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No bass guitar would be complete without its pickguard. Not only do these characteristic sculpted plates serve the practical purpose of protecting your instrument's wood finish from pick-caused scratches and wear, they also make a fairly dramatic statement in their own right. The pickguard is an important part of defining the overall look of your bass.On the stage, your sound comes first, but that doesn't mean that image doesn't play a part. In fact, it's just the opposite—visuals are hugely important to a live performance, where the audience expects to hear and see a great show. The bass is a bigger instrument than the guitar, which makes it really stand out… and that makes your stage presence worth thinking about. Every single thing you change on your bass will get noticed, and the pickguard most of all.You might be looking to just make a change to your trusty bass, or maybe you're restoring a vintage model from the 1960s. You could even be brave enough to build one from scratch. These are all great reasons to be looking for a pickguard. What you'll find here are guards designed to fit standard Fender Precision Bass and Jazz Bass bodies, which naturally means that they'll work for derivatives of those designs as well. The Precision Bass is characterized by the distinctive split pickup that gives it that punchy sound, as well as by the iconic curving pickguard, which all of the P-bass guards found here will have. The Jazz Bass, on the other hand, has that triple-dial plate so the pickguard lacks the long tail. For either model, these guards come prepared with all the pre-drilled holes and cutouts to mount it straight onto the bass—no tricky work required. Choose a genuine Fender pickguard if you're a stickler for authenticity, or look at the plates from D'Andrea if you want to stir things up with a third-party design.A pickguard is a pretty simple thing; the biggest difference between any two is the way they look, so that's basically what you're going on to pick one out. Look for a guard that matches your model bass and has a look that will complement its finish well, while also giving you the personalized presence that you want to have on the stage.

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