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Fender Alder body as natural look

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bass.strings, Feb 19, 2014.


  1. bass.strings

    bass.strings

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    Thinking about stripping my red Fender Jazz to give it the natural look cause I like natural. Just unsure how the alder body would look. Anyone have any ideas? ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392871583.495496.jpg
     
  2. sjeverett

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    I stripped my alder body strat this summer. Came out really well. My son immediately asked if I would trade guitars with him.
     
  3. bass.strings

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    Cool, do you have a pic of it?
     
  4. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

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    Dunno. Alder isn't the prettiest wood out there. Your's could be appealing..but I wouldn't risk it.
     
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  6. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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    bass geetarist Supporting Member

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    If you're not happy with the current finish, you could just strip it, and if you're not happy with how it looks au natural, repaint it a colour you like better.
     
  8. bass.strings

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    Thanks guys! Do you think it would change the tone any?
     
  9. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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    Certainly not for the worse. It may open it up a bit more, but that really depends on how thick the current finish is. I personally like thin finishes.
     
  10. joeyl

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    There could be a reason why your Fender is painted a solid color, the wood could be really mismatched and made from very different grain patterns underneath there. For the amount of elbow grease and the possibility of a nasty surprise, I would just get a replacement body from Mighty Mite or if you can afford it Warmoth.

    as such

    http://www.warmoth.com/Showcase/ShowcaseItem.aspx?i=B2691&Body=2&Bass=1&Path=Body
     
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

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    This was my initial thought too. It's pretty much a roll of the dice. Could be beautiful, could be hideously mismatched.
     
  12. sjeverett

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    I dont have a pic and my son leaves the guitar in the band hall. He takes a guitar class and its easier to leave his axe and amp at school and use one of our other guitars to practice at home.
     
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    This is fairly likely. Stripping a solid color is a crapshoot, and you may have ugly wood underneath.

    Of course, you can always re-paint it another solid color.
     
  14. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    Given the rarity of decent looking wood of all types these days, I'd bet Fender culls any good looking bodies for trans/burst finishes.
     
  15. RockBobby

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    If it is a "select alder" body, they prolly match. Mine is a 3TB USA P Deluxe and the grains match.
     

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  16. FranF

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    I like mine! Got lotsa mojo, but that's the beauty of it!
     

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  17. bass.strings

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    Thanks guys! It's a roll of the dice.
     
  18. Hopkins

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    Alder can be a bit bland looking, but its by no stretch an ugly wood. I have seen some curly alder that was absolutely stunning. That being said, with a solid color, when stripping chances are you will find a 3 (or more) piece body, probably with a veneer on the top that has a real chance of looking horrible. As said earlier, your best bet would be to buy a natural finished MightyMite body that you know will look good, and save yourself the work and possible heartache of stripping your current body.
     

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