Trying to decide on a pickguard for my P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hasty, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Hasty


    Jul 4, 2014
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Refinishing a Warmoth Precision swamp ash body with Danish Oil and clear coat for a natural look. Pairing this with an older Maple neck that has aged quite nicely. I have a black pickguard, but I’m thinking about something different. Pearl, tortoise, Brass, etc...

    If you’ve got a Precision with a natural finish please share a pic. I’d love to see some pickguard examples and variations on a similar body type!
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    None pickguard is best pickguard.
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  3. Hasty


    Jul 4, 2014
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I had considered that one as well.
  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Not a P bass but you can see how nice transparent brown works with natural finishes on Bacchus basses, allowing the grain to show through.
    Other than that, here are some colors you don't see too often, some of which would look great on natural finishes.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019
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  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I've taken the pick guard off my 4 string P bass, but I prefer the original Tort. As I don't play it these days I'm not doing any more work on it. I don't have pics. I also have Tort on my 5 string P bass and my Jazz. I know I'm old fashioned, just looks right to me.
  6. That's cool … I haven't been able to find them … source?
  7. basadam


    Nov 29, 2005
  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  9. Hasty


    Jul 4, 2014
    Fort Worth, Tx
    That’s a cool website!
  10. Woofer


    Sep 24, 2008
    Ash & maple needs a black guard. Pure class.
  11. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    Oxidized bronze I think would look good on a natural oil finished wood body, perhaps an oxidized iron pickguard would look even better actually.

    A wood pickguard in a bit darker or lighter shade than the body of your bass would also be a good looking solution, perhaps one of really dark, almost black, wood, like ebony, even.

    Whatever you do don't put a tortoise pickguard on.

    Personally I'd probably go with the oxidized iron or the ebony pickguard, if ebony perhaps one with some of those lighter stripes ebony sometimes got in it.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
  12. Hasty


    Jul 4, 2014
    Fort Worth, Tx
    How about a wooden control cover?

    Had some scrap mesquite and whipped one up while waiting to wet sand the next coat on the bass body.

    Control cover only has its first coat of danish oil. Have some more coats and buffing to do on it.

    Here’s a sample shot as I took right before sanding the next coat so ignore the finish for now.

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  13. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    I would say with natural ash body and maple neck, I would suggest Tort. If it were a rosewood fretboard, I would suggest a black pickguard.
  14. flatwound251

    flatwound251 Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2019
    Los Angeles, Ca.
    Tortoise (IMHO)