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Dual pickguard Jazz bass - yay or nay?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by InternetAlias, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Yay!

    15 vote(s)
  2. If you really like it...

    20 vote(s)
  3. Nay!

    52 vote(s)
  1. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    So uh, I am thinking about adding a second pickguard to my jazz. It'd look like this:
    [​IMG], only prettier, obviously. Bear in mind that the jazz I'd do this on is a 100$ SX jazz - I don't care about resale value cause I'm not selling it.

    Basically, this pickguard would cover the badly cut bridge pickup hole and since I am planning to install a few more knobs (that can't be fit onto the control cavity) and will be cutting a chunk of wood on this bass, it'd cover it (near the control cavity).

    Also, I pick near the bridge and I often hit the body cause my strings are too close to it, this would also fix that body scratch issue.

    So, who likes this idea? And if so, what kind of pickguard would one suggest? I can pretty much get any 'standard' design in sheet form and cut to taste, black, white, cream, ivory, tort, etc.
  2. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    I'm voting a big no, but that's just MHO. But do YOU! Who knows, you might be a huge trend setter!
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Might look ok.
  4. Do a Marcus Miller-style cut, that'd look better IMO.

  5. lavmonga

    lavmonga Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    New York, NY
    Maybe if the original pickguard was one color and the addition is a different color. Kind of a Yin Yang look.
  6. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Get a PG blank and cut a new one so it's one piece?
  7. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    Custom builder - Arizona Bass Company/Curcio Custom Basses
    Your bass, so customize it how you like. However I would suggest that if you do it, you send a tracing of what you want it to look like to someone like pickguardian or terrapin guitars so you have a professional looking product.

    Good luck. I'd like to see it if you do follow through.

  8. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    Thanks for replies everyone, I've decided I will cut a sketch shape myself and then let a pro do it :D Might do a tort, white and black ones, and possibly a full scale pickguard (one piece, plus over the control cavity). I will keep people updated in this thread :D However, I see a lot of bassists have voted nay, so I guess this design will not be very popular among us bassmen, but if anything, it will be slightly unique :)
  9. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    Are you really that sloppy with your pick strumming?

  10. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    Haha, knew someone would ask that! Well, my neck socket was trimmed a nice bit and my action is really low, so my strings are only 1.2cm off the body. Since I pick near the bridge, I get a terrible playing angle which causes me to hit the body pretty often when elbow-strumming (plus really that I like to dig in with!)
  11. Make it a 1 piece guard that covers that entire area and it might look nice. I did something similar on my MIM P when I had a bad pickup route. It was OK, but the design needed some tweaking.
  12. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Instead of a straight line by the bridge. Follow the body contour and round it off and have it end at the tip of the silver plates point.
  13. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Its hard to explain. Look at how the upper oart of the add on meshes with the arm contours body profile. Do the same all the way and it should look fairly good
  14. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    Yeah, that's how I am drawing it over now :D
  15. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Care for a little photo-shoppery to better see the results?

    If you like the results AND it's on an inexpensive bass, why not?
  16. How about adding a Bigsby to cover the routing and the gouges? Personally, I think that could look very cool and stylish - a chrome Bigsby with a tailpiece, on a colour scheme as timeless and understated as black, white and maple. Even if it was not actually connected to the strings in any way, it might cover up a lot of the damage and would look gorgeous!

    John Squire of The Stone Roses had a couple of custom Fender Jaguars built for him which featured the classic Jaguar tremolo, completely disconnected from the strings and the bridge. He wanted them to be included in the design just because they look so good on a Jaguar, and those two guitars were stunningly pretty...


    I know that it is not really what you were looking for, but I just thought that I would throw it in as something to consider! Good luck with your project! :)
  17. msaone


    May 13, 2012
    Personally I hate pick guards, but its not my bass.
  18. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    I agree with this
  19. Funk_Pirate


    Oct 6, 2012
    +1 to this suggestion
  20. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    I voted nay, it looks too boxy for a jazz bass. Maybe if you followed the contour of the body more it might look nicer.

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