Fender Musicmaster: Paint, stain, or Let it Be?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Drummerdan, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Paint

  2. Stain

  3. Let it Be

  1. Drummerdan


    May 23, 2018
    Title pretty much says it all. I picked up this cool 78 yesterday for a song. Needs a little TLC but if has good bones. The lacquer/stain job is odd but I kind of like it. Would you alter it? If so, to what? 20200313_135903.jpg 20200313_135741.jpg

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  2. mc900ftj


    Jan 21, 2014
    I'd leave it that way. IMHO: It's got a history, let it tell it. Nice score!
  3. Rooster009


    Feb 27, 2008
    I’d leave it be and just play it. It looks good and you’re unlikely to find another like it.
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  4. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    i kind of dig it...i might shine it up a little...but otherwise let it be
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  5. mc900ftj


    Jan 21, 2014
    Any chance of seeing a full rear shot? (That sounded creepy....sorry.) :D
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  6. Drummerdan


    May 23, 2018


    Coming right up.
  7. Drummerdan


    May 23, 2018
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  8. soflbass


    Mar 2, 2013
    S Florida
    Nice find. I'd leave it as is. Enjoy!
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  9. Drummerdan


    May 23, 2018
    Excellent. Thanks!
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  10. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    The only thing Id recommend you do is come up with a good story about how the finish got that way. Be creative - the stranger the better.
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  11. Personally, I love it.
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  12. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Pretty cool the way it is and it doesn't look horrible. Refins become part of the basses history. I have a '69 Precision the has a Hippie DIY natural finish, it's been this way for decades, I'm leaving it as is. Many of these basses have alder or I think poplar bodies, poplar in particular isn't a good choice for natural finishes. Almost all bodies are multi piece.
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  13. Looks great! I would leave it as it is.
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  14. The only thing I'd do to it is upgrade the pickup. Just put a Seymour Duncan Cool Rails Neck pickup in my cousin's mid-70's Musicmaster. It's now a beast! He plays in an old-school country dance band, and the stock pup wasn't cutting through. No problems now.
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  15. underwhelmist


    Nov 16, 2018
    That is a cool bass, another vote for leaving it as-is from me. Although I might be tempted to clean up the metalwork a bit.

    I did some work on a school Squier Music Master guitar recently, your bass's little brother...
  16. It's already an upgraded pickup. Original Musicmaster Pickups were 6 pole guitar pickups. So this one should already be completely fine.
  17. mc900ftj


    Jan 21, 2014
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  18. AboutSweetSue

    AboutSweetSue Guest

    Sep 29, 2018
    I’d strip and paint it with some Pelham Blue lacquer and satin or gloss. It’s looks pretty good as is so I’d have to see it in person to really decide. But, I do love refinishing.

    Ooo...Sherwood Green.
  19. BigBear77


    Aug 30, 2017
    If anything maybe a nice glossy poly coat
  20. osonu


    Aug 5, 2013
    Las Vegas
    I'd leave it be. You can always change your mind and do something later, but once this is gone, it's gone!
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