Would you change out the pickguard on this bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. Original white pearloid

    66 vote(s)
  2. Gloss black

    24 vote(s)
  3. Matte black

    28 vote(s)
  4. Wood burl #1

    11 vote(s)
  5. Wood burl #2

    6 vote(s)
  6. Black pearl

    40 vote(s)
  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I bought this bass and the body color in the pictures was this:

    But it's actually more like this:

    My picture makes it look like a white white, but the color is very close to the goop in the bowl.

    If this were your bass would you keep the pearloid pickguard? Change it out for something else?

    I had thought about going with a tort, but I'm having a hard time stomaching spending upwards of $100 for vanity. My thought is to cover the current pickguard with a colored vinyl.

    I have both of these vinyls coming from Amazon today, but there are other options.

    I also found a site that sells adhesive vinyl drum wraps that can be used to cover pickguards as well. I had thought about something like these:

    Wood burl #1

    Wood burl #2

    Black pearl
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  2. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    I voted black pearl but honestly I think it looks great as is. What kind of bass is it?
  3. Out of the choices you listed I'd pick the black pearl.

    $100 for vanity is a small price to pay. I think you can get a pretty wide variety of colors/designs from this place if you're interested. Home | Pickguard Planet

    I looked at some pretty wild stuff from them but went with plain white and let my son paint it instead. Just a thought if you hadn't looked at their stuff.
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  4. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    It's one of these: Enhanced MP-4EB Creme - Harley Benton

    The preamp is crap and I'm replacing the bridge MM, but everything else is great! $412 shipped to my door from Germany in four days. I'll be wiring everything up passive with coil splitting options for both pickups.

    Last edited: Jun 11, 2021
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  5. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I also think it looks good ad is, but I like all of your suggestions, including tort, as well.
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  6. If YOU would be perfectly happy with this pickguard, very likely you wouldn't ask others whether to keep it or not. Right?

    Since you've asked: I PERSONALLY wouldn't mind spending a bit more time with this combination (pearloid on white). If it wouldn't gel with me, I THINK I'd go for something rather 'plain' (monocolor).
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  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    The pearloid pickguard does match the pearloid inlays.
  8. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    True, let it simmer and see how I feel about it later.
  9. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018

    I am biased, but I liked black pearl on olympic or off white enough to custom order for mine. :)
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Just get a can of black Rust-Oleum and do what I did to this white pickguard:

    BB235 Copper PG.jpg
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  11. Looks great now.:thumbsup: I wouldn't spend the money to change it.
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  12. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    Do as you wish ......don't think about our feelings . But if you really care , let's do a red tort or just leave it alone as God designed it .
  13. I have certainly spent >$100 on vanity.
    But if I were spending 100 on that bass(looks great as it is) it would probably be put towards more functional items.
    Pickups, preamp or tuners..
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  14. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    I'd prefer a parchment or mint though I'm sure a tort would also look nice. Then again, da hell do I know?:)
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  15. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Yeah, that's definitely part of the calculation. I'm now good on pickups (I just haven't installed the replacement bridge pup), the tuners are actually just fine, but I do need the parts to convert it to passive.
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  16. Liam Wald

    Liam Wald Supporting Member

    May 17, 2011
    California Coast
    Probably wouldn't change it but if I did I would do Tort.
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  17. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Another part of the calculation here is that I can't just slap a ready made pickguard on there. This is larger than any stock and the the P pups are reversed, so I would need a custom one made if it's going to be a complete replacement.
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  18. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Mint might look kinda vintage vibey.

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  19. Bassclef46


    Feb 1, 2021
    It’s funny that the color is like that. That snowy white stingray is exactly the same issue. In the pics it looks all snowy night. Pretty white and picturesque

    but in person it’s more like gloomy day. It reminded me of the morning after a snowfall and the salt and plows came by. Gross
  20. I know you're toying with the idea of a sort of 'overlay' (like: adding a layer of vinyl or something like that over the current pickguard). What about painting the pickguard, or like @JimmyM seemingly has done, subjecting it to some kind of chemical torture?

    This has probably been done before...

    (Again: In this case, I'd probably leave it as it is and see whether I could bond with it for a while.)
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