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Paul Simonon's smashed bass - pickguard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jenderfazz, Oct 3, 2004.


  1. Paul Simonon's smashed bass (think London Calling cover) has a great pickguard - it has weird swirly stripes and seems to be a tortoise-brownish color. Any idea where to get one like it? i think if I eventually got a white P-bass it would be cool to add that pickguard as a kind of pseudo-tribute to him.
     
  2. kearney

    kearney

    Jul 5, 2004
    ah yes good old pauls bass, quite a shame it got smashed, i saw it at it's final resting place at the rock n roll hall of fame in cleveland

    the story behind the pickguard is one of personality, paul liked his instruments to reflect him, so he altered them I.E.

    heres his rickenbacker
    [​IMG]

    and heres his pbass again
    [​IMG]


    well anyways he was at the time and still is now, an artist, so he removed his pickguard and swung wet paintbrushed at it in a jackson pollack style

    also notice the jamaican influence with the green and red and yellow


    also heres his pre-rick/pre-clash bass
    [​IMG]

    so if you want that effect, remove your pickguard, and get some acrylic paints and swing it at the pickguard


    heres a bonus for ya

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill

    Dec 30, 2001
    Boston MA
    Hes one of my favs, I think fender should come out with a custom p-bass for him, with the pickguard and stuff.
     
  4. In an interview I read with him, he said he hated his rickenbacker, and wanted to turn it into a table.
     
  5. kearney

    kearney

    Jul 5, 2004

    yeah, he hated it, he thought it was too flat
     
  6. Thanks a lot for the info. I'm no artist, unfortunately. Cool background to his instruments though.
     
  7. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I think that it could be argued that Pollock style artistry is within the capabilities of most people.

    If you really wanted to try it I think that it be a fairly easy job. Cost would probably be in the 0-30 dollar range, depending on the amount of supplies you already own.

    Post a pic if you decide to "paint" it. Just don't smash it afterwards.