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Ongoing build, pickguard opinions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cat_Died, Jun 12, 2019 at 4:57 AM.

  1. Brown tort

  2. B/W/B

  3. Other

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  1. Cat_Died


    20190510_191345. I've had a build project going for the last couple years out of a DIY jazz bass kit. I'm getting close to final assembly, and was just looking for some input on pickguard choice. It currently has an 1/8 inch birch plywood pickguard that I've custom-built, and probably need to have a more permanent one custom built. The finish is going to be a heavy relic seafoam over a tobacco Burst both probably poorly done, I want to do either a black pickguard or tortoiseshell probably Brown. It's kind of a mutt between a lot of different instruments. Obviously has a reverse tele headstock, jazz bass body with a single musicman pickup, and the pickguard is shaped after a 72 tele bass blended with a sort of thinline telecaster. Let me know what you think, if you like it, or if you think it's an abomination. Bring the hate. Haha.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019 at 5:17 AM
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  2. Cat_Died


    Pretty much all hardware is Hipshot, an electronics are Seymour Duncan, for any who are curious.
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  3. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    If there are no routes under the p/g...none. Nice build! :bassist:
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  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    This is one of the times tort works, especially if you're going with that shape.
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  5. Cat_Died


    Big ole control cavity down there. Thanks for the input!
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  6. Cat_Died


    Yeah, the pickguard is what the build was sort of brainstormed around.
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  7. I'd probably go for brown tort, but it's hard to say without seeing how the finish comes out. Hard to visualise a relic over burst, for me anyway.

    I would just like to say, this is a phenomenally good looking instrument. Tele head, Jazz body, sweet spot humbucker and that pickguard? I'd play one all day long.
  8. Cat_Died


    It'll look something to this effect images (1). , but with less blue tint to it. Maybe maybe closer to surf green? I'll definitely be posting pictures in here to update as the progress comes along. Your praise has me feeling all warm and fuzzy. Much appreciation!
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  9. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    I'd probably throw a dark red pickguard on it with a white or black edge, perhaps with a slightly orange hue since there is some blue in the color of the body too.

    Red is the complimentary color to green, it'll look great.

    Personal detest tortoise in ever form and shape, so a big no to that, that'll ruin the look of any instrument completely in my opinion.
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  10. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  11. Cat_Died


    The color on the left is pretty much spot on for my vision.
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  12. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The tort almost matches the finish underneath.
    That's a decent relic right there.
    Hopefully, yours comes out as nice.
  13. Cat_Died


    I'm hoping so as well. It's my first go at a full custom. I tried my hand at The relic before and I didn't go quite as planned, but we're going to find out. Haha
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  14. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Gonna make it a Daphne Blue? (my favorite color...)

    PS: I also think the Jazz body / reverse tele headstock is a winning combination :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    ( see below...) :)

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  15. Cat_Died


    The boys in ZZ Top got it right with the reverse tele headstock! The swirl on that jazz in the middle is wild.
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  16. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    No tort. While your asking, that washed out black you have on the Birchwood already looks the part, like faded jeans. And, while your asking, play that bass for sometime without a finish, then hit with some tung oil to preserve the natural grime. Soak the hardware in an acid bath, re-route that e string and you're done.
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  17. Cat_Died


    I knew that E string comet was coming eventually. Haha. I sorted that out pretty quick and it hurts me to look at. I would definitely love to keep that natural look but the Bondo filling the jazz Bass pickup holes doesn't look too great. As for the pickguard that washed out black also doesn't really look good on top of the burst I put on it we'll see once I get the seafoam color on top.
  18. +1 on the dark red. Maybe brick.
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Love the concept! It's a great mix of new and traditional.

    With that color, I would have to go brown tort. I sorta dig it as is though! I would oil it down and let it eat. :D
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  20. Cat_Died


    Yeah, I'm a big fan of the way it is now, however the Bondo filling the holes of the old jazz bass pickup routes bothers me. I've got to say I've definitely leaning towards brown tort!
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