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    If I buy a bass What color should I get?

    So I am considering pulling the trigger on a fender american jazz bass if I do I have been trying to figure out what color I want. I was going to make it black but I have several black guitars at home and was hoping to mix it up a little. I want a deep brown but that is not an option. Then I considered white but then I thought I am not sure white will fit in the whole jazz/blues feel as it may be too bright. so I really don't know what I would get.

    My options: dark red, blue, white, black,vintage sunburst, pearl, and bright red.

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    That's a great question. Now you've got me wondering. If you were me, what would you get?
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    I would select the color you like best and go wit it. Afterall, it's your bass.

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    You want to play it or look at it????
    No, I'm not going to give you the answer to your question. I don't want to deny you the pleasure you'll receive when you figure it out yourself. -- Bill Evans talking to his brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbop View Post
    You want to play it or look at it????
    It would be the same bass just different color. I just want to give off a good image when i am on stage.

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    What color is your shirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conman View Post
    So I am considering pulling the trigger on a fender american jazz bass if I do I have been trying to figure out what color I want. I was going to make it black but I have several black guitars at home and was hoping to mix it up a little. I want a deep brown but that is not an option. Then I considered white but then I thought I am not sure white will fit in the whole jazz/blues feel as it may be too bright. so I really don't know what I would get.

    My options: dark red, blue, white, black,vintage sunburst, pearl, and bright red.

    Thanks
    Deep Brown is a bit conservative and maybe even nostalgic in my book.

    I think the white and birght red are a bit gaudy.

    White and Pearl are a bit prima donna-ish ( I picture the player wearing white pants to go along with it).

    Blue is to electric to me.

    Dark Red is kind of conservative like Dark Brown but I would go with the good old classic Sunburst.

    Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conman View Post
    It would be the same bass just different color. I just want to give off a good image when i am on stage.
    Your playing will speak for you.

    There are gigs they will tell you how to dress, but never had one say bring some type or color instrument. Plus buying instrument should be about picking what plays and sounds the best.
    No, I'm not going to give you the answer to your question. I don't want to deny you the pleasure you'll receive when you figure it out yourself. -- Bill Evans talking to his brother.

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    Not sure what you should get, but of those colors I'd get vintage sunburst.
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    If you're going for a classic look, I like a burst with a tortoise shell pickguard.




    but there also a little voice inside me that digs stuff like this Margarita Frost.

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    Get the sunburst... if you don't like it, paint it.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints...

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    I got a sea bass. I painted it like a red snapper.
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    It doesn't matter what color the dang bass is, as long as you have socks to match, sheesh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruthHertz View Post
    I got a sea bass. I painted it like a red snapper.
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    If I buy a bass What color should I get?-tuna_guitar_fish-jpg

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    The vintage sunbursts sound best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasaco View Post
    If I buy a bass What color should I get?-tuna_guitar_fish-jpg
    Dang!!! That's deep!
    Now I'll have to go to music school.
    Learn my scales.

    'love it
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    P-bass? J-bass? No, seabass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles View Post
    P-bass? J-bass? No, seabass.
    Okay now we're talking I'll buy the Blackened Seabass!
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    White. They usually sound the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasaco View Post
    If I buy a bass What color should I get?-tuna_guitar_fish-jpg
    You can tune a piano, but can you tune a fish?

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    you guys are tone def every one knows the black ones have the best tone.

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    Ok you want a real practical advice on the color of your bass?

    here we go:

    1)Dress like you would dress for a gig

    2)choose the color that goes the best with those clothes

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    Tritone Sunburst. That is the Fender Precision Bass finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbop View Post
    Okay now we're talking I'll buy the Blackened Seabass!
    Steamed. And not stirred (fried).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EOE View Post
    you guys are tone def every one knows the black ones have the best tone.
    I am tonedeaf -- literally. And I beg to differ. Everyone knows the best tone comes from a baby burst yellow.

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    Well my bandmqte Jon collects upright basses - seriously. He has about 20 of them, most of them hand painted by a local artist.

    This one is aluminum! Back in the 40's and 50's they actually made school basses out of aircraft grade aluminum for the durability and resistance to moisture effects. He got this for ~$500 and rehabbed it with much time and effort.


    If I buy a bass What color should I get?-image-jpg


    So metal is pretty cool, but in answer to your question, i would go with the traditional burst. Can't go wrong there.

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    ^ I've never seen that before. Coolio.
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Sunburst for the classic/vintage look. I agree with others.
    But playing a black bass looks so badass, especially with a maple neck.

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    Blaaaaack blaaaaaack!!!! Blaaaaaack!

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    Hey guys thanks for the input. I ended up with a natural finish fender deluxe Jazz Bass.

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    Of all the choices I had to make while picking my first bass guitar....I had never ever considered color.
    Boy am I glad I joined this forum! It is broadening my experience. I'll keep it in mind on my next instrument purchase. This would then free me from such mundane decisions like scale, number of strings, bolt on or neck thru body, pick ups, etc.

    Until now I only considered color when purchasing clothes, automobiles, or ice cream. Even then my mind could only grasp the color I did not want. This opens up an entirely new concept. What color do I want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Charles View Post
    Of all the choices I had to make while picking my first bass guitar....I had never ever considered color.
    Boy am I glad I joined this forum! It is broadening my experience. I'll keep it in mind on my next instrument purchase. This would then free me from such mundane decisions like scale, number of strings, bolt on or neck thru body, pick ups, etc.

    Until now I only considered color when purchasing clothes, automobiles, or ice cream. Even then my mind could only grasp the color I did not want. This opens up an entirely new concept. What color do I want?
    Gray (a tad darker than grey) seems appropriate.

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