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How are basses aged??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bobbykokinos, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Just curious, seeing the "dent & scratch" thread, how are relic basses aged?? How do they add years of wear and tear on basses that are brand new??
  2. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Lots of buffing to wear down the finish, and in Fender's case, baking the plastic bits in an oven with UV rays to accelerate aging.
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Some of it is low tech, just like you'd think...other parts take a lot of work...I have an instrument that is done very well, and there other tricks used...build up of clearcoat with the proper yellowing, but only in certain areas...

    Weather checking is done by 'freezing' the finish with compressed gas (there are a few ways to do this)

    I've done hardware before, and used several different acids for the wear.

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