Is the silver flake finish the kyrptonite to the tort pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BusyFingers, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    I think we can all agree with the general rule of thumb that tort guards make every finish look better. Well, almost...

    But what about silver flake? I just did a search for silver flake finish tortoise pickguard and found absolutely nothing. I know this is shocking to most of you, but perhaps there actually is a finish that tort cannot make look better?

    If anyone has a picture of such a combination, please submit for our examination and scrutiny. The Order of the Tort must be notified.
     
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  2. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
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  3. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Just saying, you might come up with a better combo....
     
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  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
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  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
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    Can't tell if this is green, or silver in weird lighting.
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  6. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
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  7. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    The Jazz in my profile picture. Light green metallic and tort? Excuse me while I throw up.
    I don't know what it is, but I just don't like tort with any metallic/sparkle/flake finish. Maybe the one exception for me on that would be a red finish...
     
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  8. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    Tort, overwhelmingly, betters a typical finishes look. You may be right about sparkle finishes, though. Oh well, even Superman had his kryptonite.
     
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  9. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    Yeah, I mean, I just don't know.
     
  10. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
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    I agree, even to the point that I'm not the biggest fan of tort on a natural finish, since it looks too busy.
     
  11. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    Yup, I can live with it on 3TSB, Oly White, Fiesta Red and black. That's about it for me. And I guess it looks okay on most natural finishes. Not my favorite though...
     
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  12. I think it looks great on Charcoal Frost, which has a silver flake undercoat, IIRC.
     
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  13. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Well, I do think it looks good on NicJimBass' EB. Only one so far.
     
  14. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    We most certainly cannot agree on that.
     
  15. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    Also IME tort basses have a tendency to honk like laryngitic geese.
     
  16. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    For the mathmaticallly inclined I present:

    I have indeed seen torts being a bit "clashy" with some finishes/colors. That observation begat the following formulae:

    1. when tort agrees with its setting then it is simply:
    Tort + proper finish/color = +
    1
    or, in short, T+PF/C= +1

    2. when tort DISagrees with its setting (IMPROPER Finish/Color) then it reflects a morphing, cumulative expression such as:

    Tort+improper finish/color = tart = fart = -2 or, in short, T+IPF/C= t = F= -2

    That's how I see/smell it and provable math just cannot be incorrect.
    <I have a formulaic expression for that also> :rolleyes:
     
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  17. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    All is correct and true. The mathematical terms for this phenomenon are as follows:

    tort = independent variable (tort is always good)
    finish = dependent variable (could be good, could be bad)

    Therefore, ergo, if a finish does not look good with a tort pick-guard, mathematically speaking, in consideration of the equation, it should be destroyed in a bonfire (or refinished if you don't want to go to such extremes) so that the equation will work out properly and mathematical harmony will once again be achieved in the Land of Tort.
     
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  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Come on. It started on acoustic instruments, which are natural finishes.
     
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  19. steamthief

    steamthief

    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Think harder!
     
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  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Uh.....I think your theory may be busted there @BusyFingers . That's a freaking great looking combo to me.

    Looks pretty dang good on that Bongo @NicJimBass posted too.

    Of course, to each his own. Whatever makes you happy and all that.
     
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