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Fiesta Red / Maple Neck P: What Pickguard color????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ShirazBop, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    Putting together a Build-A-P...

    Fender Fiesta Red '50's P body
    Warmoth Maple/Maple Fender P neck (70's Fender decal)
    Bill Lawrence P-46 pickups
    GOTOH 201 Bridge
    Probably Sadowsky Blue Nickel strings.

    Question is what do you guys think for a Pickguard Color?

    My first thought was Red Tort (kinda like a maple board version of a Pino...).

    Other thoughts would be maybe a pearloid or parchment.

    I've seen some black's which are kinda cool as well...

    I've looked and looked on the threads to see any with the tort guard configuration but have come up empty...

    Any Pics out there with this combination, and/or other ideas (besides the Aluminum..)

    Last, I saw on one thread where someone stated that a Standard Fender P Pickguard would not fit on these MIM 50's models... Any perspectives on that from you guys????

    I'll post picks when completed...
  2. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    3-ply cream
    3-ply black
    black pearloid
    red pearl
  3. I'm with you. Black pearl might look good. Maybe a 3-ply black/red/black. Solid cream or parchment, too.

    I'm not so sure how the red pearl would look on a Fiesta Red body, though.
  4. duffisgod


    Aug 28, 2010
    On my recently accquired 50's Precision (pics to come :)) I bought a black 3-ply pickguard for it.

    The standard pickguard is gold anodized aluminium, with 10 screw holes. The aftermarket one has 13 in the standard Fender configuration.

    9 holes lined up fine, however the 50's P has the 10th on the bottom edge inbetween the volume and tone pots, whereas on the standard configuration there are 2 screw locations near to each pot.

    But with a couple of more holes drilled it would have fitted perfectly.

    In reference to your original question, I'd personally go for either a 3-ply white or mint :bassist:

    Hope this helps :)
  5. nato101010


    Dec 12, 2009
    Creme or white, I think that would look good.
  6. ishouldbeking


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hollywood, CA
    Endorsing: SIT, Eastwood, Hanson
    black. this example (Noah, from the Airborne Toxic Event) looks more like a chrome red, and i believe it's a 70's p, but the color combo is perfect. i think it would work well w/ fiesta red as well, though any of the traditional colors would also look good (tort, white, parchment, mint)

  7. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Kinda like this, except that example is Candy Apple Red, I believe and the pickguard is red tortoiseshell. But it's a similar idea.

  8. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
  9. ishouldbeking


    Feb 5, 2007
    Hollywood, CA
    Endorsing: SIT, Eastwood, Hanson
    ooh, good call. that'd be the classic '50s approach. can't argue with time-tested results!

  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    on a FR bass, i'd go with parchment or ano-gold.

    here's a fiesta red jazz bass that i built (only with a rosewood board) with a parchment guard (unfortunately it looks like a white one in these photos)


  11. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
  12. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Black for sure.
  13. exactly!

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Here is a pic of my Road Worn with a Tort Guard. Although this bass is now LPB with the Gold Guard...
  15. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009

    Good Luck!
  16. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
  17. This is my favorite color-pick guard combination. Love it!
  18. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    Great inputs folks! Thank you duffisgod for the data on the hole placements... Sounds like a couple extra holes will need to be drilled into the body to enable the Standard P guards from fitting. Shouldn't be a problem. Thank you Adrian for the photo of the specific combination in question...I do like it very much!

    If any one has any other illustrative pics for the Fiesta Red / Maple combination, please post 'em!
  19. ShirazBop


    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC

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  20. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    It's not exactly Fiesta Red, but it gives you an idea. I just made this with a red pearloid PG, and it gives off the fun vibe I was hoping for.


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