NBD: DIY bass poll, pickguard or bare

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CodyMonster, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. CodyMonster


    Jun 15, 2020
    So I'm at the point where I either drill a bunch of holes or keep the top nice and clean.

    Which of these two would you pick?

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  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Both ways is fine but without looks more interesting, imo.
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  3. CletusMarley

    CletusMarley Knuckle Dragger Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2018
    I like it with.
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  4. KevinDBassist


    Aug 14, 2020
    St. Louis
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  5. Bleecker

    Bleecker Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    I voted no way, either looks good but drilling the holes in that would be hard for me.

    Good luck!
  6. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Looks better to me with. But - if you’ll also have a control plate. If not, maybe better without the guard or have a slightly different, rounded shape of guard towards the controls.
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  7. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    Without a control panel also fitted, a pick guard only bass makes a bass look like a 'parts' bass to me.

    I would leave it off.
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  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    A pickguard without a control plate looks odd on a jazz. IMO. I'd keep it bare. Or add a plate in addition to the guard.

    Up to you, ultimately... It's your bass. You're the one that has to look at it.
  9. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2020
    Hmmm I wonder.

  10. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I guess if you play with a pick it would serve a purpose, otherwise, nah
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  11. Looks better without. Even if you are a dedicated, pinky digging, slapper, it’ll take years to do real damage to the clear coat. But I’ve put really annoying swirls and light scratches on a black pick guard in just an hour.

    What, exactly, is the thinking behind making a pickguard out of a soft, easily abraded material?

    I’ve never liked pickguards.
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  12. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    Confusing poll. Can the choices be simply Yes guard and No guard?

    I would vote Yes.
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  13. kentiki


    May 14, 2008
    It looks good both ways, but you spent cash not to need a control plate.
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  14. thisheregiraffe


    Aug 24, 2019
    Step away from the drill and nobody gets hurt!
  15. BEADG63

    BEADG63 Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Buffalo, NY
    Without (IMHO). Of the 14 basses I currently own, none of my favorites sport pick guards. I prefer the clean lines.
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  16. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I'm just the opposite. I love the contrast that a pick guard provides. Of course most of my basses are Fenders or Fender-like.

    On a Warwick, Spector, or something like that the "no-pickguard" look works well. But on Fender-styled basses, I much prefer a guard.
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  17. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    No guard
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  18. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    What kinda pickups are those? Nordstrand?

    I could see it either way... But go sans first. Can always add later.
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  19. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    Part of it for me depends on the rest of the bass as well. I tend to say bare and thats how i voted (No way!), but the right fingerboard material/inlays/matching-headstock-or-not combination could change my mind
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  20. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    No plastic cooties on me.