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Hard to say, I like olympic white, but I have none. So as my favourite basses are Poplar burl or Redburst ash, I guess those!

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Olympic White for me, with rosewood fretboard and either black or tort pick-guard. Ironic really given I don’t have a bass in that colour scheme as maple fretboards work better for my current needs.

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I do love old Olympic White, like my ‘69 but the Custom Shop I’ve just picked up of Oly White over Candy Apple Red heavy relic 🤪😍

 

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How many BassChatters know my answer already? 

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Black or white. I’m a sucker for Capri Orange too. I’m not over keen on sunburst, or natural finishes. I much prefer solid colours.

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Depends on the bass. Some instruments suit one style of finish some another. However I don't like instruments with worn or damaged finishes.

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I favour black.  Either black bodies, bwb scratchplate and a maple neck and fretboard or the all black stealth look with no scratchplate, ebony board and painted headstock..

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I can't say I have a favourite; in fact, I seem to love just about any bass in just about any colour.

Way back in the mists of time however, the first bass I dreamt of owning, possibly even before seeing the combo, was a Jazz in off-white with a tort guard, rosewood board, so I suppose that should have some pride of place, although I've never actually had one.

I'm also a big fan of Gibson's walnut brown and cherry red finishes, too.

At the more extreme end of things, there was the idea of a B.C. Rich Ignitor in purple sparkle with gold.hardware and a bass whammy bar. I doubt I could afford it, and I don't think even the custom shop offer that shape because it's too weird- which I why I love it, of course.

I also went through a phase of primary blue with a white guard. Numerous daydream guitars where imagined that way, and my first bass was stripped and spray painted that way.

Then there's the 70's stripped-to-the-wood look... no sorry. I just can't do it. I'll have to claim to be polyamorous in this regard. And nitroamorous, too.

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It depends on the bass but I am sucker for vintage white/cream. I don't like natural wood yet I wouldn't want my 4005 in anything else. I don't particularly like sunburst yet my Bex4, which I love the look of) is tobacco burst and I have a matching P and J in 3TSB. I don't really like black, it doesn't stand out on stage, yet I bought a Club bass in black as it looked so much better than the classic Hofner burst. I do really like retro pastel shades yet don't any. 

Basically I have preferences but if it suits the bass then I like it. 

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I don't own one, but in the 70s Fender did walnut coloured finishes on some of their basses. I love that finish, particularly on a P Bass . Also Walnut finished Gibson SG guitar...yes. Also, I love translucent black as a finish, particularly on a Fender-type bass. 



 

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I like an oiled neck (EBMM style) - I dislike intensely gloss finishes on necks.

 

I like the idea of a nitro body but all my basses have poly finishes

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11 minutes ago, thodrik said:

I don't own one, but in the 70s Fender did walnut coloured finished on some of their basses. I love that finish, particularly on a P Bass . Also Walnut finished Gibson SG guitar...yes. Also, I love translucent black as a finish, particularly on a Fender-type bass. 



 

This, you mean?

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Yeah that's pretty awesome.

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2 hours ago, BassAgent said:

This, you mean?

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Yeah that's pretty awesome.

Absolutely splendid, in a 1970s Britain kind of a way. It evokes watching The Sweeney, being savagely duffed-up by the school bullies (and being told "not to be such a bloody jessie" if you were stupid enough to tell  teachers/parents), winters of discontent and @Stub Mandrel's teenage diet. Ahh, happy days. 

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12 minutes ago, Baceface said:

Absolutely splendid, in a 1970s Britain kind of a way. It evokes watching The Sweeney, being savagely duffed-up by the school bullies (and being told "not to be such a bloody jessie" if you were stupid enough to tell  teachers/parents), winters of discontent and @Stub Mandrel's teenage diet. Ahh, happy days. 

Ah, the good old days (not said in jest either).

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