Did Fender Make Metal Pickguards in '73?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Franklin229, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Franklin229

    Franklin229 Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeast USA
    Just got a really, really nice playing, uglier than heck '73 P Bass. It is all original except it has a black metal pickguard. Did Fender make metal pickguards in the '70's? Just curious.
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    Not that I've ever heard.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    At one time (possibly not as late as the '70s) Fender offered a gold anodized metal guard. I don't believe they ever offered a black metal guard.
  4. jsbarber

    jsbarber Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    The P-bass came with an anodized pickguard in 57-58/59. (I'm not sure if the original 51-56 had metal, probably did.) After 59 I believe they were plastic.