Yet another "Which Pickguard?" thread (very BLACK Jazz content). Sorry, can't decide!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fender32, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Black/white/black.

    40 vote(s)
  2. Black Pearl.

    23 vote(s)
  3. Other (please specify in thread).

    9 vote(s)
  1. I know, I know - It's a simple either/or, but I can't decide.

    I thought that a black pearl guard would make my graphite necked "Super Jazz" look more like a Modulus, but when I tried it on, it looked more like a Line 6 bass :meh:.

    So, help out a fellow in need please ;).

    OPTION 1: Black/white black laminate.


    OPTION 2: Black pearl.


    OPTION 3: (You tell me ;)).

    Thanks in advance for your input :).
  2. Alfik


    May 25, 2008
    Remove a pickguard it kills the sound - try play with and without. You notice a difference immediately.
  3. OptimusPrime


    Mar 30, 2008
  4. Hansel


    Jan 20, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario

    OR, Anodized Aluminum. Very Space age.
  5. :( Too late!

    When I built it, I built it without a pickguard ...


    ... but there was a little too much room under the strings for plucking and also I thought that a pickguard would make it look less like a "parts bass", so I added the black one.

    Now you can all tell me that it looked better before (not that I haven't heard that here already a few dozen times :p).

  6. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    If that's the case, then why do so many players up to the "legends" play basses with pickguards? I would think that if a pickguard makes as much of a "night-and-day" difference as you seem to imply, they'd be vastly less popular. Perhaps you could set up an A/B test to show us this difference?

    That said, the black pearl is quite good-looking, but I think the black/white/black looks better. It has a very elegant, classy look to it.

    Actually, though, were it MY Jazz, I'd have left it without the pickguard altogether. Maybe I just like the "parts bass" look, but it has a very distinctive look without a pickguard or pickguard screws.

    Since you want a pickguard, I'd go with the black/white/black.
  7. Calebmundy


    Apr 5, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: DNA Amplifiers, Lākland Basses
    Red tortise shell baby-it looks great on the black. Otherwise, I would go with the black one, the black pearl does look a little Line 6-y to me.
  8. Whilst I wouldn't discount the suggestion that the addition of a pickguard affects the tone (I'm sure that it does to some small extent), I can't really say that I noticed any ill effects once I added the current pickguard to this bass :meh:.
  9. "Line 6-y" = not good (in this context) :p.

    Sorry Variax owners :bag:.
  10. Brown tort. ALWAYS brown tort.
  11. RedemptionBass


    Dec 12, 2007
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Head (and only) Honcho at Redemption Bass
    Just for the sake of throwing out something a little different....

    I'd personally go for a black/red/black guard. Nothing wrong with a little hint of color.
  12. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Option 1, HOT!!
  13. Ive played with and without a PG for 2 years on and off. No huge difference in sound :)

    I have black on black now with RW fretboard. Sexiest combo ever IMO!
  14. that black pearl is awful sexy
  15. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    MIRROOOOOOOR! :bassist:
  16. I like it with the black pickguard. But I like more a white pickguard. Just my 2 cents.

    Gratz on the bass, looks awsome anyway!
  17. playibanez


    Apr 3, 2006
    tort all the way
  18. Diamond plate!

    or maybe the black pearl ;)
  19. :cool:what about a mirror pickguard, those things are beast! i think it would look great with one of those
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