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NBD, with or with out pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PennyroyalWe, Jun 24, 2020.


  1. With

    149 vote(s)
    56.0%
  2. Without

    117 vote(s)
    44.0%
  1. PennyroyalWe

    PennyroyalWe

    Sep 2, 2018
    Oregon
    Picked up a used 2017 affinity jazz bass for the price of a Glarry today. It’s my first jazz bass, closest I had/have is a peavey foundation. It plays really well once I set it up, the strings seem pretty new too. It’s not my favorite sounding bass, but I suspect a change in pickups could do a world of good. Fun color, race red. Pretty stoked to find bass is routed so that it looks pretty good without the pg. So the question is, keep it on or take it off? 5AD14360-34E3-49D7-9A81-957D36BA7120.jpeg A4A95B58-3C54-49F3-B103-2AFAB7A29EF1.jpeg
     
  2. SubHuman

    SubHuman

    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    If the screws are already drilled I install. If it’s a virgin body I keep it virgin!
     
  3. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Dark tort.....
     
  4. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Agreed.
     
  5. Looks great either way, but better without it imo
     
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  6. PennyroyalWe

    PennyroyalWe

    Sep 2, 2018
    Oregon
    Ooooo like the old CV 60’s p..... Dang, now I gotta hunt down one that fits the screw pattern.
     
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  7. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Roadworn J actually..... hehe
     
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  8. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Looks just enough out of the ordinary to really stand out without the guard, so I say go without.

    I own three Squier instruments (one for the price of a Glarry), and yes, I think you will like yours better with different pickups. I see a Squier acquisition as a DI(S)Y* customization opportunity.

    *”S” stands for “sorta”
     
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  9. Peteyboy

    Peteyboy

    Apr 2, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Black would look sharp on that. That's the beauty of pickguards: you can get a few and change them out when you feel like it!
     
  10. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    It's not hiding any ugly routing: leave it off.
     
  11. FerK

    FerK

    Dec 11, 2011
    Switzerland
    I am a big fan of a decent PG. To me, unless the bass has an outrageously beautiful wood grain, a bass without a pickguard is just anathema...wouldn't even touch it. I very seriously considered returning a custom Dingwall because it wasn't delivered with the pickguard I ordered (there was a mix-up with the dealer, and I never knew the pickguard wouldn't be an option, although I had ordered it). So I vote "WITH".
     
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  12. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    Looks great both ways, however, I voted to keep the guard, but I would paint the headstock to match.
     
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  13. With.

    Just my opinion - many people disagree, and that's fine - but I've never liked the look of a Jazz bass without a pick guard. Something about that control plate with the knobs on, sitting there all by itself, looks wrong to me. Yes, even on Jaco tribute basses.
     
  14. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Personally, I'd go for a pickguard, but not THAT pickguard. Maybe gold, or blue 'gator sparkle.
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  15. TrevorG

    TrevorG

    Nov 30, 2012
    U.K.
    Sorry. I don't know why I feel this way but no pick guard is like going out with no underpants. I just don't need to hang that loose...
     
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  16. boggus

    boggus

    Feb 21, 2018
    +1 to already voiced opinion that Black PG would look great
     
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  17. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Silly question- has anybody ever tried just high end 3M tape under the pickgaurd and ditch putting screws into the body?

    This way you can always convert it to whatever tastes suit you with no worries.
     
    FerK likes this.
  18. Strung_Low

    Strung_Low Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    San Franciskee
    Loks great without.. red or dark brown tort would look good too
     
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  19. I’ve got a C.V. 60’s P-bass in Fiesta red with tort p-guard.
    Dropped a Duncan 57 p-up in it, put a gold bridge cover on it, and replaced the tort p-guard
    with a white pearloid p-guard with gold screws, and gold tuners. Phat.
     
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  20. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Picture...or it didn't happen...lol
     
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