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What color pickguard for this body?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by gjbassist, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. I want to replace one of my jazz bass bodies with a lighter one and this one keeps catching my eye. The color is totally different then anything I have ever had. First off, is this color too much for a 48 year old guy who plays classic rock and blues? If I do get it what color pickguard do you think would go best with it?

  2. Stag


    Jan 10, 2011
    Olympia, wa
    This color is great! Classic rock and blues? No problem! If you want to play it safe then i'd vote for black pickguard. A little more fun would be the bright red tortoise. Those are my votes! Cheers!
  3. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    White Mother of Toilet Seat!
  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Nah...antique (slightly yellowed) MOTS.

    BASSKADET Gold Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    I'm not much for that color and I'm older than you. LOL
  6. 1960jbass

    1960jbass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    That is definitely a cool color and I'm 53!! My vote is for white pearloid or tort.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  8. I don't know how well you can tell from the full shot but the paint is a metalflake with fairly large specks.


    I was actually thinking about the vintage tort because I have one on another bass and it has some gold in it. Guitar Fetish sells them too.


    I do like the brown tort and the regular tort from Warmoth, which may work out great because I might do a P pickup in the neck instead of a J pickup and I can get either from them.

    Keep your ideas coming.
  9. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I am constantly amazed at the colors people would put a tort pick guard on. Any tort would look terrible on that color. Black, white, cream, or pearloid would all look great. But tort would tacky as an orange 70s leisure suit.
  10. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    Metalflake anything is sweet. A little too flashy for me personally (my P bass is black) but I like it. Maybe too flashy for a blues band (unless you're the band leader or vocalist). I dunno.
  11. Well that could be true. I might hate it when I actually get it on the bass. Maybe it will clash too much with the metalflake paint. I have seen tort on some other colors that I didn't think it would work on such as seafoam green or lake placid blue and it looked good to me.
  12. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    The thing about tort is, which color? Even between brown and red, there's a lot of variation. One might look awesome, and the next look like dogmeat. On that bass though, I would probably go black.
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Hey its your bass, if you think a tort guard would look good on that bass, that's all that matters. But my opinions on tort is that brown tort only looks good on white and natural bodies. Red tort looks awful on everything.
  14. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    With a gold body I'd go for black hardware and a black pick guard or with chrome hardware and a mirror or chrome pick guard. And maybe even a black block and bound maple neck.

    I normally love tort but not on gold metal flake.
  15. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    It's TB man, the only possible answer is tort.
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Black or white.
  17. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    And really, the OP is from KC...red tort on gold....it's a Chiefs thing, huh?
  18. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    This. I was never a huge fan of parchment or plain white guards, but I have to admit that they just work better in some cases. I have a honey blonde that sports a parchment guard and a charcoal frost that sports a mint green. I tried several colors on the charcoal before throwing up my hands and realizing that white or mint were really the best matches for it. I think the jazz bass in the pic screams for parchment/white.
  19. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    And what exactly is wrong with a 70's leisure suit??

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get to the cleaners before they close to pick up my, ummmm.....never mind.