Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by lemonadeisgood, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. lemonadeisgood

    lemonadeisgood Guest

    Aug 22, 2001
    Is there any way to slightly discolor the neck and headstock on a new MIM P-bass so it looks like the older ones???

    I love that look. It looks almost orange. And I hate the way the new ones look.
  2. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    get some minwax stain and paint 'er up! :D
  3. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Umm play it all day everyday for years then you'll get that look!!! :rolleyes:


  4. lemonadeisgood

    lemonadeisgood Guest

    Aug 22, 2001
    ~homer voice on~

    A couple years!?!?! But I want it now!!!!

    ~homer voice off~

    The thing about the minwax stain is that wouldnt it eventually rub off because of the clear coat on the neck??
  5. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    then sand it!!

    do I have to figure everything out myself? :D
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Leave it outside in the rain for 2 weeks. Then bury it in your backyard for 1 week. Then soak it in your bath for 2 days.

    If it doesn't look old by then, nothing else will do it.

    ;) :D

    Disclaimer: No responsibility will be taken for people who take this post seriously... :rolleyes:
  7. merlin

    merlin Guest

    Speaking of which... when are u gonna stop posting sooo much! i mean you're gonna over take me soon and its taken me a year of spamming!

    Not Happy JAN!


  8. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    As my Daddy used to say, "You ain't just a whistlin' Dixie!" ;)

    He's averaging almost 26 posts a day! Yowzah!!

    Bass Guitar -- How do you ever find time to play your instrument?
  9. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I have read some guitar repair articles where luthiers have used colored markers to match-up new repairs on vintage instruments. You may want to check out websites like for more info.
  10. lemonadeisgood

    lemonadeisgood Guest

    Aug 22, 2001
    I guess there isnt any way to do it with out refinishing the whole neck. I'm not gonna do something that advanced.

    I guess i'm gonna leave it the way it is. :(
  11. It IS possible to get the look you want but it's gonna sound strange and my suggestion (as far as I know) has never been tried. But, here goes:

    The deep coloration, orange, gold, or brown, comes directly from aging and exposure to smoke. Now, you can't do anything about the aging but you can accelerate the smoke staining by doing just that - smoke the neck!! Yep, it's easy if you can keep it lit! ;) But seriously, if you were to remove the neck and put it in a large enough enclosure to allow you to build a SMALL, smoky fire that wouldn't get very hot, you could really get your neck to darken like you want. I've got to emphasize that heat is NOT the solution. Your smoke should be as cool as you can make it. If you could maintain it at about 100º or less, that would be perfect. It should only take about 3 or 4 hours in this atmosphere to get a nice deep color. You will have to thoroughly clean your neck after this because it will pick up build up from the smoke but the color in the finish will stay.

    I don't know if this will work and I'm not going to take any responsibility if it doesn't but, if I were desiring of this type of alteration, I would cautously try it and see what happens. YMMV