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Before/After: Pics of your fixer-uppers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kmon, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I just rehabbed one and would love to see the before/after pics of some of basses that came to you in rough shape.

    To avoid humongous downloads and excessive scrolling, please consider thumbnails:)

    Here's mine, first year 1983 Peavey Foundation w/case. It was covered in stickers front, back and neck. Also had a bunch of paint and other random crap stuck to it.

    Overall this one was easy. The stickers came off largely by hand and some naptha and elbow grease got rid of the adhesive munge and paint. Still needs a setup, but man it looks great. It has the original truss rod cover(not pictured). The case is in fantastic shape and even has the original key:). I really, really love the super ferrite pickups.

    Before and after pics below:

    CE28083F-C037-4BC9-9236-249A01CCEA99.jpeg IMG_2265.JPG IMG_2266.JPG IMG_2267.JPG IMG_2268.JPG IMG_2269.JPG IMG_2270.JPG IMG_2271.JPG IMG_2272.JPG
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2020
  2. I've never rehabbed a bass, but you've got me curious. So I'm subscribing.
  3. These two.... IMG_20201126_134013953.jpg Screenshot_20201126-135127.png

    ...are now these...
    I don't have a before of my BC Rich anymore, but I did quite a bit of work to it to get it looking pretty much like new...

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  4. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2020
  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    '66 Thunderbird II I brought back. FB_IMG_1475170760870.jpg FB_IMG_1475170797542.jpg
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2020
  6. C Stone

    C Stone

    Sep 4, 2020
  7. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
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  8. It looks like something horrible happened to that bird.
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  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    It was converted into a bolt on neck guitar and smashed in a parking lot in a geetar player hissy fit. I bought it off Ebay for 10 bucks, was going to hang it up in the shop, then decided to do a complete resto on it, in for a penny in for a pound.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2020
  10. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Got a Squier p a few years ago. Rusty/corroded bridge screws and springs, terrible hack wiring job and some rattling tuners.

    Added Fender bridge, full shield and rewire, pearl PG, bridge cover, and a Fender J neck

    Not the most dramatic transformation; but I love this bass and it’s been my main player for over a year now
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  11. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Austin, TX
  12. Bone


    Oct 28, 2006
    A few from back in the day P3240009.JPG P4190001.JPG P9070001.JPG P9260003.JPG P2270001.JPG P1090018.jpg
    68 Mustang
    67 Melody Maker
    62 Jazzmaster
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2020
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  13. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    This was my G Style six before.

    It had Belcat pickups.
    The C string was quieter compared to the other strings.
    The preamp did next to nothing.
    G before.jpg

    I replaced the Belcats with Aguilar DCB soaps and the preamp with an Aguilar OPB-3.
    The dome knobs were replaced with a set of Tigerwood knobs.

  14. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

  15. 20190423_083403.jpg
    The starting point: '90s Fury, chipped black poly, broken PG, mildly sticker bombed (mostly on the back), pickup wired straight to the jack.
    Cleaned up, wiring channel and PG screw holes filled, new pots/wiring/knobs, painted in copper lacquer (with an artificial head start on "player wear" to match the real wear on the neck) and topped off with a maple control plate.
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  16. @gebass6 The device close to the bridge, is that a tuner? And is it permanently fixed?
  17. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Yes it's a TC Unitune.
    I get a better reading with it there.
    20200610_120423.jpg 20200612_172444.jpg
  18. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I have vamped quite a few basses. Only one was in bad shape. It was still in bad shape afterwards. It became trash.
  19. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe

  20. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    I don't understand what had happened to this poor thing :confused:

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