Help me choose a colour scheme for a Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Goosetavo, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Goosetavo


    Apr 24, 2020
    Hello, guys

    As you know, we're all in quarantine locked inside, so I decided it'd be fun to mess a little bit with an old Washburn WB10 from 1994 I have laying around (It's a Jazz Bass, both in looks and electronics), it always felt nice, it's built in the USA, the wood is alright and the sound is decent enough but with room for improvement.

    I decided to swap the pickups for a pair of Fender Vintage '74 Jazz P-Ups, change the electronics for better ones, and give it a paint job.

    At the moment, the bass is Candy Apple Red with white pickguard and rosewood fretboard. It has some dents and scratches, but nothing too noticeable. So colour wise, which of these two options do you think will look nicer and unique?

    1. Metallic Antique Olive body, with tortoise pickguard and black headstock


    2. Keep the Candy Apple Red, swap the pickguard for a tortoise one, and paint the headstock black


    ¿Any other suggestions? If it helps, I mostly play classic jazz and rock (stoner and sludge).

    (I used Fender's Mod Shop app to try and visualize how it'd look).
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2020
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  2. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal

    I will suggest the color scheme of my new bass.

    Dark satin Grey with tort!

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  3. Goosetavo


    Apr 24, 2020
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  4. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    I like that green WAY more than I would've guessed. I'd say do that!
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  5. anticlimactic


    Apr 6, 2020
    I love the Olive, but last concert I saw, the olive didn't really look good under the stage lights. White/Mint PG/Maple FB is what I've been dreaming of in a future Jazz bass.
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  6. Goosetavo


    Apr 24, 2020
    Olympic White with Mint PG is very classy. That'd be a beautiful jazz bass.
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  7. Craig T Vector

    Craig T Vector Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    Liberty Hill, TX
    Both look great, but I have to say the olive. Not sure you could go wrong either way.
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  8. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
  9. vanderbe

    vanderbe Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2006
    I’m a sucker for cherry sunburst finishes.
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  10. Goosetavo


    Apr 24, 2020
    I'm not confident enough with my skills to attempt a cherry sunburst finish! But yeah, I agree, this finish is an all time classic. Used to have an Epiphone LP with cherry burst finish, absolutly gorgeous looks.
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  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    TBH: i generally vote "black" for everything, but lately i've been impressed with some red axes, so i'm gonna go with that even though i like the olive a lot. if you were talking about a fretless ax here --- i'd go with the olive + unlined ebony board. or maybe the red one with unlined maple...wait, no --- reverse that!... :laugh:

    i think they're both good choices, OP! if i couldn't have both i'd have to toss a coin or wait for 'a sign'! but good luck with your project --- be sure to share pics of the new ax! :thumbsup:

    edit: i'm not endorsing pickguard colors at this time. :laugh:
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  12. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I like 'em both, but I would not ruin a nice candy apple red - I'd just seek to enhance it.
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  13. Ruben1973


    Mar 21, 2020
    Of the two colors that you have put, I would stay with red. That if, I would put the headstock also in the same color as the body, whatever color you put.
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  14. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    Of the two color choices, hands down the candy apple red and I would paint the headstock to match if you’re set on painting it.
  15. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Metallic Antique Olive body, with tortoise pickguard and black headstock seems to me something more interesting than candy apple.
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  16. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
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  17. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    @ OP, I like your option 2. What if you went with option 2 and did a relic job on the entire thing?
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  18. Juststanley


    Aug 11, 2014
    My next project will be Shoreline Gold.....sumpin' different
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  19. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    CAR, but with matching headstock instead of black.
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  20. Sub-hoo-fer


    Nov 27, 2015
    +5 (Or 6? I lost count) for the CAR plus tort plus matching headstock.

    If I were tackling this job I would do the pups and guard first and see where that got me. You can always tackle the paint - either just the headstock or the whole thing - as “phase 2”.
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  21. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Oh yeah, I forgot. Welcome to TB, Goosetavo.
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