So I bought a body thinking it was new when it wasn't. Because I build basses on the side with my brother, I knew right away that no matter how nice the component would be, that it would have little chance of selling as finished bass simply because it was made from a previously used part.
That said I put this up for sale in the bass accessories string of the classifieds: Charcoal P-Bass Body Flame Maple Top. (Rare Color)
Again, no one wanted it and some felt the routing was too big. Yes, someone did mess with the routings and it was never apparent to me from the original photos which were demonstrably worse than my photo skills. But the widened routes weren't too far out of line and so guess what??? A pick guard is larger than the routes anyway. So the routes would be covered.
Thus I decided to set out to prove a point, while at the same time building a concept bass that we now call: "Riserva di Famiglia" (Italian for "Family Reserve")
Okay so in review,....The before pic of the body:
The after pic of the finished bass:
I admit my photography skills are lacking. It's been an ongoing problem for me. So I recently took it to a photo studio to have some real pics taken.
Here is a link to the gallery: http://s136.photobucket.com/user/jaz...07024%20Studio
And here is one picture:
So what did I do to this body? First as you can see, the pickguard covers the larger routes. So they never were an issue. I used 1400 grit sanded and buffed out most of the swirls.
My brother installed two Bill Lawrence Pickups and a electronics kit consisting of Vol - Vol - Master Tone and - Master Varitone. What did he just say???
Yep I said a Varitone
right at the end with 5 different capacitor ratings an a bypass setting. It's rad and tonally monstrous. The tonal palette is very diverse and expansive. You can't do any better than a Varitone. The caps are the same ratings as the old gibson guitars. That my friends, is true love...
The neck has a very nice grain on the back and we put in a custom inlay on the 12th fret.
Pickguard done by Terrapin Guitars.
So those are the afters.