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Is is necessary???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ScottTunes, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. ScottTunes


    Feb 7, 2011
    I have a Rickenbacker 4001v63 MG that will be scarred for life do to previous owner's hacking... So I've decided to paint it... I'm leaning toward a dark blue pearl metallic, or better yet, if I can find it, a dark purple metallic (more toward the blue-ish side of purple)...

    Should I paint the neck and headstock to match the body?? Or can I just paint the body??

    What say you??????
  2. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Headstock definitely... probably don't need to paint the neck...
  3. I would vote for painting the back of the neck and headstock for continuity's sake, but don't paint the fretboard.
  4. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Oh no not the neck.
  5. ScottTunes


    Feb 7, 2011
    Hahaha!!! Wow! I didn't want to because it's quite a bit of extra work (just being lazy)...

    Why do you say that???
  6. ScottTunes


    Feb 7, 2011
    Since this is also typical of RIC, I was thinking the same thing...

    I'm a bit fussy, AND a bit lazy, and thought I'd ask for a consensus...

  7. MycooLeeyun

    MycooLeeyun Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wouldn't touch the neck with paint. I've never seen a neck that was painted, it usually just has a nice finish on it to ensure maximum playability. I would think that putting a coat of paint over the neck would potentially affect the playability of your bass. Body and headstock would be a good combo..
  8. I think most ric's have painted necks. I don't own one, but my reiverhead also has a painted neck and it feels normal.
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Before you do anything, post some photos of it in its current condition.

  10. ScottTunes


    Feb 7, 2011

    Don't have any with it stripped of hardware.

    Will post some soon...
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I think you're nuts if you paint that.
  12. jaxom


    Aug 31, 2008
    New Castle, PA
    I would leave it as is...
  13. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    It looks badass as it is. What's the issue?
  14. Johnny DeVille

    Johnny DeVille

    Feb 18, 2012
    unless you have painted several and know what you are getting into and how to conquer all the tricks.....

    Don't do it.

    I did long ago and still regret it.
  15. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Is is quite necessary. I can scarcely imagine how we could communicate without is.
  16. Leave it as it is. It looks cool
  17. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    If you haven't gained a proficiency painting Rics from past projects then find someone who has to do the job. If it's your first project, and you're serious, throw the whole guitar out now. Better yet, take it camping and use it to start the campfire. You'll get more value out of the bass that way and it won't be as embarassing.
  18. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Seriously, it's just a Rickenbacker. It's not a sacred relic. It's just some wood, metal, and plastic. Paint it if you don't like it. Paint can always be taken back off if you don't like it.
  19. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'm not a "Ric person" and I can't tell much from the pic, except that the back pickup has been replaced (looks like another front pickup installed).

    But, from what I see, I'd leave it as is. I actually like the Mapleglo. Instead, if you don't like the bass as modded, I'd spend the money on replacing the horseshoe pickup and mount to get it back to a more original sound.

    I do like the pickguard though.

    In the end it's your bass, but unless you're going to send it off to Pat Wilkins, or some other specialist, I'd leave it natural.

    Best of luck with the project,