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NBD - Project, Lots of Photos

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basso54, Jun 9, 2012.


  1. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Well I finally finished my Parts J-bass. I refinished it flat black and I'm really happy with the results, just thought I'd give you a little photo album of the process. Not horribly detailed, but just some of the things that I had to do.

    It all started with this. The body was supposedly an Ash Japanese made J-bass.
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    Little paint removal reveals a ply body with a veneer top.
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    Definitely a lot of dings I had to repair, but the neck pocket was the worst.
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  2. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Drill, glue in dowel rod, sand, repeat. Also, the neck pocket was too deep for a Fender neck, so I patched in a piece of Alder to the neck pocket to raise it to the appropriate height. Previous owner(s) had a piece of plywood in there for the same purpose, which I promptly removed.

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  3. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    After all the holes were filled, body sanded to 320-grit, I applied 2 coats of sanding sealer with 220 then 320 block sanding in between.

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  4. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Flat Black was Rustoleum 2X. I used an entire can for the body. 5 coats or so. Rubbed it smooth with 00 steel wool after it cured for 48 hours then applied Rustoleum 2x Matte Clear. Turned out pretty good, definitely want a Fender PJ to go along with this one same color scheme, etc.

    Full Specs: Mighty Mite Jazz Neck (Satin Finish), Dimarzio Ultra Jazz Pickups, John East J-Retro, Babicz Full Contact Hardware Bridge, Hipshot HB-1s with a BT-1 detuner, Schaller Straplocks, and DR Black Beauties.

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  5. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    That's pretty sexy!
     
  6. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Le BUT!!!

    Diggin' it. Especially the pickup covers. :bassist:
     
  7. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Thanks Guys!!!
     
  8. jbossolo

    jbossolo

    Sep 22, 2011
    Stunning! Enjoy!
     
  9. Great looking bass
     
  10. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    It sounds friggin awesome!!! Just got setup done on it and it is a monster player. I think my Geddy Lee might be getting mothballed with the way this one plays.
     
  11. Wow , that looks great-love that its guardless
     
  12. Basso54

    Basso54

    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Lukas, you might say that I have a thing against pickguards...

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  13. haha you could say that! I too like a bass guardless if possible.
     
  14. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Nice work! Cool looking bass.
     
  15. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    Great work sir!
     
  16. Baron Von Vik

    Baron Von Vik

    Jun 11, 2010
    Somewhere in Arizona
    Mojo FunkBasses
    Nice! Well done
     

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