Do you find natural finish ugly?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by et0518, May 21, 2018.

  1. et0518

    et0518 Guest

    Feb 3, 2018
    I have a squier 70s jazz bass with a natural finish and I think it looks kind of unappealing. What do you guys think of natural wood color? (I'm going to sand my bass down and repaint it, maybe black)
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  2. Depends on the wood. Aren’t some squires pine? Natural pine kinda sucks..
  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Whatever you do, it's simply going to look unappealing to you with a black, white or tort pickguard.
    That's why you have to go this way.
  4. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    It all depends on the particular piece of wood. If it’s your bass and you think it is ugly, then it is ugly.
  5. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Wood grain is my favourite, as long as it’s not super glossy.
  6. No.
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  7. I personally find the look of natural woodgrain quite appealing. It would a real shame for you to hide the natural beauty with plain black paint. How generic and blah can it get?
  8. Aside from the grain of the wood it also depends how well matched the pieces are. This kind of look does not appeal to me

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  9. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    8D25204C-130F-4E11-A98D-93091F1D9F83.jpeg Swamp ash.
  10. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
  11. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    nah :) 5442FA07-59CD-4E2E-84B8-63B6581C3F6D.jpeg
  12. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
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  13. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    i always like natural, unless it’s a multi-piece body with a weird (to me) mismatch of grains
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  14. taliesin


    Nov 12, 2007
    Toronto, ON

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  15. McFarlin


    Oct 27, 2011
    Austin, TX
    If you want to go black, instead of painting, consider India ink. I have seen great results with that, and there is a thread about it here: Speedball Black Guitar Finish

    I have seen some folks start with the ink, sand it down, then follow with a color stain. Looked pretty nice, but I guess that would depend a lot on the wood grain.

    If you are DIY, I think the ink would be easier and look better than rattle can.
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  16. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    I prefer natural, because each piece is a unique design.
    If you have a black bass, it’s a black bass. A blue bass is just that.
    (I do make an exception for stain jobs, where you can see the grain pattern thru the color, those are pretty cool, too.)
    If you have a natural bass, however, it’s a one of a kind, unique design... accent that with a cool pickguard and/or nice hardware and you’re good to go!

    Granted, natural Basses with poorly matched pieces can look really crude, but that’s the manufacturers fault, not the woods’....
  17. pellomoco14


    Mar 2, 2017
    Newport, OR
    I agree, wood is already beautiful. Even high gloss sometimes.
    Have you thought about just getting a figured maple or walnut pickguard?
  18. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    On the contrary, I dislike opaque finishes.
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  19. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Like everyone says, it depends on the wood.

    Obviously, exotic woods look great natural or with some sort of translucent color. But on Fender-style basses ash usually looks great (and better than alder, basswood or poplar, in my opinion) especially with a little stain or tung oil on it.

    One add -- natural finishes (especially ash) look great with a rosewood pickguard.
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  20. Chuckdesj


    Jan 11, 2015
    I own only one natural bass but I really like how it looks

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