Nothing can ruin the look of a bass like an ugly pickguard can

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zortation, May 18, 2018.

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  1. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Please name some basses with ugly pickguards.

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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Right now I have zero instruments with pickguards & actively avoid them.
  3. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015
    Ugly as in shape, or color? I always thought Music Man’s toilet seat pickguards are kinda ugly, but I still love my Sterling.
  4. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Ugliest pickguard *shape* I know of has to be the Gibson Ripper/Grabber.

    Ugliest color? Tort. (*ducks and puts flame suit on*)
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  5. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    I know some like 'em, but I've never been able to get with a tort pickguard on a red bass. 1959 Fender Precision body 1.jpg
  6. A sunburst Jazz with a tort PG has got to be one of the ugliest basses ever made. No offense to anyone who actually ownes one of course. :laugh:
  7. craigie

    craigie Guest

    Nov 11, 2015
    I have a red bass with tort and I love it
    Actually that one you posted looks uuuugly though! Too brrrownn
  8. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Oh, yeah... this thread will go far.:rollno:
  9. briandavismurph


    Jul 1, 2013
    this one Screen Shot 2018-05-18 at 9.13.59 PM.png
  10. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015


  11. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015
    Yeah that particular bass doesn’t look good but I think it’s because that’s a terrible tort job. With proper tort it might look pretty sweet actually (IMO).
  12. Black body, maple FB, tort. Ugly.
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  13. craigie

    craigie Guest

    Nov 11, 2015
    No picture no proof.
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  14. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015
    Black and tort can work, but a maple fretboard + tort never works. Tort requires rosewood fretboards. This isn’t even just an opinion, it’s an actual law.
  15. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Fender JP-90..... Great sounding MIA bass, lightweight and blessed with a horrific design of a pickguard to most people. I loved the bass, but yeah, the pickguard looked like Fender was trying to cut back on plastic usage and provided the bare minimum of one. It's not even over the area where it's supposed to protect the body from errant pick playing! I honestly think had it had a better pickguard or none at all, the bass wouldn't have been discontinued. This isn't my JP-90, but it looked just like this. I don't think I even took a picture of was that fuggly.
  16. basslicks


    Dec 14, 2015
    That’s so ugly that it’s actually kinda enduring.
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  17. Hillbillypolack

    Hillbillypolack Guest

    Mar 2, 2018
    Anything with tortoiseshell. Looks like pepperoni vomit.
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  18. 7dollarbologna


    Apr 22, 2014
    Downtown Albuquerque
    Desert Eccentric
    Stock modern Fender tort stinks - you have to go spitfire or vintage.
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  19. ofajen


    Apr 12, 2007
    92.4W 38.9N
    My Gibson Ripper is still my main player, but it has never been because of looks. Rippers come from an era where Gibson sold several basses with different pickup placements and Gibson decided to save production time and cost with a single body with a big routed space that could allow installing any of the setups and then covering the space with a pickguard made for that bass. In a recent conversation, Becky Lawrence told me that Bill’s vision for the Ripper was a more modern looking body style, and he referred to the Ripper as having “your grandmother’s pickguard”. But I think his electronics design for the instrument is genius.

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