So I added a pick guard to my Fender Okoume Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lumdingo, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. Lumdingo


    Dec 8, 2012
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Hire me to design your band's Merch.
    So I did this the non-destructive way, do I could see how it looks. Damn, that worked out great.

    Fender Okoume Deluxe Active Jazz Bass

    Plus a $8 pick guard from EBay.

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  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    If I'm honest, I'd have to say I like them better w/o the p/g:

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  3. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    Not bad. I think it would look better if the guard was trimmed straight across the back, eliminating the control plate indent.
  4. Lumdingo


    Dec 8, 2012
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Hire me to design your band's Merch.
    I like it with or without. This is just a fun experiment.
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  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Oh.......... for the love of plastic!
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  6. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Dude, you just spoil a nice looking bass...
  7. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Did you drill or attach screw heads to the pick guard?
  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's just so clean without it. A clear pickguard would be okay.
  9. unclebass


    Dec 17, 2012
    I like it! Would be better if you made a custom guard and instead of the open notch that fits the control plate on a standard jazz, you make one that comes to a point somewhere below the control knobs. The pearloid looks great! Forget what anyone else says though, you do whatever makes YOU happy.
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  10. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    I always thought Jazzes without pickguards looked super weird. The body is just so big that without the guard to accentuate the curves they start looking a bit like a chopping board.

    Personally, I'd have gone for a matte black one, but whatever rocks your socks.
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    I thought my Okoume needed some help too - so I refinished it in a satin walnut and added a wood guard. And an OBP-3 preamp, ebony knobs, black hardware, recessed strap locks. Next I will change out the pickups just to be sure to lose money when I sell.

  12. darwin-bass

    darwin-bass Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    So you snipped the heads of the screws and then mounted the PG with adhesive? And the screw heads are held in with adhesive?

    Cool idea.
  13. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Looks pretty alright I say.
  14. Lumdingo


    Dec 8, 2012
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Hire me to design your band's Merch.
    Amazing!!! And yeah I hear ya. I’ve modded the hell out of basses only to have to remove all the new hardware and try to reclaim my investment when I sell them. It’s been a long expensive journey, but I’ve finally settled on Fender Jazz basses as my fave.

    Yours is absolutely incredible! I like everything you’ve done. Excellent choices, and great eye. Bravo!
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  15. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Now this looks sweet! I am sure you will loose a ton on it! So thats more reason to never get rid of that beauty
  16. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Inactive

    Jun 2, 2018
    smh. why some of you guys hating on it? looks good to me, and we ought to be supportive of our TB family members. dude obviously did his mod because he liked it enough to do it! good looking bass brother! i like it, and i see you didn't have to spend a lot to get her looking dope
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  17. jhb138


    Sep 14, 2016
  18. Link? I need a pickguard too and $8 sounds good.
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  19. dtsamples

    dtsamples Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Wilmington, DE
    Looks awesome man! Love it!
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  20. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    I totally agree. Jazzes w/o a PG look naked to me as well.
    I like it but I agree Unclebass that it would look more finished w/o the J control plate V shape.

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