Anyone have a bass thats flat black? (Not Shiny)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jackson E, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. If so kindly post pictures, I'm thinking of having one built.
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Check out a Stealth Bongo.

    Google is your friend:

  3. Anyone else? I'm about to let the builder talk me out of it, he thinks it looks like crap. I just thought flat black and a maple board would look rad.
  4. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    someone on here had a flat black Squier Active 5 that was modded to all heck and it looks sweet.
  5. Time Consumer

    Time Consumer

    Jan 27, 2008
    Joliet Ill.
    I have an old ibanez btb200 thats flat black and I love it, in fact, if i were makin a custom bass, I'd go for a matte black finish cuz im too lazy to deal with fingerprints. Sorry bout the stage pic, I actually dont have any of just my bass.

  6. eschatz


    Jul 1, 2008
    i have an upright with a flat BACK!... but that probably doesnt help
  7. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio

    haha you look like 500ft tall in that pic... Cool picture..
  8. nickn


    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    My SUB is flat black. The finish is weird though so it looks odd.

  9. jsm81


    Jan 25, 2008
    Are you sure you're not interested in Satin Black?? There is a difference. Satin has a very slight sheen while Flat has no sheen at all. You may want to go to your local hardware store and take a look at a couple samples. I've seen a lot of Satin black basses and they look great, but I can't say I've ever seen Flat black. That maybe the reason your luthier is steering you away from that choice. The two of you maybe talking about to different sheen's.
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Flat black shows more fingerprints than a satin finish. Think satin.
  11. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    Someone here has a matte black Warmoth with an unlined fretless mpale neck I think. I don't have a copy but I can tell you it's pretty lovely. I suggest searching through the Warmoth threads if you want to find it.
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Inactive Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains:
    you play without the chord going up through the strap? dont you ever pull out the chord by accident?!
  13. dominic


    Aug 7, 2005
    christian mcbride's pensa suhr is flat black, anyone got a picture?
  14. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    the epiphone goth thunderbirds have a flat black finish, works well with the shiny pickguard imo, some good flat black stuff to give you some ideas



  15. Lon86


    Jan 21, 2008
    Venice, CA
    Check out a black Fender Highway 1...
  16. Nappa


    Dec 20, 2006
    Fargo,North Dakota
    What I wouldn't do see this in real life.
  17. Ibanez GWB35 - sold a while back -

  18. BigRedX


    May 1, 2006
    Here are mine:
    Gus G3-5

    Manne Piccolo Bass

    and apologies for the guitar, but it's a cool matt black finish
    Andreas Black Shark

    The reason your luthier is trying to talk you out of it is because is much more difficult to do than a shiny finish. There's three ways I know of of doing it. The Andreas and the MM Subs use a slightly textured black coating. The Manne is made of a wood with very little grain definition and then been stained black - if you catch the light just right you can just see the grain. The Gus is done with a spray-on matt black. This way gives for me the best finish because it's completely smooth and matt black. However it's very difficult to do because any spraying imperfections can't be polished out as they go glossy so it relies on the sprayer being able to put down a perfect coat of colour. Also with time and playing areas will polish up to a semi-gloss.

    Good luck with your project and if you still decide you want matt black stick with it!
  19. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    Gotta love a no maintenance body, eh??

  20. cavemanfr


    Jun 3, 2005
    My Ibanez EDB405 is transparent black.