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Which Fender Combo do you think is More "American"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by doktersprode, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Fender 3 Colour Sunburst w/white gaurd

    56 vote(s)
  2. Fender Olympic White w/ tort gaurd

    91 vote(s)
  1. doktersprode


    Jul 1, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I've read around here about TB'ers think that a Fender 3 colour sunburst is the bass of "American spirit". That being said, others think that a classic Olympic White/Tort gaurd combo is truly the bass of Uncle Sam.

    So, my friends, which is truly the more American bass?

    (Not Jazz or Precisions in particular, just the overall paint/gaurd. And yes, I'm ready for the only replies being "Well, was Made in Mexico/Japan/ect.")

  2. detracti


    May 5, 2006
    Three-tone sunburst with tort pickguard ;)
  3. Though I own an Oly white w/tort guard, I voted for the 3-tone sunburst as the more American vibe. TBOWY, I don't really think of it being American when I see a Fender, I think more of the tone and it's body looks.:smug:
  4. doktersprode


    Jul 1, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I actually didn't see that coming,
    I don;t know why. :D
  5. Nothing says traditional american guitar more than a burst finish, whether it's on a Fender P or Jazz, a Strat or Tele, or a Gibson Les Paul.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars

    More American?


    That doesn't make any sense.
  7. tapp01


    Apr 10, 2008
    Wilmington, NC
    White/tort without a question. One of the most tempting color combos available. Truly capable of causing bass lust.
  8. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    +1. Wha???
  9. doktersprode


    Jul 1, 2008
    Austin, TX
    It is a weird thing to say, I know but, kinda...

    ...which do you think is truly the "Hey, that looks like a true roots-of-origin bass.

    It's a hard concept to explain.
  10. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    In that case, I'd have to say that the first basses were probably natural finished 1951 P basses. They were made in America, but I don't think the country of origin is an essential part of their aesthetic. "American" makes me think of red/white/blue, as in perhaps that famous Lakland flag bass on the cover of the book "American Basses."

    Perhaps it would be better to state the question differently. For example: what is the most "classic" Fender bass color scheme in your opinion?
  11. Rugaar


    Apr 11, 2007
    My MIJ Westone. :D

  12. doktersprode


    Jul 1, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Actually, I have "American Basses", It's an amazing read for and bassist. Your probably right, I was kind of just taking a phase from some fellow TB'ers.
  13. 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
    Bassman 400 Pro.
  14. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
  15. kb9wyz


    Sep 8, 2008
    Anything with a tobacco burst or similar burst with a nice tort pickguard. Nothing more American than that...

    Unless there were to be an Apple Pie burst with an ice cream colored pickguard...

  16. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Where can i buy this gaurd thing:confused:???
  17. My thoughts exactly.
  18. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006

    +1 :bassist:
  19. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    I don't know about American, but tortie on white is where it's at!

  20. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007

    Aren't they both American? I didn't know a colour scheme could be "American" except for Red, white and blue - unless of course you're from France or the UK, in whic case that is also a French or a British colour scheme. Or Australia. Or Canada before the maple leaf. Or many others for that matter.

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