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to pickguard or not to pickguard - that is the question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by don21480, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    rescued this 1992 MIK plywood body J bass - had a bowed neck which I replaced with an awesome Squier jazz neck from a fellow TB'er which I refinished in rattle can nitro. Came with a white pickguard but when I removed it it became obvious that the color had aged quite a bit so now I'm thinking, no pickguard - what do you think?

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  2. I've always loved the look of jazz-basses without a pick guard!
  3. I think either black or white pearl would look great. I'm very much a pickguard fan though.
  4. Laylas Daddy

    Laylas Daddy

    Sep 20, 2011
    ^ This for me as well.
  5. the yeti

    the yeti

    Nov 6, 2007
    raleigh, nc
    whenever i can i'd go without.
  6. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Can't go wrong with Tort
  7. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    No pickguard!
  8. Mint
  9. jwj1701


    Nov 17, 2011
    Lexington KY
    I think I'll join the black or white pearl club for my 2 cents
  10. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
  11. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    I did think about tort or mint but I'm drawn to the nudist club
  12. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    do you play with a pick?
  13. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    Yes - I am a pick player
  14. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Tort or b/w/b

    I'm not a fan of the two tone look. It's cool that is has aged so much though.
  15. Tort.
  16. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    This. So much so
  17. MarTONEbass


    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
  18. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    On a Jazz that lacks the unnecessary top routing, I always vote no pickguard.
    My Jazz came with a guard, I removed it. Had some finish fading as yours does, and I played it anyway.
    The finish difference goes away. Play it a lot, leave it out of the case, give it time... ;)
    Plus, your bass looks cool without, imo.

    However, I am generally anti-pickguard. Even my P bass may wind up without one soon.

  19. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Another vote for black or white pick guard. I would say maybe no pick guard but I'm not too sure of the age line in the paint.
  20. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I've always loved the look of any & all basses without a pick guard.

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