Jazz Bass Project: From Chrome to Black

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Soberglitch, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. Soberglitch


    Feb 14, 2021
    I bought this Fender 75th Anniversary bass with the intention of swapping all the chrome hardware to black. Very proud of how it turned out so I figured I’d share it with you all.

    Great looking and playing bass to begin with, I’m just not a fan of chrome at all. Threw on some Hipshot tuners, Fender bridge, Icon neck plate, all black screws, control plate, and strap buttons.


    My inspiration was my favorite bass, my Stingray Special in charcoal sparkle. I wanted another sparkly finish with black hardware.

    The only hiccup is that the new control plate is fairly low quality. Finish isn’t great and it’s a little too big so it hangs over the pickguard.


    Next to happen with this bass is I’ll be swapping in these Tom Brantley Geddy Lee rewind pickups.

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2021
  2. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Good choice.
    Black looks much better.
    (I always wonder why more people don't ditch the chrome control plate and get something to match their pickguard.)
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  3. Soberglitch


    Feb 14, 2021
    Thanks, I agree. The small things like the control plate and screws made a huge difference even if the fit and finish was off.
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  4. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    Really cool.
    I wish I'd done the same with my Sunburst Geddy when I changed the tuners.
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  5. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Looks great! I'd like to do that with this bass at some point:

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  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'm definitely a fan of black hardware but for some reason I like that one better with the chrome hardware. Maybe it's the color of the paint but the black hardware doesn't do it for me on that one.
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Chrome hardware on the OP's bass or mine?
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    OP's 75th Anniversary J, sorry for any confusion.
  9. Soberglitch


    Feb 14, 2021
    With that dark fretboard and the matching headstock I think that would look great. I think I spent around $200 for everything including the tuners. Definitely a project that was worthwhile.
  10. GTx2


    Jun 12, 2017
    Sew perdy.....
  11. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I'll eventually do it all. I might get the replacement bridge sooner than later since I know where to get one, but it's not a regular replacement item
  12. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Suspended Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    Now we both need some DR Black Beauties. ;)
  13. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Super cool. The neck plate is a great touch.

    Also, check out D'Andrea pick guards. I am not sure if they still OEM for Fender but they have done so and their tolerances are exact fit to Fender specs right down to the screw holes. You can get one for about $20 on Reverb or anywhere else. But to be fair there's always a chance of some gap between the metal plate and the guard. Your bass looks nice.
  14. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    I'm partial to chrome hardware but the black looks pretty good here.
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