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Fender Alder body as natural look

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bass.strings, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. bass.strings


    Jan 29, 2010
    Thinking about stripping my red Fender Jazz to give it the natural look cause I like natural. Just unsure how the alder body would look. Anyone have any ideas? ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392871583.495496.
  2. sjeverett


    May 10, 2013
    I stripped my alder body strat this summer. Came out really well. My son immediately asked if I would trade guitars with him.
  3. bass.strings


    Jan 29, 2010
    Cool, do you have a pic of it?
  4. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Dunno. Alder isn't the prettiest wood out there. Your's could be appealing..but I wouldn't risk it.
  5. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups, Westone Audio
  6. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    If you're not happy with the current finish, you could just strip it, and if you're not happy with how it looks au natural, repaint it a colour you like better.
  7. bass.strings


    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks guys! Do you think it would change the tone any?
  8. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Endorsing Artist: Regenerate Guitar Works, Honey Badger Pickups, Westone Audio
    Certainly not for the worse. It may open it up a bit more, but that really depends on how thick the current finish is. I personally like thin finishes.
  9. There could be a reason why your Fender is painted a solid color, the wood could be really mismatched and made from very different grain patterns underneath there. For the amount of elbow grease and the possibility of a nasty surprise, I would just get a replacement body from Mighty Mite or if you can afford it Warmoth.

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  10. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    This was my initial thought too. It's pretty much a roll of the dice. Could be beautiful, could be hideously mismatched.
  11. sjeverett


    May 10, 2013
    I dont have a pic and my son leaves the guitar in the band hall. He takes a guitar class and its easier to leave his axe and amp at school and use one of our other guitars to practice at home.
  12. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    This is fairly likely. Stripping a solid color is a crapshoot, and you may have ugly wood underneath.

    Of course, you can always re-paint it another solid color.
  13. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Given the rarity of decent looking wood of all types these days, I'd bet Fender culls any good looking bodies for trans/burst finishes.
  14. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    If it is a "select alder" body, they prolly match. Mine is a 3TB USA P Deluxe and the grains match.

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  15. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I like mine! Got lotsa mojo, but that's the beauty of it!

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  16. bass.strings


    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks guys! It's a roll of the dice.
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Alder can be a bit bland looking, but its by no stretch an ugly wood. I have seen some curly alder that was absolutely stunning. That being said, with a solid color, when stripping chances are you will find a 3 (or more) piece body, probably with a veneer on the top that has a real chance of looking horrible. As said earlier, your best bet would be to buy a natural finished MightyMite body that you know will look good, and save yourself the work and possible heartache of stripping your current body.