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Update: Tort or Pearl scratchplate on my Jazz - what do you think?

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I fitted a Kiogon stacked knob control plate on my Fender Roadworn Jazz yesterday. Mightily impressed with the sound and tone controls. It sounded good anyway - but brief ownership of a Flea Jazz made me want to try stacked controls on this Jazz. 

I have to say, I think it's an improvement and I'm well pleased.

But I also wanted to try a change of scratchplate (or is it Pickguard?). I had ordered a cheapish one from eBay - it's not quite as yellowed as I had hoped, and I'm not quite sure which I prefer? I am a fan of Tort plates / guards - on the right bass.

Just out of interest, which do you prefer? :)

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Tort......I have an all Black ESP Pancho Tomaselli Jazz type Bass and have taken the scratchplate off....I like the look.

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Never ever, under any circumstance should a pearl scratchplate be fitted to anything other than a Hofner. 

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I'll go against the grain and say pearl. Everyone has used tort for a sunburst and never pearl. Pearl has that shimmer when the light hits it. 

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I think tort looks better with a rosewood board, and pearl goes better with maple. 

I reckon tort for this too, as it suits the ‘60s control plate - the Pearl looks too modern.

Nice bass too!

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Tort, tort or a even better tort 😄

Looking good 👍

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You're all fools - Single ply black. 👍

(those stacked knobs look fabulous!)

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I have some better tort than that that I can sell to you - see my build diary. Loads of custard in it

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Update - the Tort is back on my Roadworn Jazz. It just looks like it "belongs" there. I think I'd have preferred the pearl if it had been more creamy / yellow / aged 

However, now I have a new dilemma - shall I put the pearl plate on my MIJ Fretless Jazz? The Tort plate on that isn't as nice as the fretted Jazz...

What do you think folks? Thanks for your replies :)

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Yes - that's OK 😎

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Tort looks better though. I have one that colour on my black jazz. Best combination 🙂

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14 hours ago, Maude said:

Never ever, under any circumstance should a pearl scratchplate be fitted to anything other than a Hofner. 

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Probably agree, although I have seen a Stingray sporting a pearl plate which looked pretty good.

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