New here, and loving it! Figured this would be the perfect place for opinions / help.
Okay, so my boyfriend's sister's gave us two basses in... questionable condition. Her neighbor was about to throw them away, but she thought we could salvage them. Both of them only had the E string on them, and they were rather filthy. These pictures were taken after some elbow grease was applied. Sorry for using boyfriend's side of the bathroom counter for our photo booth! Mouthwash and hair gel photobombing in almost every shot. :I Bass #1 - Lafayette
The first thing we did when we got this bass was try to look up the company, and we didn't really find too much information. It looks pretty old due to it's wear and switches. It was missing a tuner, so we had to transplant one from boyfriend's electric.
It did work when we plugged it in. The switchers are both fully functional, as well as both pickups. However, you could fly a plane between the strings and the bridge. The action is terrifying.
We took it to Guitar Center, and got two different opinions. The guy we took it to originally, who works in the bass section, said that with a new (or shaving down of the original) nut and some truss rod adjustment, we'd have a pretty nice bass. He did fiddle with the truss rod a little, and said that it wasn't stuck, which was a good sign. He also said the neck was surprisingly straight, though not perfectly.
The other employee who was watching him work on it had a much different opinion. Boyfriend said he really wanted to save it because "you can't just throw out an instrument", to which employee #2 responded "you may want to rethink that policy". So he pretty much thought it wasn't worth fixing up.
There's also a raised line on the neck about 2 inches long. Looks like someone tried to use clear nailpolish or something to fix a chip. Bass #2 - Lotus
This one doesn't look as old as the Lafayette. We're wanting to strip the paint off of this one and maybe leave it natural. The paintjob on there now was definitely done at home. There's no clear coat, and you can feel all the splatter.
It does need some wiring work, or possibly new pickups. It made angry sounds when we plugged it in, and not much else. It's also missing a fret!
We didn't take this one to Guitar Center, but we mentioned it, and were told that Lotus basses didn't have that great of a reputation and might not be worth fixing. We do like the shape of the body though, and would like to fix it up and make it playable.
So, what do you think? Are these worth salvaging? If so, any tips on what we can do to either to get them working nicely?
Also, any information on the Lafayette would be wonderful too!