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Spitfire pickguard on Fender CS Sean Hurley pbass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassdudestevo, May 14, 2019 at 6:47 PM.


  1. Original

    53 vote(s)
    39.8%
  2. Spitfire

    80 vote(s)
    60.2%
  1. bassdudestevo

    bassdudestevo Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2005
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    Just picked up my new Spitfire pickguard (vintage burgundy/red with 60’s speckled option) and I love it. Mark does fantastic work and has excellent customer service. Which one do you like better?

    Original:
    469C39A9-70AE-456A-903D-7EE097757969.

    Spitfire:
    425FA2AE-959C-4A07-A47B-711DF15FFE57.
     
  2. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The Spitfire is intense.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019 at 8:09 PM
  3. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Ditto on Spitfire intensitositioushness. :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    Intense is the same descriptor that comes to my mind. The original guard appears more natural to me. That specific Spitfire guard looks out of place to my eyes, but maybe you're going for a more unique look?
     
  5. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The Spitfire probably really lights up on the stage.
     
  6. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Since you asked... I am not diggin' the Spitfire. I'd sell it and pocket the cash and go with the original 'guard. Subjective opinion though and I am apparently in the minority.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM
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  7. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Spitfire guards rock. Closest thing out there to the pre-CBS guards.

    But, they are pricey and a bit of a conceit.
     
  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    in what way
     
  9. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Oh, just that they are 10x the price for ornamentation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan. They are VERY nice.
    CEFA800A-5B3A-41D2-913B-9CE0F65C6F77.
    :thumbsup:
     
  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I see - there are a lot of things out there that while serving the same general purpose functionally or aesthetically - are very different. (which I'm sure you would agree) Just covering basses, an exotic wood veneer'd bass offers a similar mode of ornamentation and commands a price appropriate to it's crafting.
     
  11. dtsamples

    dtsamples Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Wilmington, DE
    It's like a cheap suit vs a nice suit. No functional difference but the aesthetic difference sure makes an impression. I'd love to have a spitfire! Looks great!
     
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  12. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Too much yellow. V garish.
     
  13. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    Since you asked, I prefer the original on this particular bass.
     
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  14. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    A vote for the original - the Spitfire looks more "showy", which I'm not a fan of. Then again, I'm usually in a darkly lit part of the stage, far behind where the vocalists and the lights are. I could be naked back there, and I'm not sure anyone would notice. Given that, much of the time, either would work the same for me.
     
  15. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    Iowa
    The spitfire is a little much, which is how I feel about most of his pickguards, although I saw one posted somewhere yesterday that was pretty much my dream tort.
     
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  16. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    fullsizeoutput_446.
     
  17. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    The spit really does look great! Like Pepperoni!
     
  18. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    How much was the Spitfire guard?
     
  19. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Spitfire is the only modern replacement guard I've seen that actually looks like the real-deal vintage. They also do a great job of matching the tone and pattern of the guard to what you're looking for for your instrument. It's expensive, but if you have a real vintage instrument in need of one or are going for the 'real' look...it's the only game in town.
     
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  20. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Agree - and as the OP posted; (vintage burgundy/red with 60’s speckled option) is only one of many options offered based on replicating a vintage Fender tort of that flavor. Like anything aesthetic, one can like or not like - anything, but the final product is what was requested. Not sure why the OP feels the need to ask for opinions on which is preferred - is it not what you wanted?
     

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