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Gold/Silver Leaf on a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FireBug, Dec 4, 2005.


  1. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    Has anyone ever seen a bass with gold and/or silver leaf on it? I think it would be neat to have some sort of crazy gold and silver leaf pattern underneath a layer of poly...kind of like what they used to do with choppers.
     
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Nope, but I was thinking about having a friend do it. She's working a lot with gold and silver leaf lately so I'm thinking about having her do it. I think it'd be really sexy if used right.
     
  3. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    What part of the bass would you have it done on? I think it would be cool to have a top with it on there. Is this a bass that is unfinished?
     
  4. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Nope, I was thinking about doing it over a black finish, then a clearcoat on top. Haven't put too much consideration, and it's always on the back burner.

    But probably on the body.
     
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
  6. same.
     
  7. Ibanez made a very limited number of RG guitars that were all gold (it was gold leaf, but just all over)

    Was very expensive and looked horrible tbh
     
  8. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    Well I know it's not what you were thinking but I am putting gold, silver, and bronze leaf one the headstock of the bass I'm currently building. I'll post pics when I'm done. I'm at the painting stage now.
     
  9. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    Sounds cool. About how long will it take to finish your bass? Is the leaf hard to work with? Also, how much does it cost?
     
  10. hello , if you buy real gold & silver leaf it can be exspensive but ali leaf is very cheap and looks the same silver and dutch gold (brass leaf) is cheap as well and looks very good.
     
  11. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Pagelli did a gold leaf bass, I think.
     
  12. That's wierd, because I don't...here's a pic:
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  13. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Michigan
    Wow. Not what I was picturing at all.
     
  14. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    A friend of mine built an acoustic baritone guitar and the whole inside was lined with gold leaf!
     
  15. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Whoa! I was expecting to hate whatever that link brought up, but figured I'd never know since I got the "violation" notice as well, but that thing's pretty damn hot! What kind of finish is over it? I love the flat-topped knobs with it, and simple Musicmaster-ish bridge. The pearloid and gold really work well together. The patterns in the leaf remind me of the Ibanez "Noodles" signature Talman series that was covered in duct tape.
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  16. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    Way cool. I would love to see a gold and silver mix.
     
  17. BlacktotheBlind

    BlacktotheBlind Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Indianapolis
    gold/silver leaf pinstripes following a basses curvature would look sweet.
     
  18. brothernewt

    brothernewt Some people call me the stormtrooper of love...

    Apr 13, 2004
    Happyrock, OR
  19. Worshiper

    Worshiper

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    In theory, I'll be finished in a week. but in reality, I have finals comming up so more like a month.

    The proce varies depending on quality. You can get like 5 ft squared (it comes in tiny squares) 14K for like $30 or $40, and it's really not hard to work with. You just have to hold your breath when you're around it. Breathing on it will send it into orbit because it is so light.