For almost 17 years this bass was my main instrument.
Thousands of gigs went by and this summer I decided to refinish it.
Countless dings and dongs, even some dents caused by famous people like a dent in the fretboard when the late Dave Carpenter dropped it.
Not much to say/show here. A screwdriver is your friend. Lucky me the pickups and jack battery cables were all fitted with plugs like the ones used for fans on a computer mainboard. For someone like me who sucks big time when it comes to soldering that was a relief :-)
Stripping the old paint.
Attempt 1 with a heat gun ...
Now that doesn't look good ...
Using paint stripper i've had lying around from when i repainted my pool walls.
Now that looks better.
As you can see there is still some primer left on the wood, which some sanding and elbow grease took care of as you can see below
Same procedure for the neck
Now i decided in my noobness that it would be a good idea to use acrylic wood putty to make an even surface. Straight out of the box. Yeah i know NOW that this is not a good idea. Again some sanding did the job, below is a picture taken while sanding it away.
Make the grain pop out.
I wanted to use wood stain but due to limited supplies here i turned to a stained varnish. Is was a black colored varnish, which i forgot to shake well (turns out you have to). Read the f.... manual. Iknow i'm a noob :-)
Here's what i got.
Now that i discovered that shaking the can will make that stuff really black i ended up with this (of course sanding down to the wood again, i'm a sanding master by now:-)
Sanding down a bit
And off topic
Staining the neck (actually just the exposed part which shows below the fretboard and the headstock)
As you can see i used some tape to make everything right, but guess what ? I left out the holes for the tuning machines and some of that stuff went through. Nothing though what some SANDING couldn't take care of :-)