Fender Jazz Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frsbdg, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. frsbdg


    Jan 4, 2015
    Anchorage, AK
    I tried searching for this already, but am not even sure what the correct term is for this part. I'm curious to know why the "plate" under the knobs of a Fender Jazz Bass is always chrome, and not just an extension of the pick guard (similar to the Precision Bass). That two-tone look is just strange, in my opinion. Can that piece be swapped out to match the pick guard?
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yes, you can replace it with plastic, but you would lose the grounding / shielding benefits, so if you do it, make sure there's a conductive foil liner on the backside of the plastic, or you'll be buzzing more.
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  3. Solar


    Jun 8, 2015
    Some older basses did only have the one-piece. I know the Mark Hoppus Bass does. Once you see the one-piece, I think you'll like the chrome a lot better.
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  4. Bergerman

    Bergerman Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    Creswell, OR
    Originally it might have been metal to help shield the control cavity. Fender did make some Jazzes with a one-piece pickguard just like you ask about as well. You can swap out the plate with anything you like, as long as it's still grounded and shielded properly...
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  5. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    880091[1].png Fender Modern Player short scale (30") Jazz bass follows Mark Hoppus signature offerings.

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  6. frsbdg


    Jan 4, 2015
    Anchorage, AK
    So it's functional. Thanks for the info!
  7. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    It's also easier to ditz around with the tone stack since you don't have to remove the entire pickguard to get into the control cavity.

    If you like to tinker or experiment, that could be a real plus. Especially since wood screws can only be removed and reseated so many times before you have to replug the holes they're going into.
  8. jim nolte

    jim nolte

    Oct 26, 2006
    if you have ever seen the broken plastic around the output jack around a Precision bass you will see why. Leo intended the jazz to be an "upgrade" to the Precision and he probably had seem some broken pickguards by then by guys yanking on or stepping on the patch cords and stressing out that area. Also shielding as has been mentioned. Jim
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  9. Dradder


    Feb 7, 2013
    Reno, Nevada
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  10. Exactly, meaning strings and all... unless swapping pickups you can take care of a lot of business easily with the control plate separate. Also, on any without a PG (for example the Jaco-style ones including my Squier fretless VM) it hides the only otherwise-visible routing. I found a cheap black powder-coated control plate and it gave my VM a pretty cool look. Not so different, just a little cooler :)

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