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My Fender Mike Dirnt: Relic'd, Mod'd, Stealth'd, and some might say Destroy'd!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bibby, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    But I love it!

    Years ago, this started off as your typical Fender Mike Dirnt P bass, nice and glossy with white pick guard and that classy "tuxedo" look. That didn't last long!

    It stayed like that until I dropped it at an outdoor gig onto the concrete years ago. A sad little hunk of finish wen flying and this bass has gone through the ringer seemingly on an annual basis ever since.

    One thing I never cared for was the lack of body contour. So I did what any reasonable person would do - I cut one in with a sawzall. Next I painted the PG (after carefully taping the edges to keep the white border) for that black on black look. Some time later I turned it into a P/J with a matched Dimarzio set (volume / volume controls only) and replaced the badass with a vintage style bridge.

    It stayed like that for quite a while, but recently I thought I might give it the stealth treatment and rub the glossy out into a matte finish. Once I had it disassembled I though what the hey, let's beat it up and give it a bit of relic....so out came the sandpaper, brillo pads, and shoe polish. But not until I tossed the body around the unfinished basement and back porch for a bit.

    I know this look isn't for everyone, but I am more than pleased the way it turned out! It was also a lot of fun to do as well. Whaddya think?

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  2. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    and a couple more...

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  3. thats really pretty
  4. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    Looks like a Cowpoke!

    I thought it was going to be really beat looking, but that just looks like it's been played.. A lot!
  5. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    Yeah it does have a cowpoke look to it. I didn't want to go to heavy on the relic, just beat it up tastefully....:)
  6. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    That might look cool with a matching head stock...
  7. those are really nice precision bass's probably one the nicest sounding ones next to the laklands ive played to date.
  8. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Looks great. Now just ebonize that board and you'll be done!
  9. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    Both good suggestions for next years mutilation!

    Actually, the rosewood fretboard isn't quite as distinct in regular lighting - the outdoor light seems to accentuate the contrast. Ebonizing would take it to the next level though.....
  10. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    I agree, I have liked most of the ones I have played. Changing the pickups has altered the original sound, obviously, but it still sounds great. The Dimarzio's are darker and louder, and the original Custom '59 was smoother and brighter. I am saving it for some unknown project in the future.
  11. I dig all the mods but if it were me I would play it a bit then strip it down , and paint it olympic white
  12. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude

    Jul 8, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Miss My old dirnt sometimes. They are awesome.
  13. Cool.

    Make the neck matte black, too!
  14. TorontoAlex


    Nov 28, 2011
    I like. I have the same bass, in the same colour. Its all stock other than the strings, I've thought about moding it some but haven't decided what I'd like to do with it. Did you find that cutting out the body contour took any noticeable weight out of it? If there's one thing I'd don't like about mine its the weight. I've never figured out why Dirnt/Fender never did that to begin with.
  15. Some people like heavy basses. Mike Dirnt might prefer such.
  16. Bibby


    Aug 24, 2000
    Adding the body contour didn't make a noticeable difference, but I was fortunate in that my Dirnt is light to begin with, right @ 8.5 lbs. I know these models tend to run heavy, the 2 others I have played were much heavier. So for me the cut was strictly for ergonomic reasons.
  17. Nice work! :)

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