Following story was originally posted by me in this thread: Why did Jaco remove the pickguard? , but though it turned out so well and even quite plausible an explanation that I had to do a thread of it's own for it. It's a common misconception that the famous Bass of Doom has no pickguard. What a lot of people don't realize is that Jaco was in fact a skilled magician who had stood apprentice to a very powerful old gypsy witch doctor. How he got his skills on the bass too: Magic! In reality he simply weaved an ancient esoteric gypsy incantation over the pickguard that made it invisible. This relates to what happened late in his career as well: It requires a lot of will power, mental strength and discipline to withstand the chaotic energies that is the source of all magic. Eventually he simply lost the battle and began to succumb to the immense magical forces he once held and mastered and they slowly took over his mind, leaving him unpredictable and unable to uphold full concentration over his work. To compensate he began to use drugs and alcohol which only caused him to loose control further. This together with the loss of his totem bass approximately one year earlier, leaving him without any focus point for his powers, was what ultimately sadly led to his untimely death. And such ended the tragic story of one of our century's probably most talented and promising young magicians.