Where to find a blank control plate for a J bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by line6man, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. I am working on getting my custom fretless jazz bass built...

    i just want the bridge pickup and a volume control.

    i am going to cover up the neck pickup route with a custom pickguard that has no pickup route, and i will put in a thumb rest to make up for the lack of a pickup.
    the cool thing is that if i change my mind about it, i can just replace the pickguard with a standard one and put in a neck pickup.

    but what to do with the control plate...
    i just need 2 holes but standard jazz bass control plates have 4 holes.
    the only thing i can find is the 3 hole kind for those older jazz basses with the 2 concentric pots.

    if i could get a blank one, i could drill the holes myself on my drillpress, using the old 4 hole plate to mark the holes.

    does anybody know where to get a blank plate???
  2. No but you can find the 3 hole plates on the bay quite regularly. :)
  3. i think pickgaurdian.com can make a custom pickgaurd for you have em' extend it so it covers the control rout, and put two holes in it
  4. nah, i never liked jazz basses with pickguard control plates...

    and i just ordered a pickguard (without the pickup route) from warmoth.

    if i cant find one, i guess that i will have to go for a 3 hole version and put in a tone control with a push/pull bypass.

    what do you guys think of putting a straplock in the holes?
    i modified the wiring a bunch of times, and i tried this at one point.
    i dont think that it would look good on the dream bass i am building...
  5. You COULD try to make one, or have someone make one for you, if you REALLY wanted. It's not terribly difficult...
  6. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I ordered a custom 'real' rosewood p bass pg from Roger W at


    You can customize it to any configuration you want. For mine I asked to omit the tone and vol. pot holes and omit the output jack. He's going to buff a nice shine to it as well. Its going to be expensive though at $100, but I only really play one bass so I dont mind paying to make it the nicest bass it can be. The rosewood guard on black body is going to look sharp.

    I'm sure roger could easily do control plate for you out of wood.

  7. oh god, if he could make me one out of Goncalo Alves wood to match the fingerboard on the neck...
    and maybe even a thumbrest too.

    but this sounds expensive.

    i will shoot him an email and see what he can do.
  8. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    This may work for you,it's a Fender Mustang Bass,
    the control plate could be modified to fit, there
    should be mustang parts available on Ebay..
  9. thats got 3 holes...
    i need 2.
  10. artGuitRepair


    Jul 1, 2008
    Hi all,

    Thought I'd give some detail about these wood pickguards I'm making in my guitar repair shop so there isn't any confusion about what I'm making. My website for the guards is here: http://artisanguitarrepair.com/woodpickguards.com/index.htm

    The pickguards I am making are mostly wood veneer (thin layer of real wood) laminated to plastic instead of solid wood. The reason is that even though solid wood may seem like a good choice for a pickguard material for solid body basses and guitars, it still is vulnerable to cracking especially at the screw holes. As you probably already know, wood expands and contracts in size depending on the humidity. Different woods will change size in different amounts and the way the grain runs will also have a factor in it's durability. The fact that we're dealing with wood 1/8" or less demands a different approach.

    It made sense to me when I started experimenting with these guards four years ago that to combine wood with plastic is really the best way to go. I'm combining the huge range of beautiful wood varieties with the toughness of plastic and the durability of catalyzed clear polyurethane for a finish which is the finish found on most solid body basses and guitars. For those after a more natural look and feel, I recently started offering tung oil as a finish option.

    Regarding price...yes they are more expensive. But the difference is that your getting a professionally handcrafted product. The fabrication process is time consuming and messy with the epoxy I use to saturate the veneer. I believe that those who spend $65-$100 for a pickguard know that they are getting a unique, beautiful, eye catching upgrade to customize their instrument and are happy they spent the extra cash to do it. As you can guess, I think they are really amazing!

    Thats it! You should check out woodpickguards.com and give your bass or guitar a 'woody!'

    Roger Wendover
  11. artdrtr


    Jan 24, 2008
    Redondo Beach, CA