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NBD! Pretty happy after a bunch of elbow grease...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Reedt2000, Mar 20, 2021.

  1. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Ordered this last weekend and it got delivered Thursday. I had time to really go over it this morning.

    It looked great in the listing, but when it showed up it needed EVERYTHING. The strings were dead and discolored. The fingerboard and frets were covered in gunk. The back of the neck was coated in gunk (pretty sure it never got cleaned, or the previous owner always ate chicken wings before playing... :D). The neck had a ton of relief and the saddles were bottomed out. The body had a light film of yuck on it. It needed help.


    ...after a small neck shim (there was no shim in there when I got it), a LARGE amount of cleaning, new set of stainless strings, truss rod adjustment, intonation adjustment, and action adjustment...

    ...It's all good :thumbsup:

    I don't think this bass ever got setup or attended to. Thankfully everything works so it took a setup really well. The electronics were all 100% functional from the start.

    Here it is on my bench after all that attention:

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    It's a Ray35 with koa top. I really like the finish and matching headstock. The body is mahogany and it's not too heavy at 9.5 lbs.

    Early impressions are really good. It sounds good though my practice rig (old GK 700RB head through what used to be a Crate 1×15 combo but was gutted and gets used as a cab :smug:). It's pretty warm and full, so the stainless strings are a good fit (I was worried they'd be too clanky).

    I did find a high fret, but I setup around it and the action is still pretty low. I bought this as a backup and a bass for outdoor and questionable situations where I don't want to bring the nicer basses. I have to get it out to some gigs and see how it sounds outta my Markbass combo and in the mix. If that checks out I'll address the fret level and probably swap out the tuning machines (which work but are kinda meh), maybe a new pickguard too.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2021
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Best grease for a bass? Elbow grease - no contest.
  3. Heavy Blue

    Heavy Blue

    Nov 11, 2017
    Prairie Canada
    Sweet bass after your efforts. Nice score!:thumbsup:
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  4. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Finally got to play this one with a band and it sounds great in the mix! It cut through really nice but still has good low end response (OK, I'm sure any SR owner reading this just said "well duh" :smug:). It's definitely a keeper :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2021
  5. PaulReside


    Mar 14, 2016
    Scottsdale Az
    Picks of the gunk or it never happened
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  6. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Very nice! It's amazing what a little maintenance can do huh?
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  7. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I didn't take pics when I unboxed it. Everything was functional and I couldn't return it if I wanted to, so I just got to cleaning. It definitely seemed dirtier than in the listing pictures:


    I think it was sold by a small music shop so maybe it was displayed and people played it. Don't matter now, it's MUCH better :D
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2021
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  8. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I used this cloth to clean the fingerboard :smug::

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  9. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Don't throw that cloth away! It's chock full of "mojo"!
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  10. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Hideous! :smug:
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  11. Drog


    Feb 3, 2020
    You put a lot of work into her but looks like it has paid off. Looks great! Enjoy
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  12. PaulReside


    Mar 14, 2016
    Scottsdale Az
    It is a real beauty, your work paid off.
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  13. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Did you get it on the cheap?
  14. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Not really on the cheap, I paid $600 for it which I think is fair
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  15. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Congrats. Nice looking bass.
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  16. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    i would name it chicken wings. i've seen techs tap high frets lightly with a hammer.
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