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Gold Hardware

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Skerik1, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. Skerik1


    Sep 21, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
  2. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I would go with the black personally. I think it looks more tasteful and it doesn't tarnish or get dinged up as easily. Less maintenence.
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Gold plating usually is the least durable. It does depend on who does the plating, though. Schaller is pretty good, Gotoh is okay.

    Why does Darrin hate it?
  4. gyancey


    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    It also depends on your body chemistry and where you live. Do you kill strings quickly? Do people avoid shaking your hand? I think its the builders perrogative, no responsibility to build things that fall within their personal aesthtic comfort zone. If your name is on it you should believe in it. Then again "hate" and "prefer not to" are different things...
  5. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    Hate is such a strong word.............
    I HATE gold hardware!!! :D

    But, that is my personal tastes is all. I don't like gold period. I don't tell my customers I won't use gold, but Matt asked MY opinion and on my own bass I wouldn't use gold.

    I recently bought a Jeep Cheokee and I didn't get the Limited package becuase it includes gold wheels and gold pinstriping. Yuck!

    p.s. I don't think gold is too bad looking on Matt's bass though.............
  6. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Personally, I like gold hardware on red/yellow/orange or warm-colored natural wood. Otherwise, I prefer chrome. Black...I try to avoid.
  7. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I'm kinda like Brooks on this one. I have this whole contrast fetish thing going. On dark wood I like bright hardware and on lighter woods (maple, maple, ash, alder) I like dark hardware.

    I have seen gold plating peel and chip, though, and folks, that ain't pretty.