TBC pickguard love it or leave it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tuBass, Dec 2, 2005.

What do you think of the pickguard?

Poll closed Jan 1, 2006.
  1. Yes It's bad enough to be the reason I wouldn't buy that bass

    64 vote(s)
  2. It's bad, but I'd still consider it

    54 vote(s)
  3. I like it well enough to not care one way or the other

    93 vote(s)
  4. I think it's great!

    74 vote(s)
  1. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I am really excited about the new single M bass by The Bass company. It's got an alnico pickup, 19mm spacing on both the 4 and 5 string, and it sells for $300 to $350. T

    One thing I'm NOT excited about is the look of the bass. I think the pickguard they put on this thing looks like a joke, and as much as I am GASsing for a affordable single M, the pickguard keeps me from commiting.

    What do you think?

  2. Well, I personally think it makes the bass look kinda cool, but that's just me. Definately unique.

    But, the picture you showed me makes the pickguard look like a transparent piece of plastic, right? So, it shouldn't really be a big matter to remove it. A pain in the butt to pull out all the pots and maybe (although I doubt it) the bridge, but not a super big deal either.
  3. In retrospect, after looking at the photo again, it may not be so easy. I don't see any screwheads anywhere.

    Damn, what the hell is that thing anyways?
  4. It's wood and not removable, as far as I know. I've played a TBC bass and the construction is pretty good, especially for the price. I just don't like the look of them, and there are plenty of other good looking and sounding basses available.
  5. Greg Jones

    Greg Jones

    Dec 1, 2005
    Thornton, CO
    I dig it.

    Though I'd probably opt for one of the more high end models myself.
  6. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    It's laminated on and I was told it would only come off with a lot of sanding :crying:
  7. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    I think they're cool and give the basses their own identity.
  8. if you don't like it, can't you request one without?
  9. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    This from a different thread:
  10. I like TBC's pickguard on the J bass better, but I think all of them are pretty cool. I certainly give a nod to TBC for one of the most unusual concepts that I've seen.
  11. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    It's the coolest thing on that bass, if you ask me.
  12. a fender would look stupid without one, but i think that other basses look better with out ons. like a warwick, for example.
  13. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I wonder if my opinion of the pickguard would change if I could see one in this color?

    Probably not, but the color combo is nicer than brown and black

  14. Greg Jones

    Greg Jones

    Dec 1, 2005
    Thornton, CO
  15. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Good find, but I can say the red isn't any better for me. Looks like I'm in the minority on this one.
  16. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    It's unique and classy, and not cheesy plastic, which normally turns me off. I'm not in love with it one way or the other, but it's a sharp looking bass overall. I really dig those J basses.
  17. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
  18. I like it! I think it adds style.If you dont like it dont buy it! Get one YOU like.If you dont you will end up selling it and getting something else.
  19. chances are, the volume and tone knobs are mounted to, that pick-guard. you probably can't just remove it. i have removed the guard on my Fender jazz, 'cause i like the look. but, it's knobs are mounted on a seperate panel. the second bass you posted looks great! :cool:
  20. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I didn't vote, because there wasn't a "different color" option.