NBD! 1976 fender precision. lots of mojo. to refinish or not to refinish? (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gadela, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    hey all, just picked up this '76 fender precision bass from guitar center.

    it's very beat up and modded by the previous owner, and i'm trying to decide if i like the finish or not. i may be interested in refinishing it to an original 1976 color sceheme... but i'm not decided on it yet. it's got lots of honest, natural wear & tear!

    what do you guys think? to refin or not to refin?












    original pickguard?
    this photo shows that there's alot of mojo on this bass.
    heres a pic of the battery routing. so clean compared to the rest of the finish!
  2. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    since its already a refin I would say yes if that's what floats your boat. it's sorta cool looking but I'm pickin up what your puttin' down about A more authentic period correct finish.
  3. I wouldn't change a single thing except to drop a SD 1/4 lb in there
  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    That grain pattern is nothing special so I'd have no problem painting it over with a solid color. But then I'm not big on natural finishes to begin with.

    Don't lay a finger on the neck or headstock, though. Those are gorgeous as-is.
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Here's a couple of pics of my '76, if you're interested:




  6. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    It looks very cool the way it is, methinks.
  7. octaverazor


    Jun 3, 2009
    Houma, LA
    Leave it.
  8. I love it the way it is. Get a new pickguard and upgrade whatever hardware needs replacing, but the stripped finish looks great.
  9. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    I say refin. Not natural though...

    With the mods already in place, it's not like you are "ruining" a perfect example of a '76.

    Translucent blonde with a tort guard would be awwwwesome!
  10. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    depending on who did that refin you may need to grain fill it before refinishing it. if you can feel texture in the existing grain it will need to be filled to get a smooth finish. ash is a tricky wood for that reason.
  11. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    thanks all... keep the opinions and photos comin.
    does anyone have hi-quality photos of an original 70's mocha or chocolate brown finish?
  12. gadela


    Apr 6, 2012
    did all '76 basses have silver knobs?
    or did any have black knobs like mine?
  13. BowserBass


    Jan 18, 2012
    looks great to me just the way it is...
  14. Jazzcat


    Jan 20, 2009
    Titusville, FL
    Tough call. The body mojo is pretty cool.

    Personally I am not a fan of a walnut stain on light wood, so I would lean toward refinishing.

    Here's a restoration I did on a 73 that came to me with a crappy refin, crappy in a bad way.

  15. It depends. What kind of look/vibe are you after? This one definitely nails the Honky-Tonk/Smokey ol' Barroom feel. I'm a "pretty bass" guy, and if this was just a beat-up paint job I'd vote refin. But I'd be tempted to keep this one as is; maybe just sanitize it and call it good.

    [edit] Yeah, it's ugly, but in a good (?) way.
  16. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    I vote you keep the finish as it is. I think it looks good and worn, like a real working man's bass. I'd spend my money on changing it to a passive bass though, that battery will be a serious pain to change out mid-gig.
  17. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    I like it as-is, but as mentioned, what are you looking for? I would never re-fin an old bass as I don't like "new" basses. If you want it shiny and new or older beat up, its up to you.
    If you re-finish the body, will the "old" neck look good on a "new" body?
    I love the look of it!
  18. Olympic White with a red torty scratchplate
    could be nice.
  19. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Not if he sends it here:
    MJT Custom Aged Guitar Finishes Photo Gallery

    Mark does some really nice work...as does Dan of DANOCASTER VINTAGE REPLICAS, but I don't know if Dan does work on stuff other than his own builds - really authentic looking :bassist:
  20. Hell no!! Throw some black hardware on that thing!!