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Sanding a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jblmusic1994, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. jblmusic1994

    jblmusic1994

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    I'm attempting to sand the ugly, childish paint off of my Washburn Taurus t14. I already converted it to fretless (it's was an alright procedure and sounds okay for my first time doing so)

    I want to know if any of you know how to sand the entire bass body. By this I mean: do you have any pointers or past experiences?

    I already disassembled the bass. I took the neck off, I took out the pickups and hardware.. So, my main question is how to handle the wood.

    Example:
    -Grit of sandpaper
    -Direction to sand
    -How deep to sand
    -Should I put some kind of wood finish on afterwards
    -what to expect

    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

    (Please don't discourage me by saying that it will not turn out. Lie if you must. :) I went through all the trouble of dissecting her, and she is not going back together without SOME alterations. And remember, it's already basically a "project" bass and I rarely play it due to the "toy" look that the glossy color provides. So, hopefully she will look pretty afterwards and I can dive into the study of fretless bass)
  2. TinIndian

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    Most likely it has a polyurethane finish on it. Sanding will take a very long time and chemical strippers wont touch it. I've stripped two and have a third I'm in the process of. The best way I've found is to use a heatgun and a scrapper. Just be careful you dont burn or gouge the wood.
  3. paparoof

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    I've sanded poly finishes to bare wood before. Both times I swore I would never do it again.
  4. tabdog

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    I defretted mine also. The pickups work better
    fretless than they did fretted. At least to my
    ears they do.

    I shaved that thick neck down thinner and
    more narrow than a Jazz bass neck.

    I like the finish on mine. They are bass wood,

    [​IMG]

    Good luck,

    Tabdog
  5. jblmusic1994

    jblmusic1994

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    That's the exact bass I have tabdog.

    I just don't like how it is so bright.
    It looked like a more natural wood color online.
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  7. pattyløve

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    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering, D'addario
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    I've stripped a poly finish before.. this is the best way to go about it.
  8. ASATMAN

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    Just stripped a thick poly finish, took a day and a half to complete and i have the scars to prove it.
  9. willydee

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    Best of luck with this project. Never done sanding myself but love the ethos of taking an instrument and making it unique to you. Will say this though: take your time :)

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