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NBD - Free Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Volker Kirstein, Apr 7, 2020.


  1. Standalone

    Standalone

    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    I recommend installing tuners with a body-ward downward angle like an SR. Interesting bass.

    I work on old rusty bicycles and second the vinegar recommendation. Let that dry and then try the WD40 and PB blaster etc.
     
  2. Cant beat free.
     
  3. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Own it, VK!
     
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  4. TrevorG

    TrevorG

    Nov 30, 2012
    U.K.
    Keep the pictures coming. This thread’s like Netflix!
     
  5. Dude, I’m jealous. That’s a perfect pandemic project! I got a free bass from a buddy once, but the neck was crooked as a Tennessee turnpike, so I sold it a garage sale. But I love getting old, tired stuff and fixing it and cleaning it up.
     
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  6. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    That fingerboard!
    I swear!
    Some guys are just itchin' for a staph infection or a virus!
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2020
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  7. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    I disassembled the body and neck, and roughed up the body with 1200 grit.
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    The parallel waves are artifacts from the factory finish, I think. Anyway, I couldn't pop out the ferrules, so they're getting painted over.

    First spray.
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    Rookie mistake! I tried to cover the black on the first round, and got runs. Then wiped it. Which means a lot more sanding and smoothing. Blä. My own fault for being impatient.

    Anyway, I dabbed on the headstock with Sharpie again. The wood soaks up the ink, and I may have to do it several times.
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  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    PS - Sanding out the runs was much faster and easier than expected, so a 2nd coat was applied. It already looks much better.
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  9. hypercarrots

    hypercarrots

    Jan 28, 2009
    los angeles
    maybe black nail polish?
     
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  10. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    *smacks own forehead*
    Doh!

    Excellent suggestion.
     
  11. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    I started on the back today. I learned from yesterday's mistake, and am not trying to cover all the black on the first coat. This is going a lot quicker than I thought it would.
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    Pfeffernuss is also going to stop at the drug store today, to see about black nail polish, in leau of Sharpie, for covering the tiny headstock dings.
     
  12. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Looks great!
     
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  13. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    you might be able to use an old hex key to knock out the ferrules from the top side. if you can put a slice into that stripped screw head on the t.r.c., it might help to get that off. oh by the way...matching headstock?
     
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  14. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    I tried that hex key trick last night, tapping with a hammer. They didn't budge. So I'll have green ferrules. No huhu.

    I'm going to leave the neck and headstock black. Black tuners are on order. Black soapbars for the pickups. I suspect the two tone green/black w/chrome highlights (bridge/knobs) is going to look pretty cool.
     
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  15. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    you could paint the neck screw heads green. or black. for fun. :cool:
     
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  16. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi Volker :)

    Funny project! :thumbsup:

    Yep! Laubfrosch on steroids! :D Maybe get a "Kermit" logo for the headstock! :thumbsup:


    greetings

    Wise
     
  17. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Ooooh so you are going to change the pickup routes to soap bar. Nice! Good luck
     
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  18. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I love a great bass redemption story. Press on!
     
  19. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Why didn't you do the routing before the painting?
     
  20. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    The initial coat is dry enough to mock up and see how the color scheme is actually going to look.
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    I must say, it looks even better than I imagined it would!

    I also used black nail polish to touch up the headstock and neck rise in a more permanent manner.
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