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How to accelerate the speed to age my bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rogerhe, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. rogerhe


    Feb 24, 2012
    Hey guys:

    I am sure I am not the only one who raise this question, or at least keep this question in my mind.

    I am a fan of relic guitars, and I am playing hard on my bass, by gigging, practising, hope I can have nice scratch, paint crack on the body, and make it looks like road worn model. It has been played for almost two years, still look like a new bass.

    So my question here is, usually how many years we need to stick on one bass, before it can really be called a road worn look bass?

  2. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    i wouldnt worry about it... whats more important is the music you can make from it.
  3. Could just buy a Fender Road Worn bass and not have to worry about it.
  4. rogerhe


    Feb 24, 2012
    Is there anything to do with the body finishing?
  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Many new basses are bullet proof, a bass with thin nitro finish or oil finish will show worn very quickly
  6. Trayster2


    Aug 13, 2012
    Ask Darryl.

  7. CBNJ

    CBNJ Sorry brother.

    Feb 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    IMO, doesn't even come close to a real aged instrument.
  8. I you're really serious about relicing a bass. Get on google and look at a many vintage basses as you can. Study all the common worn areas. Search the web for steps to relic a bass. With the 100's of pics you study and the info you get on relicing,you should have a chance on getting the look you want. Personally, I think it means a whole lot more to add all the abuse as scars to your bass naturally.:)
  9. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    If I was going to fasten something to my bass, I would use double-sided tape. That way, I could remove it later.

    I would stay away from speed and other drugs.
  10. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    that's funny right there.
  11. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Years ago, I hung a bass from the ceiling in a bar we played at. I left it there for six months. The smoke took a toll on the finish but nothing else changed. I paid $40 to have it cleaned and biffed out. Never again. Just play your pbass hard, it will age itself.
  12. Just play, play, play man...
  13. Lend it to a *friend*
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    - Let a bass player in a punk band use it for a year.
    - Don't use a case or a gig bag.
    - Take it to the ocean with you and expose it to sand and salt.
    - Lend it to a day care center for a month.
    - Get out your power tools and sand paper.
    - Leave it out in your back yard exposed to sun and rain.
    - Play it with a large metal pick hard and sloppy.
    - Drop it down the stairs.
    - Go for a walk and drag it behind you.
    - Play it with big drum sticks.
    - Put on some big stickers then remove half the sticker.
    - Play it while wearing a big brass belt buckle.
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Sand paper, dremmel tool, scratchy pad, Lemon oil, Zymol, and lots of elbow grease.

  16. sbpark


    May 26, 2010
  17. You might just have to look at worn basses and try to replicate that yourself, if you really want to.

    Modern poly finishes are pretty hard. I've had my strat for 5 years now, played almost daily, for a long time. Hardly a mark. My Jazz bass is a former rental instrument, probably abused good during that time. Again, not a mark.

    Aging just doesn't come as quickly as it did for the nitro finishes.
  18. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    That's a very tasteful looking relic.
  19. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Man, just when you think you've seen it all on this site.
  20. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    If you're wanting to do a respectable looking relic, your best bet is to first refinish it with nitro, and go thin with the clear coats.