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Cool Paint Job

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Candiria, Sep 29, 2001.

  1. How would i go about getting a cool custom paint job on a bass?Where would i look?
  2. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    Pat Wilkins is incredible. He's done great work for me on several instruments. Pat has been involved in the finish work for PRS, Sadowsky, Schecter, Tom Anderson, etcetera. He is widely regarded by luthiers. I think his website iswww.wilkinsguitars.com or something like that.
  3. a local guitar shop should do it for you, it should cost somewhere around $75 US.
  4. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    From my experience and knowledge it would be a miracle if not impossible to get a quality paint job on an electric bass or guitar for $75.00.
  5. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    True that, JimS - I happen to know a guy who do paint jobs on whatever he is asked to paint, be it engine bonnets, computers, helmets or guitars. But even he, who's only been a professional for 1 year, charges around $200-$300 depending on the size of the project. Of course, where talking CUSTOM paint jobs now, like the one below, and not simple solid colours! http://www.bunnybass.com/pictures/amusing/tigerbass.jpg
  6. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    True. However, unlike motorcycle helmets or motorcycles gas tanks and fenders one has to pay attention to he thinness of the finish in letting the acoustic properties of the wood to not be attenuated. BTW, Pat Wilkins did the swirl psychedelic finish on my Sadowsky strat and refinished my megaquilt PRS Custom 22in tigers eye in conjunction with PRS. It originally was purple which didn't let the show quilt so well.

  7. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    JimS - may I say that the quilt on your PRS is showing REALLY well now. Wow...
  8. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Yeah, I know it's just a thinstringer, but I am very impressed with that finish. As well as the quilt under it, I should add.

    I won't comment on the Strat, though. ;)

    EDIT: Grammar.
  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  10. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Why not do your own mods? Wouldn't that be more personal than having someone else do it for you? If you're not up to the task, I am sure there is an airbrush artist or two in your area that would have the knowledge and ability to do a fine job.

    JimS said, "...one has to pay attention to he thinness of the finish in letting the acoustic properties of the wood to not be attenuated." I don't know how much of a difference a layer of airbrushed paint would make on an instrument's tone -- your Strat's paintjob looks like it would be pretty thick. I do like the PRS though!

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