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Precision Decision (/cringe)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wannaflea, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Hey all,

    Finally talked myself into getting a P, and I have a colour/pickguard combo in mind - Olympic white, on Black Pearl

    However, I'm not sure what fretboard wood to go with.
    Now, let me say a) I'm going to be running this bass through overdrive, so subtle differences in tone aren't going to be heard and b) please don't start a 'tone wood' trollathon on this thread! :D

    Essentially, stuck between maple/rosewood. If anybody could get any pictures of an Olympic White Fender P with a Black Pearl guard in rosewood, then in maple, I'd be very grateful.

    Thanks, and happy holidays! :bassist:
  2. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    I don't have any photos for you, but I generally prefer the look of rosewood myself. I think either one will look good, although my preference would be either a tortoise shell pickguard or a white pickguard with a maple fingerboard.
  3. Are you going with Fender, company or Fender with a third-party pickguard? I went over to Fender.com but I didn't see much with the black pearl.

    FWIW, since you're distorting the sound, just pick the one you like the looks of. My P has a maple fretboard, even though I've only ever used rosewood. I don't think the difference in sound between the two is big enough to count when we're talking P basses.
  4. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Cheers man, I'm just looking to get something out of the ordinary

    Fender mate, Standard Precision Bass. And yeah, I'm going to go with what looks best, I just don't know which will look best; White, Black Pearl, Rosewood, or White, Black Pearl, Maple. Need pictures for that :)
  5. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
  6. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    White bass, dark pickguard = Rosewood.

    But then, I generally prefer Rosewood over Maple on most color combinations. :)

    Can't find anything with black pearl p/g, but maybe you can get an idea with these:


  7. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Argh it's so difficult! Thanks for the reply though!
  8. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    It's not white, but it is black pearl and maple. Hope it helps a little. Maybe somebody can photoshop it to just change the body color (and maybe eliminate the blocks).

  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I love that Antique White color that's custard like with a white PG & maple neck. If I splurge on another Precision, that's the combo I'm getting.
  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Banned

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    Can't post a photo but my Jazz Bass is Oly White w/rosewood and I put black pearl pickguard on it. Pretty similar to the first PBass photo DogBone posted. It's a nice combination and sets it apart from the typical Oly White tort pickguard combination.

    FWIW I think the maple necks look better on the Vintage White basses since they're more of a cream color as opposed to the pure snow white appearance of Oly White. It's up to you of course but after considering just a plain black pickguard I decided the black pearl would look a little better. Looks nice with the chrome hardware and a PBass pickup will blend right in with it making it almost invisible.
  11. nashman


    Feb 11, 2011
    Here's my oly white American Standard P with maple board - obviously sans black perloid guard - when brand new - case first opened. Going with a dark guard I would consider a rosewood board

  12. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    I'd say that maple looks like it sounds more aggressive and rosewood looks more traditional.
  13. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Thanks for all the replies people!
    I'm leaning towards rosewood but still, any pictures you guys or gals have would be GREATLY appreciated!
  14. The Squier Matt Freeman looks great in white with maple I reckon.

  15. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    If you want something with more snap then go with maple. If you want something a little more round then go with rosewood.
  16. Nice! I always love that maple neck, oly white w/tort guard combination!

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