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What color do you prefer for hardware?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Plucky The Bassist, Jan 29, 2013.

What color do you prefer for hardware?

Poll closed Feb 3, 2013.
  1. Classic Chrome

    37 vote(s)
  2. Black (gloss or flat)

    25 vote(s)
  3. Gold

    4 vote(s)
  4. Other Metallic (i.e. - Brass or Bronze color)

    3 vote(s)
  5. A Rich, Carroty Hue

    8 vote(s)
  1. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Obviously not as many options as body color, but still something to consider when buying/building a bass! I'll be honest and say that the hardware color can make or break a bass deal for me in most cases.

    So what's your preference? Feel free to state why or talk about your favorite hardware brands/models in your comments! :bassist:
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I like chrome. Gold never seems to look good over a period of years.

    I would like to find some brass hardware though. I think it would look fabulous as it tarnishes and develops a patina.
  3. I prefer gold, but it really depends on the body style and colour of the bass.
  4. I prefer chrome, but satin black looks sooo good on some finish colors...
  5. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Depends on the finish. I have chrome, black chrome, and gold.
  6. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    IMO over time gold and black start to look funky. Old chrome seems to look better. I'm asking for chrome on my custom build despite the dramatic effect black would have. Plus chrome is Old School.
  7. Chrome :)
  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Black for modern basses, chrome for classics.
  9. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner of iron ore Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
  10. TRyan5289


    Jul 18, 2012
    Davenport, Iowa
    Carrots, for black Chrome.
  11. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I like black or chrome, I'm not a fan of gold at all.

    One of my basses had gold, so I swapped it all to black. I've got one left with gold and I'd swap it to black if I could find the correct bridge for it.
  12. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    Depends. I have a teal bass that I think would look nasty with chrome or gold. Its got black guard and rosewood board, black hardware just blends in nicely.

    I do generally prefer chrome, but sometimes gold is fine....my old Cirrus had gold hardware, went well with the top and stain
  13. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Yes, the gold looks reaaaaal nasty over time. A bass with gold hardware is one i will probably pass on if I can't get it replaced easily.
  14. Chrome's my fav, followed by black. Some straight brass would be kind of neat, though, I agree.

  15. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Cambridge, Ontario
    Both my basses have dark chrome hardware or 'Cosmo Black' as Ibanez calls. One is natural wood and the other is a 'antique violin' finish on flamed maple. They both look great but it really depends on the color of your bass. Bright chrome looks awesome on vintage basses and black can be pretty sharp too. Somehow I just can't get into the gold hardware look though.
  16. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I have 20 year old basses with black hardware that still looks great. I do agree with gold hardware getting scuzzy.
  17. +1
  18. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Depends on the bass, but I really love gold with the right finish. And good quality gold plating (gold-over-nickel, rather than gold-over-copper) lasts years and years unless really badly treated.
  19. Chrome is far too commonplace, that it has become boring to me.

    Gold, on the other hand, is gaudy 95% of the time, so I only like it in rare cases.

    Black usually looks good as long as it does not give a cheesy metalhead vibe, so it is my preference.

    For the record, I despise Ibanez's "Cosmo Black" hardware. They need to stop using it!

    Schaller does a copper Floyd Rose copy that I absolutely love, but I've yet to see it on an instrument.
  20. jd-ns


    Sep 28, 2010
    agreed - Ibanez "cosmo black" is not good