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Pickguard, yay or nay ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Aug 21, 2017.


Yay or nay ?

Poll closed Aug 24, 2017.
  1. Use the pickguard !

    166 vote(s)
  2. Ditch the pickguard !

    38 vote(s)
  3. Aquaman !

    20 vote(s)
  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Should I use the pickguard or leave the bass naked ?

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  2. Aeroflot

    Aeroflot Banned

    Aug 18, 2017
    I prefer a PG for slapping, but if you're not doing any, the no PG look is pretty slick - IF there are no pre-existing holes for the pick guard. Not the case here, so I'd leave it on, myself.
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  3. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Voted "use the pickguard" but it looks good without the pickguard too. Here's my black and tort!

  4. To my eye black bodies look way better with a Pickguard. If it were a finish that showed the grain I might have a differant answer but with a solid color I like the pickguard look.
  5. Screws outline the pickguard anyway, so I say pickguard.
  6. Had to go for Aquaman! I like both... I'd leave the holes, gives a vintage vibe and should help add mojo with time.. Although if you'd prefer a total clean look stick with the PG! And add a maple fretboard ;)
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  7. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Pickguard - it really ties the bass together. IMO that flared angle on the J control plate always looks forlorn and purposeless without its match.
    BBQisgood, joebar, hermetic and 3 others like this.
  8. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I always prefer PG to no PG, especially on Fender basses (and Stingrays).
    mesaplayer83 and Dark Horse like this.
  9. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I voted PG. I'm not a fan of basses without a PG. They look incomplete to me without one.
    mesaplayer83, mouthmw and Dark Horse like this.
  10. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Beautiful bass !
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  11. Ultradust


    May 19, 2007
    Seoul, Republic of Korea
    General Manager, Moollon
    Especially on a Jazz but also on classic Precisions, I've always felt that a blackout look can be one of the nicest color compromises on a black body. There's something clean and rather refined about the faint contour made by a 3-ply guard of all shapes.

  12. with the holes in the body it looks a little frumpy.... I'd go with the black pickguard as a previous poster said... or if you want to show off a touch, I did a mirror on mine.

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  13. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    Can't leave those exposed holes. Plus, tort with black and rosewood is a win (even red tort).
  14. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    If u could hide the screw holes i would say no guard
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  15. Ampslut

    Ampslut Supporting Member

    May 15, 2017
    just too plain without the pickguard.
    waynobass and Dark Horse like this.
  16. bylar13

    bylar13 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    Yes to pickguard. I am bias though.....

  17. ccbass71

    ccbass71 Supporting Member

    No pickguard, OR black control plate
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  18. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    I'd say use the pickguard, but I don't like your tort, it's a bit bland.
    @bylar13 has a good tort and it looks great on his bass.

    Get a better tort, or a different colour, or ditch it.
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  19. Waltsdog


    Feb 21, 2009
    Ottawa, ON
    Pickguard, but BWB would be my choice.
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  20. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016

    ... I really don't want it, I just wanted to type 'pickguard'.
    Pbassmanca and Dark Horse like this.

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