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Which pickguard for a natural finish?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ben Mitchell, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. My KSD J6V70 should be getting here soon. I was kind of thinking about replacing the pickguard with something a little different.

    Any ideas? What pickguard do you like best on natural basses?

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  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Frankly, I like black.

    Barring that, tort. You'll get that a lot on this forum.
  3. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
  4. black
  5. Kamatori


    Jan 20, 2012
    black or no guard
  6. Sni77


    Aug 23, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    I always wondered why there are no pickguards made out of wood. I think it would look cool, but there must be a good reason why they are not popular.
  7. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    For myself the color of the Bass finish as well as the Fretboard wood used goes into consideration regarding a pickguard color/style. My just-sold Music Man SUB 5 in Black had its el cheapo "Diamondplate-On-Cardboard" stock 'guard replaced with a Pickguardian Black Abalone pickguard, which "matched" the black while still bringing a variety of colors into the mix. And also the choice of Chrome, Black or Gold Hardware can factor into a pickguard decision for myself as well. For your Natural Finish/Maple Fretboard the black goes well as is, so I'd consider Black Pearloid to give it just a touch of *bling* while still looking "respectable". :smug:

    I've seen a few smaller builders use Wooden Pickguards, but I imagine they're far more prone to breakage to shape them at the thin width a pickguard must be as well as beveling & adding screw holes. Plus it adds another woods' figuring and color into the mix, which is why the ones I do remember were placed onto pretty bland body woods such as Alder or non-figured Maple.
  8. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I always prefer them without.
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  10. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I really like greasygroove.com Tons of pick guards to choose from. That said, I'd go with a white or black. My FSR is natural wood and came with a tort pick guard.
  11. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Normally I like black, especially with a maple board. If it's Natural/rosewood, I like tort.

    But with your Smith, with white blocks, I'd go with a white pearloid or plain 3-ply white.
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Tort + natural = good

  13. Sni77


    Aug 23, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    I think this one would look fantastic on the OP's bass. Where can you find those?
  14. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  16. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    There's a wood pickguard on the new Ibanez ATK800 and 805. Bass Player said it marks up pretty easily if you actually play with a pick.
  17. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Mine came with a white pickguard and I thought about changing it but it kind of grew on me. I may get some white vinyl block inlays to match sometime.


    I think it really pops when we wear our white jackets.


    You've got the white inlays so I agree a white pearloid might look cool. But you've also got the black hardware so you might consider keeping the black guard and getting black vinyl blocks. IMO the white looks best with lots of shiny chrome.
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    My 63 jazz... I like the black on the aged nitro :D
  19. White looks nice actually... I might try a white pearloid to go with the white blocks and also get a new black one since this one is kind of scratched up, its nice to have options!