Fender Fotoflame

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by seanm, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    My Fender Fotoflame P bass has had serious cracks in the finish for years. I only use it for practice, so I didn't care. But recently large patches have come loose. So, given how well it worked taking the finish off my other P bass, I decided to make the fotoflame a pandemic project.

    I always new the fotoflame was a film over the wood, what I didn't know was that the fotoflame is actually a second piece of wood. I assumed the line on the side was where the film ended.

    Here is pic:


    The wood on top looks quite different than the wood underneath. Which is sad because I really liked how the bottom wood looked.
  2. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    If I were a betting person, knowing a bit about Fender’s history of not throwing anything out, I’d place a bet that the bodies used for Fotoflame instruments were likely selected form normal production - the ugliest wood blanks probably ended up in those instruments, with the ugly side as the front, because it would be hidden under the picture of nice wood.
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  3. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Hamburglar on the neck?
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  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Agreed. It looks like there are tracks from a boring insect on the top of the wood. I tried to take a picture, but it really doesn't show up that well.

    Hambuglar on the neck :D I am not touching the neck. This is the best neck I have ever played on. I don't want to mess with it.
  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    check your neck to see if it has this-

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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Ooh. That made me grimace.
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