We whipped this Ibanez Soundgear bass for our good pal Cordoza. As you can see, Cordoza really likes gold. Previously, we installed a new gold bridge, new gold tuners, and made a brass nut, as well as gutting and upgrading the original electronics . After getting used to his new bass, he brought it back in to have a pickguard made for it. Cordoza does a lot of slap and pop when he’s tearing it up, and he found that he was digging in too much on this bass – there was too much room under the strings, and his fingers were dipping too far below the string line. A new pickguard would help alleviate the problem.
Trouble is, nobody makes a pickguard to fit these basses, so we had to make one. We think it came out pretty nice. What do you think?
Making a pickguard ain’t as easy as it seems. Here’s how we did it: