I have a cheap MIM P-Bass that I love playing. I also loved the refinish job I had done on it (it was a sunburst with a white pickguard). So, I refinished it in a light natural finish and put a tort pickguard on it. But, after playing a few gigs out with my new band, I noticed that in all the pics of the band, my natural finish made my bass look like a giant banana or orange, depending on the lights. Ugh! When I first refinished my bass I was undecided as to what finish I was going to go with, either the natural (which I did go with), or a dark mahogany. Well, since I found my bass looks so garish under the lights, I refinished my P-Bass again, only this time I went with the mahogany. I had to quickly put it back together for a gig this weekend, so after the gig I need to take it apart again and put another 4 coats on. Here's a before (natural) and after (mahogany) pic. I like both of them, but since the darker one looks good under any lights, I think I'll stick with it. Any opinions? I'm sure some will like the lighter one (and I tend to as well...as long as I'm not onstage with it. ). Personally, I think either finish goes with the pickguard because both colors are in the flecks of the tort pickguard. The after pic on the right is not in the best light. My fingerboard looks more like the one on the left (as I stained the rosewood with ebony). The one on the right is a tad bit on the red side).