Bought a used & banged up Stingray Classic - repair and refinish?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nurnay, Jan 16, 2014.


  1. nurnay

    nurnay

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    I found a banged up Stingray Classic at a local pawn shop, but neck is perfect, electronics work properly, and and sounds awesome. Got it for $650!

    Anyway, the body has a couple big gouges, and the headstock is scuffed up. I'm debating having a refin done on it with a different color, but if I do, I want the gouges repaired, and possibly the headstock scrapes fixed as well.

    I know Marty Bell and Pat Wilkins come highly recommended (not sure if they do the repair work, but I've sent them both email asking about it). Any others I should consider?

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  2. pedroims

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    what a score !..I would leave it like that and try to sell it to pedroims for $ 700
  3. dwjazz54

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    Keep it as is - unless that gouge where your right arm might rest gets on your nerves. Those all tell a story!

    I'm also unbelievably jealous you picked one up for that price. LUCKY!

    Wait...change the pickguard.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Remove the "69" sticker, THEN rock it so hard the REST of the finish falls off of it!
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  6. Herbie Chesnutt

    Herbie Chesnutt Supporting Member

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    86 the 69, but otherwise leave it alone. If anything, maybe spot repair rather than refin the whole thing. Just my 2 cents.
  7. smcd

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    That headstock and neck has some beautifully figured wood. Nice buy!

    Funny, when you said the bass had "big gouges", I was expecting, well... big gouges. Personally, I'd call those nicks and dings from normal playing wear. Unless you absolutely want a different color, I wouldn't refin that bass.
  8. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Leave it as is, just remove that stupid sticker.
  9. Gorn Captain

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    This. I've seen new basses in Guitar Center in worse condition.
  10. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    Agreed. Loose the sticker and keep it as is.
  11. Joedog

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    Heck, be proud of those battle scars. They add character! I've got several myself (both on my bass and on ME..LOL). I've "earned" them, now I rock them!
  12. Maxdusty

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    comes with the wallet too???? wow!!!
    Great find - I would personally leave it like that, other than removing that "69" sticker on it. It's a real relic piece making it look new somehow detracts from the fact that it's more of a vintage bass. That's just me though and I'm usually a scratch Nazi.
    It looks to be in great shape otherwise. Lucky man!
  13. klejst

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    Good buy indeed. I would leave it the way it is too, looks gnarly. I would probably remove the "69" sticker though
  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

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    Get rid of the decal, and play the crap out of it. A dinged up bass is very liberating. No need to worry about scratching it.
  15. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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  16. electracoyote

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    Dude, you scored. Do what you gotta do to make it a keeper.

    The classic single H two-band is still my favorite. I had mine (an active SUB, which is a 'Ray in all but name) re-finished by Marty Bell in a copper/gold sparkle.

    My band and my sound techs LOVE this bass.

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  17. s4001

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    This. You scored a serious player and couldn't have more stole it than if you bought it out of the back of a van. Go forth and rock that bad chicken.
  18. DwaynieAD

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    love it. that neck is the stuff....


    stupid sticker.
  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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    I'd leave it. You'll spend a bunch to paint and never get it back if u sell
  20. johnson79

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    Woah, that's a great deal!
    I'd see if those dings could be repaired. Large ones like that bug me.
  21. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Supporting Member

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    Change the pickgard to pearloid white and ill buy the sticker off you for .69.

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