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What is the best colour for a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tom Crofts, May 15, 2001.

  1. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    I say Bluish purple like my SDGR, anyone else?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    IMHO certain basses look better in certain colours with certain hardware.

    Heres some examples Fender Jazz in sunburst with rosewood with white plate, not for me, black one ok, but a tortoise shell one is perfect. Same thing for the white Jazz with rosewood.

    I dont like any black bodied black plate instrument with a maple neck, add rosewood and its perfect. But a white on white Stingray with maple looks excellent.

    I like the amber and cherry Laklands with maple not rosewood. But I like the blue and green ones with rosewood not maple.

    The Sadowski site has a white blonde J that is just awesome but some of the combinations dont do it for me.

    Please note that we are all different and all the above is personal opinion.

    NB I have a black on black Stingray 5 with rosewood and a natural Warwick Thumb.
  3. I like mainly black and natural colored basses. Sometimes blue ones are nice.
  4. I like my bass, Yamaha RBX260F, black with no pickguard, rosewood fingerboard. And the bass I'm looking at getting now is a MIM Fender Jazz, white with white pickguard and rosewood fingerboard, I love that look, it'd match my white strat. But, as CS said, different colours look better on different basses, I bet my Yamaha would look really bad in white.
  5. i have to agree that certain bases look better with certain colors!


    Apr 13, 2001
    Kent, England.
    Dark blue stingray, maple neck, black scratchplate mmmmmmm.
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey, this is bass related, you know what that means kids?


    "what does that mean, moderator john?"

    IT MEANS....we're going off to the bass guitars forum!!!




  8. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    I tend to like natural looking basses too, but nicely finished basses can look great. Sometimes cheap basses look heavily painted to cover up the pine.
  9. Natural looks good on most anything, assuming the wood's pretty.

    My favorite combination for a Jazz Bass (this week) is Inca Silver with a rosewood fretboard. Yummy.
  10. Edgar


    Nov 4, 2000
    Montreal, QC, CA
    Shoreline Gold
    Lake Placid Blue
    Teal Green Metallic
    Mary Kay White
    Olympic White
    Burgundy Mist

    With either a Aged white pickguard (Mint Green) or a Tortoise Shell, Pearloid on Shoreline only.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You put a smile on my face no matter how sh*tty I feel!!!!! Thanks. :)

    No partucular order:
    Honey burst w/quilted top & black hardware. (Sadowsky)
    Honey burst w/quilted top & gold hardware. (Warmoth & Pedulla)
    Blue w/black pg, maple fb (Sterling)
    Sunburst w/shell pg,rosewood fb (Jazz)
    Black, black pg, maple fb (Stingray & P-bass)
    Natural oil, rosewood fb(NS-5)

    The basses in () are basses I've seen in that color.
  12. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    It depends on the tone you desire. Black absorbs both radiant heat and light energy, converting it into heat. This will literally warm up the bass' body and give a warmer tone in a hot environment like a steamy, sweaty club. However, black will also radiate heat so in a cold environment you bass will cool off and you'll get a cooler tone. You too willb e cooler and chicks and guys will dig you (depending on your gender). See how versatile black is? To show my sincerity, my son's first bass is black. ;)
  13. cole


    Sep 14, 2000
    oh, come on, everyone knows red sounds best.

    (also, I love the cherryburst finish on my P-bass. if only it had a maple fretboard...)
  14. I like solid colors. Im not into the natural finish. The only good sunburst I saw was on a Sadowsky. But as for colors:

    Bright Green
    Plaid (how can you not love plaid)
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have one in each of seven of the eight best colors.

    Fender teal green
    Natural swamp ash
    Fender 3-color burst
    Pedulla amber burst (not really)
    Lakland amber over AAA quilt
    Ernie Ball red translucent over swamp ash
    Lakland teal blue over AAA quilt (not shown)

    The eighth best color is black, and I'm working on it.

  16. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    DFW, TX
    Natural... or transparent black
  17. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    black all the way. i like sunburst too, but black just goes with everything.
  18. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    dark blue...be it burst, or solid, I dig blue as my color of choice (dark prefferably).

    Particularly over quilted or flamed maple!
  19. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    glad i could be of service. :D
  20. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Stingray transparent gold body and headstock, with fretless pau ferro board and a black pearloid guard. Yummy.

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