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To tortoiseshell or not to tortoiseshell, that is the question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Figjam, Feb 7, 2005.

Which one

Poll closed Feb 14, 2005.
  1. Black

    36 vote(s)
  2. Red TS

    47 vote(s)
  1. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I have a Musicman Sterling. Black/black/maple. I love this color combo, but i have been flirting with the idea of getting a red tortoishell pickguard for it. Im not sure which would look better.

    EDIT: Heres a pic [​IMG]
  2. Mobay45

    Mobay45 The artist formerly known as "Big Daddy"

    Apr 28, 2004
    Irving, TX
    You already know how I feel about torting up a bass. DO IT! :hyper:
  3. +1 for Tort!
  4. AlembicBob


    Dec 28, 2004
    MA, US
    Doesn't tortoiseshell usually go on lighter colored instruments? I would lean toward the pearloid look for a dark instrument like this, but it's all about what you find appealing.

    I think you're likely to hear a wide variety of yea and nay answers. Have you ever seen one of these basses in this color with a tortoiseshell pickguard? If the answer is yes, then you should be able to easily say whether or not it appeals to you.
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    tortoiseshell is ALWAYS the right answer :smug:
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yes i have seen jazz basses with black/ts and loved them but they had rosewood fingerboards, thinking how itd look with maple..
  7. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I like the black but with a maple board and a black bass, I would put tort on it.
  8. Sergio


    Apr 7, 2004
    Lafitte, LA
    I'm going to go against the grain here and say black. I think tortise shell looks best on the lighter colors, or on sunbursts. but a black pearloid would probably look nice too...
  9. stamman5


    Aug 10, 2004
    +1 for the tort :bassist:
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Am i the only one who thinks a Cream Pearl pg would look pwn? Would match maple fb ..
  11. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    nice shoes... :p
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    my slippers > you
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im really digging that cream pearl...... I did a bad Ms Paint job on it just for contrast purposes and it looked good..... can anyone do a better job maybe, or just give me input?

    TS vs cream pearl.

    I think cream pearl would unique and i tihnk it looks great agianst the black.
  14. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I'm normally a huge tort fan, but on that bass, the black/black maple is the CLASSIC Musicman combination. I'd leave it as is.
  15. blaire


    Jul 15, 2003
    The land of Rice
    tort would look yucky IMO. I like the bongo pickguards, they have some cool colors.
  16. +1! I'd put white pearloid on there myself. :bag:
  17. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    I'd say Tort or purple Mirror....The cream ain't too bad but I'd still go tort.
  18. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Why don't you visit the Ernie Ball website at this link below.


    This will take you to the build it yourself page. You click on the features you want, and the bass appears on your monitor as you built it. That way you can see what your instrument will look like before you commit to buying the pickguard.

    And yes, go for the Tortoise Shell pickguard. You will need to give the dealer the serial number of your bass when you order it. Ernie Ball require it.

  19. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    ^they barely have any pickguard choices there.
  20. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    You choose..