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Joeglow
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:54 pm    Post subject: Pickguard or Burst? See Pics b4 vote Reply with quote

Well, since I mauled my pickups while installing them I started looking at the option I had of finishing off this bass, (also while Curt repairs my hack job on his pickups). The pics are rough but the idea is there. let me know which way to go. The burst looks great and should be shown off but the shell guard really sets off the burst.




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VERY hard call there, Joeglow...

I do like the tortoise shell a lot, but I voted for the jazz control 'cuz that burst finish is just too fine to cover up.

You can't go wrong either way, but I leaned toward the wood letting its freak flag fly!

(What exactly did you do to those pups?)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here on the hard call, but I chose the tort p/g for the vintage look. The nice burst still a killer with the p/g setting it off.

Where did you get the mounting rings for the jbass pups?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lars wrote:

(What exactly did you do to those pups?)


I tore some of the copper and tore the ground wire from the 2 pups.
Lon wrote:

Where did you get the mounting rings for the jbass pups?


They are an AllParts product but let it be known that their hardware is not exact from part to part. It took me 3 rings to get one that would fit the jazz pup, and at that I had to grind some metal for the pup cover to fit inside the ring. I have 2 for the P bass pups but neither fit the pup covers and don't cover the cavity entirely. Pretty cheap crap if you really want an opinion. Oh, well, looks good anyway.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joeglow wrote:
I tore some of the copper and tore the ground wire.


How the hell did you do that? Shocked

I like the metal...looks diff.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who knows BB, I've had these pups laying around since last year. They've been moved around several times and could have allso happened during installation. In either case it sucks and has to be sent to Curt for some TLC. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the wood look, no pickguard. But that's just me. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only problem with the jazz set up is there is no chrome ring, or any ring for that matter that will fit and cover the pup cavity entirely. I have searched everywhere. The only ones that carry it are AllParts and I've tried 3 of them. They all don't fit and are slightly off from each other in every dimension. Very poor quality control on the line.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for the pickguard, but only because the metal jazz style plate looks so ....large. I mean it comes up to almost the middle of the split P/U. How large is the route under there? The top knob on the metal plate is positioned much further up the body than it is on the pickguard version.

But it is a beautiful burst!!!!! Yet another fine job. (Damn man, you are prolific! Keep it up!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that burst, too. Shame to cover any more than necessary, but I've always thought those big chrome control plates were a bit obtrusive, to put it kindly. If I had the resources, I'd have the plate cut out of tortoise (same material as the guard you've shown), and just for my own aesthetics, I'd try rounding off those two sharp corners where it flares. Does the underlying cavity allow that?

Either way, I'd show off as much of that nice burst as possible.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went for pickguard. Its just a little more subtle that the chrome jazz controls.

Joe, you thinking about putting more than one string on that thing? Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe,

Ever consider the jazz control made from the tortoise shell material? That might be the best of both worlds...nice contrast yet show the most wood.

Just a thought...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually voted for the toroise shell guard only because the P pup chrome plate is going to be a bigger problem. None of them fit without grinding away.
Tele Yes I can round the corners a little bit to even it out but You guys gotta keep the votes coming because I'm going with the total vote I think. I agree that it does look obtrusive in a way and the burst is shameful to cover up but I think the end result is resting on you guys.
I also took one of the pup rings and used a Scotchbrite pad and gave it a brushed look that came out great.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not cut up the pg to make custom pieces for the pups and control cavity?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking about what Lars said a bit and doing that but I think it will look cheap. I pulled out the original Fender pups from the CAR bass that I havent used in years and you know, to my surprise the pup covers are slightly smaller than the ones Curt sent and they fit the chrome plate. The only problem now is they are white. Ugh! If anyone has a set of original Fender pup covers they are willing to part with for a small nominal fee of course that are black, I will gladly remove them from your possession. If I can get them, then I can use the chrome plate and go the Jazz route. If not I may have to lean towards the Tortoise guard.

You know, I was stumped from day 1 on the final look of the bass after I bursted it and saw how nice the whole burst looked. Thought it was a shame to cover it. Thats why I originally wanted to leave it exposed. Then I posted a pic of it and you guys suggested the same thing I thought without me saying it. So I was definite on that look too, but when I saw that the ring wasn't gonna fit I thought "Ahhh, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." Well, it's a bridge and it needs to be crossed. The p/g looks good and somewhat nostalgic and I like it but now with the new discovery I have new hope about the pup covers.

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