NBD Neck Through Stingray. To Tort or not to Tort?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by armybass, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. armybass


    Jul 19, 2001
    Just got this lovely in a TB trade with a great TB’r. Only question is.... to Tort or not to Tort. I love it in none more black mode but think Tort would just be killer!
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  2. I wouldn't
  3. armybass


    Jul 19, 2001
    Yeah the matching headstock almost requires the black pickguard.
  4. jeff62

    jeff62 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Central FL
    You think it looks killer now... just wait until you get a nice brown tort on it. :drool:

    Worst case, you’ll have different pickguards for different moods.
  5. No tort. Keep it classy :cigar:
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  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If it had a maple fretboard I'd say no but here it could go either way.
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  7. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Congrats! Great looking bass.

    On that bass, you can't go wrong. Black on black looks great. Black n tort looks great. (I prefer a bit more red tort on black though.)
  8. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Go for it man, why not. I've seen a cool looking black ray with a matching headstock and a red tort guard. Looked funky as to me!

    I have 2 black Stingrays (but non-matching headstock), one with rosewood board and one with maple board. I thought of having one with a tort guard (I have a tort guard at home too), but I just prefer the look of a matte b/w/b guard on both of them, so I left them like that.

    So, give it a try, you can always switch it back.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    If it had a maple fretboard I'd say yes, absolutely. However, since it is a rosewood FB I don't think or feel that it is obligatory. :)
    Whatever floats your boat.
    Nice bass by the way.
  10. Gee Man

    Gee Man

    Nov 2, 2016
    W. MA.
    Your bass, your taste, your call. Me, definitely tort.
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  11. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    Now a mirror pickguard could look hot.
  12. Black is the only colour id consider putting a tort guard on a Stingray - looks great already though!
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  13. HD007


    Jul 12, 2018
    It would look great I bet. Go for it.
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  14. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    No way. Looks killer just the way it is. I'd love to hear how that thing sounds.
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  15. Scarey Larry

    Scarey Larry Supporting Member

    I would tort. Definitely red. But I might go completely off the reservation with something from Deccoboom. I think a fun pickguard has good vibrations that travel through to the pickups and to a smile that makes you look like you are up something.
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  16. How about white?
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  17. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Rock on.
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  18. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    I like the black on black.
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  19. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    Tort looks like crap except on real, original vintage basses and faithful re-issues.
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  20. The trouble for me is that most if not all tort looks pretty awful these days. Classic black or white (or mirrored at a push) for me.