The popular vote for which looks best is one approach. However, the "other approach" for a solution is to satisfy YOUR opinion. I tried a Mother of Pearl pick guard and a smokey gray/black pickguard on my used blue P-Bass back in 2001. (I believe it was Lake Placid Blue but could have been similar or the same color as your P bass....far too long ago to recall actual color, just what I believed at the time.) The gray pearloid looked hideous to me, and a few months later saw someone in a YouTube video with the same idea....sorry, it looked good on his, and for "me" I am still glad I went back to original.
On the other hand, when I bought a used white P Bass at the local, it looked hideous to me with the gray pearloid and I tried both a "tortoise shell with more red than brown" and a plain "brown tortoise shell" and played that bass for several years as my number 1 (3 color sunburst MIM P Bass) with the brown tortoise shell.
I was able to make my audience comfortable at "all acoustic gigs" by using the "right color" that let my solid body bass "fit" the personality of our music and genre (Americana, country, ballad rock and when appropriate, some gospel). (This was the MIM P bass with 3 color sunburst.)
My point is....experiment and find what YOU like. Family opinion should bear some weight in the decision, but you get 60% and they get smaller percentages because this bass is an expression of our personality-identity and a statement of "this is me".
OR buy what is available cheap and dare somebody to tell you that you play great, but that is one ugly bass. Other people have no idea how much damage a Fender bass can inflict when swung like a Louisville Slugger, going for the fence.
Fat, dumb and happy in the Oklahoma Red Dirt Country
n the other hand, when I bought a used white P Bass at the local, it looked hideous to me with the gray pearloid and I tried both a "tortoise shell with more red than brown" and a plain "brown tortoise shell" and played that bass for several years as my number 1 (3 color sunburst MIM P Bass) with the brown tortoise shell.
That is exactly what I did. I had a 2011 Fender American Special Jazz Bass with Black Pickguard. I changed it to a Reddish Brown Tort that leaned more read and it made a beautiful bass.
I hear you and like the Red Tort on Oly white bass I really liked it so no opinion necessary but the bass in this post I looked and looked at them and was kinda leaning toward leaving it stock but couldn't make up my mind (sitting on fence about it) so with that I got other's opinions
Just to muddle things up a bit more, I say to you Mint Green. Nice bass btw.
You know a long FDP member George Edmonst (edmonstg) gave me a Mint Green Jazz pickguard a few years ago he had laying around. I tried it and wanted to like it but just couldn't . Thanks for the idea though woody
Ok in the end I just wasn’t fond of TIde Pool Blue so for my birthday my wife bought me a new Fender Standard Artic White body and I changed the body and had a Red Tort Pickguard I previously tried on the original body that goes great with this body color. I had a 2011 Fender Oly white w/red Pickguard American Special Jazz I loved that I reluctantly had to sell . This is close enough