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black hardware? (rant)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anonymous278347457, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    Ive got a jazz in wine red, and ever since i saw jason newsted with a sadowsky jazz with black machine heads ive always wanted to replace all the hardware on my bass with black.

    Its kinda unbelieveable what it will cost me

    machine heads-£40
    pickguard £10
    control plate £15
    Bridge(a reasonable one) £30
    strings(black coated DRs) £40
    string tree £3
    black screws- not managed to find any of these yet
    strap buttons £2

    thats about £140 just for hardware, and only £30 is actually going to change my sound.

    is there a way of saving myself lots of money for this stuff?
    can i buy a few cans of spray paint and spray my machine heads, bridge, control plate and pickguard?

    or is this a very bad idea...?
  2. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Most of the parts made of metal are powder coated, not painted. If you were to try to paint any of these, you'd have chipping, and with your tuners, you might have sticking. Painting a pickguard without a proper plastic primer will result in nothing but tears.
  3. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Those strings are outrageously priced.
  4. haxality


    Feb 14, 2006
    Kronos is correct on all counts. I mean, technically, yeah, you ...could do those things. But you would be ruining the aesthetics of your bass. And that would make baby Jesus cry.
  5. fr0me0


    Dec 7, 2004
    Winnipeg Canada
    paint will chip, powerdercoating it dirt cheap but it'll be too thick. I don't think you'd be able to install anything after doing the powdercoating.

    I think you are kidna sol man,

    maybe look online for deals, or used stuff comming up for sale here.
  6. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    yeah, they don't even cost $40USD here....
  7. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I've got a control plate you can have, if you will pay the shipping. You don't want to paint your stuff.
  8. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Welcome to Europe
  9. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005

    Europe totally sucks for basses......I cant see any reason(bass wise) to actually live in europe
  10. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    There is an easy way to paint a pickguard. Krylon "fusion" brand spraypaint is made to spray directly on plastic. As far as I know it is the only brand made that way. As for the rest of the stuff, I would suggest slowly aquiring used parts via ebay/talkbass, etc. Check out Carvin while your at it.

    I've been assembling a set of black hardware over time, and I have everything except for black screws and string tree. I have decided just to paint them after screwing them in , since they will scratch when screwing them in anyway.
  11. Bass_Machine


    Oct 29, 2004
    I'm sure you get those strings for cheaper! Have tried using a website to mail order your strings? That's what I do, and it cuts the cost right down.:)
  12. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005


    32 is the cheapest i can find so far, but thats still pretty expensive.....

    as for the assemble slowly from ebay idea, id have to agree with that one, I think it will be far cheaper(found a nice bridge for £12), and it will make me feel less guilty because im spending the money slowly..:D
  13. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa
    To take it in another direction.

    Maybe but the money you would spend to getting something decent in a bass with the features you want.

    Another way to go is to find something decent in a used second hand bass with the majority of the features you want and turn it into a project.
  14. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I bought 100% replacement black hardware for my Warwick, all original Warwick replacements, and it cost £69.15
  15. vometia

    vometia Formerly cbh

    Nov 1, 2003
    Goodfellow, Sei, Wal, Celinder, Jerzy Drozd, ...?
  16. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Thats life in the big city. If its too much, simply dont do it

  17. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Status Graphite and Trace Elliot. Case closed! :D
  18. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    don't forget Hotwire:smug:
  19. -Sam-


    Oct 5, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Or Ritter:hyper:
  20. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Iduno, IMO spraypaint doesnt turn out that bad on a pickguard...primer+spraypaint+clear coat on top.

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