some "after" pics.
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I think so too, but in this case I would go with black bridge and tuners. It would also match the black knobs -- not that it's a big deal.
  17. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    CHROME, but since you don't like it, BLACK
  18. agreed, although i'd just replace the knobs =)
  19. vondran


    May 13, 2012
    I think the chrome is the best for this bass. Between black verse gold, I would go black. Gold looks cheezy/plastic to me, and parts from different manufacturers never match - you know it's not actually gold.
  20. ChessTiger


    Oct 26, 2012
    Black gets my vote.