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Marcus Miller Gets Naked

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wiscoaster, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    I wanted to aquire a Sire "Marcus Miller" U5 short-scale bass in Tobacco Sunburst finish. There being none available in the entire U.S. I opted for what I could get: the Mint Green finish. Upon arrival I found this color to be even more nauseating than the online stock photos. What to do? Repaint or strip and refinish? Hoping for some nice wood underneath I stripped and was rewarded with some nicely grained wood with some interesting figuring through one of the panels. Stained with Minwax Gunstock and four or five coats of tung oil I think it came out pretty nice, though if I were to do it over I'd probably go with Tru-Oil for a glossier sheen:


    This was my first woodworking project with a guitar body as the subject and it was so much fun and turned out so well I'm thinking of doing one of those DIY kits; so if any of you guys have any suggestions about the best kits, please post them!! :)
  2. bass12

    bass12 A very hungry caterpillar Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Looks great! Now there’s just the headstock... :D
  3. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    Ya, I debated that and decided to keep it for the logo and the original color. Makes it kind of "unique", no? :laugh:
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    You guys took a wrong turn in Albequerque...this is the DB side of TB.
  5. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Port Deposit, MD
    It looks like a nice slab though...
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Have you tried it with Gensslers or Chordas?
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  7. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    Oh, sorry, you're right. Forum noob here. I'll see if I can find a mod online to move it. Thanks for the heads up. :thumbsup:
  8. I sent a report to a mod so this is moved up there.
  9. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    That headstock would look better stripped. The body came out nice .
    Amano, 20GLJazz, Bozzy and 5 others like this.
  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nice job on the body.
    Dr. Cheese likes this.
  11. Vitamin D

    Vitamin D

    Jan 29, 2021
    Just really glad the thread title refers to a bass.
    12BitSlab, Outtaseezun, Beej and 2 others like this.
  12. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Love this, really love it. Leave the headstock, too.
  13. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    If you can't save just the logo, keep the headstock
    zie likes this.
  14. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Seafoam Green headstocks will soon be the new '59 Burst!

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  15. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    Ha ha!! I hear ya!! This particular "Mint Green" was a little too in my face for my advanced age. ;)

    But I did want to keep the logo, so it doesn't come across as a 100% home-brew effort. Refinishing the headstock would have destroyed it.

    I put some D'Adarrio light-weight flat-wounds on it and with that slim neck and polished frets it plays - and sounds - real nice!! Incredible for this price point how nice that neck is. They put some real detail effort into it.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2021
  16. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Have you tried contacting he manufacturer? You might be able to get them to send you/sell you a new decal???

  17. Chain_Lightning


    Sep 8, 2014
    wow holy s**, I normally leave bass guitars in same original condition , but you have bought the inner beauty out of that Bass! leave the headstock as is. enjoy it Best of Luck!
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  18. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    Great idea!! I confess I didn't even think of that. :thumbsup:
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  19. Not a finish scheme I would have thought of :)

    You could make a new decal and include the model name "naked"
    Lenny JG likes this.
  20. asparaguspee


    Sep 10, 2020
    The body looks awesome! Nice job.
    That headstock does not go with it though. I would try to match them, and as someone said, see if you can get some new stickers from Sire.

    I've got a mint green U5 as well. What a great bass they are, especially considering the price.
    wiscoaster likes this.
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