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

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

  1. nurnay


    Aug 21, 2010
    Chico, CA
    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?









  2. pedroims

    pedroims Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    what a score !..I would leave it like that and try to sell it to pedroims for $ 700
  3. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    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 Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    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

    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


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    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. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Leave it as is, just remove that stupid sticker.
  9. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    This. I've seen new basses in Guitar Center in worse condition.
  10. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    Agreed. Loose the sticker and keep it as is.
  11. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    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


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    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


    Oct 5, 2010
    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

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    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 Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
  16. 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.

  17. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    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

    DwaynieAD Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    love it. that neck is the stuff....

    stupid sticker.
  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    I'd leave it. You'll spend a bunch to paint and never get it back if u sell
  20. 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 Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Change the pickgard to pearloid white and ill buy the sticker off you for .69.