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1973 Fender Precision Bass restoration

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 70spbase, Jan 6, 2018.


  1. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Hey everybody! Happy New Year! I've been doing some work on a '73 P bass I picked up a while ago. This one had a most interesting hum bucker (think Les Paul) installed right in the no man's land. Really light alder body too! Thank God it wasn't too bad of a route. So I started by leveling the route flat , so I could fit a piece in there. Then used something called Z poxy to hold it in place. Then sealed the block in with a coat or two of Z poxy before sealing the whole body in a few coats of a waterbed sanding sealer. Mixed up some white primer sealer and then poly sealed before shooting three coats of a nitro LPB version that I felt looked accurate. Aged it a little bit with a tinted lacquer coat before three coats of polyurethane similar to what Fender may have done. Let it sit for about a month so far. Hoping to wet sand this weekend and maybe polish. But I'll probably put another coat of poly just to get more of a bowling ball finish to be more accurate. It's cool how the color changes in lighting. IMG_9706.JPG IMG_9713.JPG IMG_7859 2.JPG IMG_7884 2.JPG IMG_7883.JPG IMG_7878.JPG IMG_7872 2.JPG IMG_7864 2.JPG Before and after pics...
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
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  2. Picton

    Picton Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Very nicely done. Love the color.
     
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  3. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Thanks!
     
  4. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Niiiice!
     
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  5. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Great work, that colour is fantastic.
     
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  6. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Thank you. First time mixing LPB. Wasn't sure if it would look like a real one. But judging by all of the ones floating around the internet it's as close as I can get by eyeballing the shade.
     
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  7. BassAgent

    BassAgent Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Very cool! Looks as if the body was rounded a bit too (especially at the horns), or do my eyes and the pics deceive me?
     
  8. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
    It is stock round-over as far as I can tell. Probably just the angle of the pictures. It wasn't sanded on the horns. There was some discoloration from the previous owners stripping job. The original color may have been sunburst but it was a few other colors since and with that pickup hole I didn't have the proper grained wood for a sunburst match.
     
  9. jthisdell

    jthisdell Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    Sweet, nice job on saving an old bass!
     
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  10. mesaplayer83

    mesaplayer83

    Jun 27, 2017
    Nice job - it looks great!!!
     
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  11. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Please continue the journey and share. :)
     
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  12. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
    So I aged it a bit. Amazing how amber changes the color to a slightly green hue. Totally making the blue look lighter! I also sprayed a dusting of poly then one heavier coat. Letting it dry for a couple days then wet sand 600 to knock it down. Then I'll spray another heavy coat , let it dry a couple days then 800, 1000, buff it to a shine............ hopefully. IMG_7924.JPG IMG_7925 2.JPG IMG_7922 2.JPG IMG_7921 2.JPG
     
  13. 70spbase

    70spbase Fender/Ampeg for over 30 years!Portaflex #449 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Las Vegas
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    Finished the '73 Lake Placid blue. Good weight and tight neck pocket, strong 11.4K
    pickup and smooth medium action. 8.6# comfortable balance.
     

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