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gold or chrome hardware?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fenderx55, Jun 12, 2005.


  1. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
  2. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    before it was all assembled:
     
  3. I think gold looks good on a wood finished bass,(cirrus), but chrome looks better on a painted bass.
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm strictly a chrome guy. My upright has gold hardware, but all my electrics have chrome. Wouldn't have it any other way. It's mostly based on cost. Chrome parts are always less.
     
  5. 43apples

    43apples Guest

    Nov 9, 2003
    I prefer Gold on a finish with "cold" colors and dark colored woods, and Crome on a "Warmer" color, such as cherry sunburst and also on Ash or maple.

    I don't like black hardware, just a bit boring IMO ;)
     
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Gold looks like ass after a few years. It gets dingy as the incredibly thin plating wears off. I hate it. Black or chrome all the way for me.
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Gold looks good on the right bass, but looks cheesy on a lot of basses. Chrome is understated and classy.

    Like Philbiker said, inexpensive gold hardware dulls and pits pretty quickly, and can look pretty bad after a few years.

    Some of the big name manufacturers like Hipshot and ABM are using a matte finish gold, which looks like it will last much longer. But these products cost a lot of money.
     
  8. fenderx55

    fenderx55

    Jan 15, 2005
    NYC/Queens
    thanks guys, looks like i'm stayin with chrome. :bassist: