Do you guys think I am crazy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gary mitchell, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. 1505239_10152947531304276_7147329577901872391_n.jpg I have a Fender aka(cowpoke) bass 1996 model. Its in pretty nice condition, I would say maybe a 8 1/2 to 9 out of 10. Everything works on it with out any issues and its black. They don't have a big resale value I have heard, but I do like the bass a lot.. Anyway to get back to the crazy, I have a friend who is a amazing Luthier. We were talking and thought it would be cool to repaint it. Maybe a Salmon or a coral color with matching headstock. He also he could put the original looking Fender logo on the headstock. Do you guys think this would look cool, or is it just me and my dumb brain. And it would have black hardware on it.
  2. Locky66


    Mar 1, 2014
    West Michigan
    Dont think your crazy. If you don't like it then redo to something different.
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  3. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I don't know if the Cowpoke will ever be collectible. I just wouldn't mod one based on availability. They aren't all that common.

    My rule is: never mod a U.S. or Ensenada Fender.
  4. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

    Yes, go for it. Then post some pics. :)

    Wait.. what's a cowpoke bass?

    Found it. A bit like my 60th P in looks but with a Jazz pup.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2015
  5. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I always assumed it's a bass made from leftover parts from the previous Precision Plus Deluxe Series, with some Standard hardware.
  6. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I haven't read any of the posts, I just got a feeling, I think you're crazy.
  7. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Can't wait to see it wearing it's new color! :D
  8. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Unlikely that the bass will be highly collectible, but I agree with ODB.
  9. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    Based on the available information neither myself, nor the voices in my head think you are crazy...
  10. I'm mainly one for keeping things standard, but that's just me as a player.

    If you want something salmon/Fiesta red, why not get a Road Worn Precision/Jazz?
  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Personally, I sincerely believe everyone's crazy, it's the ones who pretend they aren't that you really have to watch out for! There is no "normal". :D
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  12. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Sorry... I got distracted texting my BFF's.

    What was your question?

    Don't do a refin on a bass that's 8-1/2 or 9 out of 10.

    If it were thrashed - different story.
  13. ReneB


    Dec 6, 2014
    Ithaca, NY
    I don't think you're any crazier than the rest of us.

    As for the bass and modding it, I say go for it. Given that your friend is knowledgeable and experienced, the worst that can happen is you don't like how it turns out so you can just redo it. Of course that sets aside any effect on any monetary value as a collectible or as stock bass, but that's a whole different issue.
  14. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I'd go for it.
  15. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    +1, also if it DOES become collectible at a later date you will have screwed that up.
  16. Jake72


    Jul 26, 2014
    Maple Valley, WA
    If you can get a professional finish on it, do it! it's not like you're hitting it with a krylon rattle-can....
  17. I've had two Cowpokes in my days. One of them my lil brother has. I hated the electronics so I replaced them with Seymour Duncan Hots. Just a volume for each pickup. His is black and I will probably end up buying it back from him own day.
    I always wanted to get a different color pickguard. I would love to see a nice vibrant red tortoise shell pickguard on that bass.
    If you want to change the color, I say go for it. It will ruin the monetary value but at the same time it would increase the value as well. I don't know if that makes sense but I feel like it does.
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    And I have a feeling the price will go up on them. I remember when 1970s Fenders were considered junk.
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  19. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    The famous hippie refin. I did my '65 Jazz like that back around 1970. Could have been me in that pic. Cowpokes are cool, but better a cowpoke than a '65. ;)
  20. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.

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