This is out of the blue, but what kind of pickguard do you have on your bass? And what is its primary purpose?
To prevent scratches on the body due to picking, to mount the pickups and pots, and to hide the cavity for wiring. For designing or sticking your favorite stickers on it... If you are a bassist, there are those who dare to install a finger ramp. Or install finger steps!
For example, when you're tired of the design of the bass you have, removing the paint on the body and repainting it can be time consuming and costly, and above all it is risky in terms of sound quality. Replacing or installing a pickguard will give it a different impression from more-so than other parts do, and I think it's just like changing clothes!
I myself haven't really needed a pickguard, both visually or to play, and I've never had a bass with a pickguard on it. However, while working at Sound House and seeing some of the various products, I was fascinated by the existence of such various designs of pickguards, and lately have been considering installing one on my bass!
From the classic tortoiseshell pattern to glittering pearl tones, there are now many pickguards printed with unique designs. At Sound House, we plan to increase the number of pickguards we handle, so please check back regularly! Personally, I'm really interested in leather materials...!
Now, let's introduce a wide variety of pickguards that you can find at Sound House!
Pickguard for 50's and 60's Precision Bass, the standard gold! It goes well with both a black body or a white body.
This is also for a Precision Bass, perfect for those who want to customize their own bass in a vintage style.
Click here if you want to replace a Jazz Bass pickguard with a tortoiseshell pattern!
Modern black pearl!
Recently we’ve started handling pickguards for the MUSICMAN StingRay Classic! This is a stylish black Avalon design. There is a rich lineup, and I was very wondering which one I should introduce ... There are also ivory pearl and pink pearl-like colors, all of which are beautiful. I want to see more of these in the future!
Although not introduced this time, a clear pickguard is also wonderful as it doesn’t hide the woodgrain of the body. There are also people who have the original illustrations and photos printed on their pickguards. It seems that durability is not a problem when sandwiched between acrylic plates.
Normally, the position of the screw holes for fixing the pickguard are almost the same for Japan and USA. However even when the holes lines up, the neck joint and the bridge sections may need some processing for a perfect fit. Please note that processing should be considered a prerequisite for replacing parts. For fine adjustment of the pick guard and screw hole positions, please bring the actual item with you and consult a repair shop near you!
This is not limited to pickguards. Just changing one part can give you a special feeling of having something that is your own, can't it? Sound House sells a lot of parts. Please take a look!