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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kwesi, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. I'm having a new bass built and it's nearing completion but I still cannot decide on a color!



    I've run through a bunch of possible colors in my mind and I've gone all over the internet looking for pic but it'd be great if I could see some pics of jazz basses with figured maple tops and trans finishes from the TB crew.
  2. make it white (either ivory or see thru): it will never annoy you. (MVHO)

    P.S.: if you will put a pickguard, have it done 1 layer pearloid white. Just to give you a rough idea...

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  3. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Traditional three tone sunburst never goes out of style.
  4. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I've struggled with the same quandary when thinking about what my next bass will be, so I've collected pictures of finishes I've liked. These aren't all Jazz basses of course, but maybe one of them will strike your fancy.

    The Sadowsky site has a bunch of pics in their recently sold NYC and Metro sections, might take a spin through those. I've attached a couple of my favorites. I like the black with and without the pickguard equally... I'd put a white pearl guard on it though. I could see your bass with a clear/translucent finish like the spalt one that makes it just barely a shade or two darker than the fretboard.

    I like the finishes on the top three in the next pic because however the guy did them, the grain really pops out in addition to the color. I like the siver-ish over quilt finish the most, wonder what that would look like on your top wood?

    The guitar has a finish I've always wanted on a bass, totally awesome IMO.


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  5. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Denver, CO
    This Pedulla is seriously one of my favorite basses of all time. That deep sapphire blue on that awesome woodgrain... Whew! Again, not a Jazz bass, but if you use your imagination, I could see that color on your bass pretty easily. But then again, blue is my favorite color. And this is a pretty freakin' good looking blue. :)

    Lastly, I saw this body on the Warmoth site a while back. I like it because of the blue top, but the body is still the natural color so it gives it an interesting contrast.


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  6. I like the woodgrain. Keep it natural, not even pickguard.
  7. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Oh, and I can't tell you how many hours and hours I've spent on the Carvin gallery and the players museum.........

    Hope SOMETHING I posted helps! :bassist:

  8. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
  9. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    White or black or a tobacco/sunburst. They are classic colors, and for a reason. I love my white Jazz, and because it's aged a bit, it looks great with aged pearl, tort, and/or black pickguards. A nice flamed maple top is nice as well, but I'd stick with earth tones. I would stay away from loud flashy colors...

    Who's doing your build?
  10. Barca_bass


    May 22, 2011
    Pink like Munji's Lakland?
  11. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Oh my. That is some KILLER figuring in that fb. I'd love to see a pic of the top wet w/ naptha or something to show the grain a bit more. With that quilt, I'm tending to agree w/ 5strgecko... a deep blue would be killer. I'd also think a bright green would be nice with that bubbly quilt, a la this Benavente:
    beng95. .
  12. Greenburst with a matching 'stock!
  13. I have a guitar with a quilt top in transparent orange, and I think it looks sick... here's a stock photo:


    I don't think I'm ever getting rid of that guitar, man. I love it. And the quilt on these isn't even super pronounced, on yours it would look amazing.
    Gassing for a bass in that color now. :D

  14. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Nice! I'm a big Lakland fan, and their Hanson guitars are super-cool. I'll get one someday.

    BTW, I'm pretty sure the inspiration for that finish is the Markus Orange Lakland Joe Osborn. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/show-me-your-orange-basses-678695/#post9460603

  15. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    The answer is always denimburst.

  16. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Natural just like it is. Nice bass though!!!
  17. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Emerald Green
  18. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Transblue or Bora Blueburst ala Sadowsky (Wilkins). Pics do not do justice to those finish but in person...
  19. The other day I thought the sunset made the sky look like a quilted maple top with a blue dye to cherryburst finish. I think you should do it!

  20. Whatever color you like as long as its transparent enough to see the wood. I'm not huge on blonde or natural basses, but it would be sweet on that.

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