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Theoretically speaking, would a 3-ply pickguard give a bass less bottom end...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zortation, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    ...than a 4-ply?

    Also, do the swirls in tortoiseshell weigh more or less?


  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    ...Only in Canada.
  3. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Promise you won't run for public office.
  4. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Obviously the biggest tonal affectations are in the color of the pickguard. Black will scoop your mids for crushing metal, white will boost the mids for a good Alt-rock sound, and tort makes your bass sound like its running through a vintage b-15 all the time.
  5. Scoly


    Mar 6, 2013
  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I don't know, he might make a great politician
  7. JED36


    May 12, 2013
    I just died, props dude
  8. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Toronto has had a rough day with the ice storm and all, we're a bit loopy here I suspect...
  9. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    I theorize that the op has a lot of time on their hands :p
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I don't know about plastic guards and all but the metal anodized guard I just put on my bass is coming off right now.

    Why? Made the bass sound too metal...I don't play no stinking metal.;)
  11. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    While the subject of tone and the injected pigments into the plastic used for pickguards has been the subject of heated debates for some time now, there has yet to be a formal double blind test to settle the matter.

    OP... more importantly to pickguard construction, is the type of screw used to attached the PG. I've found that basic sheetrock screws are best. They seem to have lower mass than stock screws, thus allowing the body wood to resonate more freely. Sheetrock screws are also countersunk, so the use of cup washers will tighten up the tone a bit.
  12. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    I wonder if the OP is related to Rob Ford???:D
  13. Neener

    Neener Grumpy Old Dog

    Feb 25, 2007
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Not sure if a 3-ply pickguard would give a bass less bottom end, but I'm almost certain having no strings on the F bass that's in the OP's avatar will. :cool:
  14. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    I'm not sure how much they weight, but here in the southern hemisphere, the swirls in tortoise shell go aniti-clockwise.
  15. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Two words: Gold Anodized
  16. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Ummm..no like I said makes the bass sound to metal..
  17. You don't know what the OP plays(nor do I). Probably best not judge if it is too metal yet.
  18. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Remember, all this, is reversed in the southern hemisphere!
  19. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa