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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Oct 23, 2010.
I do prefer the pickguardless look of a J. My Js don't have a pickguard anymore.
Definitely. I could own a J with a pickguard but the best looking ones do without.
I like the guard.
I love the look of J's without pickguards. First time I saw the bass of doom I was sold! Imagine my disappointment finding out that MIM J's have a giant ugly route under their pickguard.
When I bought my Jaco Tribute, the pickguard was included, but not installed.
I installed it.
Ah, much better!
My Warmoth JJ bass has a P body with no pickguard.
My first Fender was a 85 Jazz Bass Special (PJ) that has a P body and no pickguard, so I got used to that.
A J bass without a pickguard makes no sense. The pickguard is part of the bass design. Without it the bass looks like it's missing something. Kind of like a shirtless guy in the middle of the city.
The same applies to any pickguard-less bass that has a metal plate for the controls, like some G&Ls. Weird.
Oh, and I own a Squier VM Fretless (Jaco lookalike).
On a figured top, definitely no guard.
On a classic color like 3TB, it just looks right.
I pretty much think any jazz looks good without the guard. Sunburst look great with a black or tort one on but they still look better without. Control or not, jazzes look best naked.
With all due respect, I'm the total opposite. I really don't care for J's without guards, unless there is no control plate. Looks incomplete or stripped IMHO.
I'm thinking of getting a white Warmoth J body to build a J that will have a clean, pure "naked" look.
Who needs a pickguard when you play with your fingers?! I like the no pickguard look on all basses, J's included.
A Jazz Bass needs a pickguard, block inlays, bridge and pickup covers. Without any one of these, it just doesn't look right. I understand some people find the covers get in the way, but I am speaking only of looks. But they don't get in my way; my elbows bend and I can move my hands.
I don't even know what block inlays are
I think the guard is a design element and makes sense to keep.
And figured tops look too "uptown" for my taste.
But if I were playing fretless in a smooth jazz or brazilian bossa or tropicale band, then a figured top, no guard, caramel burst finish and barts would be the ticket. I had a Lull like that. Sold it when I joined an alt country band.
I hate having plastic on a bass. It just cheapens the whole look. To me, the no pickguard look is very sexy. With control plate or without. Especially on a bass with a beautiful top. Makes no sense to cover it up.
For me, it depends on the color scheme. I love Geddy's red/maple J without the pickguard, and I wish I could ditch the guard on my Candy Cola/maple Jazz V. The maple next to that dark red is gorgeous, but the nasty routs force me to keep the guard. However, I wouldn't want to go without the guard on my Midnight Blue/rosewood G&L JB.
I don't like cheap looking PG's. Or decals, stickers, labels, or extreme looking PG's on any bass body. But the right PG on a J looks better than a naked J to me. Someone please post pics of J's that they think look better w/o. Although I've seen many beautiful basses, I've seen more beautiful ones with PG's. However, no PG looks better than ugly PG's.
agree with above: depends on the color scheme. Here is my fret-less Tele-J:
but less is more on this bass. Given my druthers, I'd also like it rear load, so there was no control plate either.