Help me choose the pickguard for my new old Music Man SUB

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mouthmw, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Black

    28 vote(s)
  2. White

    6 vote(s)
  3. Keep the original

    1 vote(s)
  4. Other (specify)

    8 vote(s)
  1. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    So I've finally found one of the old USA SUBs, since I wanted to get one ever since I found out about them, to keep my Ray GAS at bay, and it's on its way to me!
    It's the neatly named "puke wine red/purple" finish, with the original scratchplate that I doubt I'll wanna keep. So far, 2 looks are rather sharp to me - with a black pickguard and with a white one.
    I can't really decide, so help me out :)

    Grabbed the pics online for comparison purposes.

    Or maybe you'd prefer the look of some other pickguard on it? I was even contemplating dark grey pearl, but I feel it would clash somewhat because of the textured body finish, so I'd better go with a solid color. Same for the white pearl, except I don't like the look of white pearl on any bass ever (well, 99% of the times, always leave room for doubt ;) )

    Of course, there's always a chance I'll love the original guard, but.. I really doubt it.

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  2. Fondsdale


    Sep 30, 2015
    Out of those two I'd pick white but I think a white pearloid guard would really suit this bass. A clear guard would look cool too.
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  3. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Clear. Then cut out interesting prints and/or solid colours to size and put under the clear guard each time you fancy a change.
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  4. Mosstone


    Jun 20, 2009
    If I had to choose between white and black, I'd choose black. But how about a clear guard back painted in gold? I think that would look swank!
  5. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Clear painted gold? :O Wait, how does that work? :D It starts off as a clear guard but you spray it gold or?
  6. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I think white or black pearl would look nice. Plain white looks cheap, plain black looks fine.
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  7. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    if there as a write in spot, I'd vote for black pearloid......
  8. Mosstone


    Jun 20, 2009
    Yeah, except you paint the back of the pickguard, so its clear on top. Rickenbacker used to do that back in the 60s. It gives the PG a little more depth than if it were painted on the front.
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  9. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I was thinking of that one too! Really wonder how that would look like.
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  10. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years

    May 3, 2008
    Perloid white or black to offset the rather flat background of the wine bass. need some POP in that presentation.
  11. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    How about aged pearloid?
  12. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    I like black, but not a triple layer black/white/black, just solid black, or even black aluminum.
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  13. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Make a new thread and call it "photoshop request:XXX" and say what you're thinking. There are some decent photoshoppers on here so you can try aesthetic mods without actually performing them. I do this all the time, the community is always very helpful with it.

    I do also think the black pearloid would look good on wine red.
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  14. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    I have one of those in Graphite Grey (Charcoal) and I ordered mine with the Diamond Plate, aluminum pickguard; I really dig that look. Is that what yours is coming with?
    To go along with the textured look, (Something NOT flashy) I'd say maybe, Matte Black?
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  15. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Black...Gloss...with white and black 3 ply
    Traditional and great
  16. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    Is it active?
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Someone will suggest tort before the end of this thread
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  18. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    We need photo's of the original for the uninitiated...those who aren't aware of how hideous the stock pickguards were on these need to be brought up to speed...

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  19. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    ^^This, in white. Had similar color Jazz bass and the antique white pearloid looked great, imho.
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  20. irjason

    irjason In Memoriam

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
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