Making A Black P Bass Look More Interesting

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JakeAndAirwaves, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. JakeAndAirwaves

    JakeAndAirwaves Guest

    Jun 3, 2011
    I'm looking for a used P bass, and on the used market, there's not many other than black ones with a white guard.
    I've never been a fan of this color combo. I have a Squier VM Jag, which is black with a tort guard.
    Does anyone have any ideas to spice up this color combo, other than a refinish? I've been thinking more along the lines of hardware and guard colors. Pictures are welcome.
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  2. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Maybe go with a mint green pickguard and all black hardware?...that could be cool.
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  3. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    I've got to suggest a chrome scratchplate, always goes down well.
  4. StraightSix


    Nov 23, 2011
    I would either go with a tort pickguard or black/white/black looks classy on a black body.
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  5. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    For me, the pickguard depends on the neck...

    Black & Maple = BWB
    Black & Rosewood = BWB or Tort

    I've got both a maple and a rosewood, and both of them sport a BWB guard.
  6. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
    Black body, black pickguard, with maple neck is a winner with me.
  7. Wannaflea

    Wannaflea Guest

    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
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  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I like red and black together, so a red pickguard, or red pearl pickguard, looks good to me.
  9. Play something really interesting on it, that always makes basses seem more interesting to me!
  10. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude

    Jul 8, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Mix and match pickguard color choices till You find something that suits You. Changing the pickguard on a P bass, can alter the entire look of the instrument and won't cost You a heck of a lot of cash.
  11. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Long Island
    I'm a jazz bass guy till the end. But I don't think there is anything more beautiful then a Black P Bass, with a Rosewood neck and a Tort pickguard. So damn sexy :D
  12. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha & Grosbeak. I’m Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Black w/ White Pickguard on a maple fingerboard is a little boring, but alright. I would never get a Black w/ White Pickguard and a ROSEWOOD fingerboard, as that makes the bass (to me, anyway) look like a cheap knockoff.

    No matter what you go with, I suggest keeping Chrome hardware.

    I would say if you have to go for a rosewood fingerboard, maybe put in a tortoise, red, or red pearl pickguard.
    With a maple, I think you have more options. Shell or red pearl will look nice (I dunno about solid red). A gold pickguard will make it look chocolatey-caramel & 50'sish, a mirrored could be really cool. I also think blue pearl will look really good.
  13. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Add a pickup cover. See below.

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  14. Relayer71

    Relayer71 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I really like this idea.

    I would also go with a tort or paisley print.
  15. Bridge cover + pearloid pickguard.
  16. Audiophage

    Audiophage Guest

    Jan 9, 2005
    Try a gold pickguard like on the '57 reissues. Those have always struck me as being underutilized.
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  17. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    Paint it red
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  18. jamestown94west

    jamestown94west Guest

    Jul 16, 2011
    the ozarks

    i just finished this last weekend.

    its got a mint green pick guard, but my camera makes it look white.

    i wanted to put all black hardware on this bass, which i think looks awesome. but, it was easier to get nickel/chrome stuff, so thats the way i went.

    a white body with black pick guard, and all black hardware would be awesome

    3tsb body with a tort guard, maple neck and creme pickup would be cool

    i also like to mismatch hardware, and kind of go for a mutt look
  19. Black + Black + Maple


    Black + Cream Pearloid + Maple

    works for me.

    The first is for serious rock.
    The second is for any application.

  20. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Geezer Butler!

    Another option is to use some of the DR neon colored strings - they really pop on a black and white bass.