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Custom chrome - love it or hate it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BeeTL, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Love it

    39 vote(s)
  2. Hate it

    10 vote(s)
  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I think I've watched too many hot rod and chopper shows on TV, and now I'm obsessed with chrome.

    I just can't get enough of it, and I like it custom vs. off-the-shelf.

    Does anyone else share my chrome obsession, or do I need to go to a hot rod forum?


  2. I don't mind it, unless there's too much.
    Imagine Rob Trujillo's new(ish) custom model with an aluminium neck.
    Although I am quite partial to chrome hardware and a mirrored pickguard a la Steve Harris and Philip Lynott.
  3. justjazz


    Jul 28, 2012
    Do people run away screaming and holding their ears when you play? If not, don't worry about it!
    Have you ever seen Jaco's bass? From a beauty queen standpoint, it didn't win any medals. BUT- from a musician's standpoint, the sound that it produced...

    Your chrome looks cool. If it makes you happy, go for it!
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I think it would depend on the bass for me. On the bass pictured it looks pretty good. Slap a bunch of chrome on a Spector NS-2 and I'll want to slap you.
  5. 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 love chrome hardware, especially on Thunderbirds, it's an expensive love! Two, of many in my collection.

    My very gaudy Nikki Sixx Mk.II.


    My Mike Lull T-4 the first production one, all chrome hardware, bridge and pickup covers.

  6. i wouldn't say i'm a "chrome guy", but that bass is beautiful...i stared at the pic for several minutes and then saved the picture, hehe...i'm assuming that's your own design and if so, well done!
  7. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    Definitely. Chrome is almost always good.
  8. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    I love it if it's purposeful. Don't like it as just added bling.
  9. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I like the mix of natural wood, paint and metal.

    Plastic...not so much.
    Jaco's bass had only wood and chrome.

    Cool by me...:cool:
    I think you're right there...not the right aesthetic.
    Gorgeous basses!

    You can't tell the TBird is a favorite of mine, can you?

    Yes, it's mine...and thank you.
    Good man.
    Agreed...although Teye pushes that envelope pretty aggresively and I LOVE his work:

  10. I love that bass...it's like a thunderbird mixed with a Rudy Sarzo sig (the washburn, not the peavey).
  11. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA

    and we do not even want to discuss the chrome on my harley:D
  12. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland

    Yeah...like those too! Might be an exception to the rule;)
  13. As an accent i love it..add too much bling and its not my style. If I don't have to polish it I really love it. :)

    Your bass knocks it out of the park. Clean and very well thought out.

    Attached Files:

  14. .BumeStik.


    Jul 15, 2012
    Gilbert, AZ
    I never thought I would really dig chrome on guitars. But, one of my last live shows before I moved was playing the opening of new location of the Normandy Guitar Factory. Normandy guitars and basses are Aluminum bodied and they get Wild with some of their accent jobs. Some of the chrome work they had on some of the Normandy Guitars blew my mind. Made me think chrome may be OK. :)
  15. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I like Nickel, too.

    To be fair, my bridges and rings are actually polished stainless.

    Also, I've tried to like tort pickguards, but I just...can't.


    On blacking out chrome, I'm fond of this "best of both worlds" style by Advanced Plating in Nashville:

  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member


    There are always exceptions, but I generally prefer chrome hardware. Nice thread, some really cool pictures here!
  17. I love the chrome. It's all class.


    I have encountered a few gigs when a nice shiney bass just felt wrong. I had to "relic" my big chrome bridge and other hardware on my slum rock gig bass. It's sooooo gross now. LOL.

  18. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I think chrome pickup covers and trim on T-birds looks fantastic. I love chrome on old cars. But, on some basses, I prefer the subtle effect of black hardware. It's really a case by case thing to me.

    That black T-bird in the first post looks beautiful.
  19. Love the chrome. Now, the body shape...
  20. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    As in my former motorcycle world, I still ascribe to the philosophy of:

    "If it don't move......CHROME it!"


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