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Howto Customise my RBX774

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by x4x, May 10, 2003.

  1. x4x


    May 10, 2003

    I have a silver RBX774 Yamaha bass, but i'm dead tired of the color.

    It has an adler body. So my idea is, to get rid of the silver paint and obtain the natural color of the wood.

    BUT i have a few questions since i am rather a newbe in customizing:

    * Is adler a nice wood to use for natural finish?
    * What should i use to finish the wood? Varnish (is this spelled right?)
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    -Alder (note spelling) is a plain wood. It has a light to nearly no grain. To see what it looks like, you could look at some Fender sunbursts- they are either alder (if you see little grain) or swamp ash (if you see heavy grain lines).

    -How suitable your bass would be for refinishing with a natural or tansparent finish is largely dependent on

    --how many pieces of wood make up the body, and where the joints are
    --whether there are defects such as knotholes which have been filled before painting
    --how the grain looks, and how the grain in the body pieces work together

    all of which you won't find out until you strip it. Ditto for the headstock.

    -As for finishing supplies and methods, do a search in this forum and in the Luthier's Corner forum on "refinish". You will find a lot that has already been written.

    -Finally, welcome to TB!