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Now Natural Oil finish MIM Jass - Ugly or Not?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BassMan99, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. BassMan99


    Mar 15, 2006
    I did read posts here that the Fender MIM bodies have ugly wood underneath. I went ahead anyway. I bought a used 2011 MIM Jazz that had a white silver finish. Stripped it. Light Danish Oil finish. Ultralites, and Ultra J pups.
    Its sounds amazing. More responsive than my MIA Jazz - which I love BTW.
    I kind of like how it looks and I think as it ages it will look even better. What do you all think?
    BTW = 8.8 lbs Rockin this one tonight for new years gig!

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  2. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Love it. I've always felt that natural alder has a cool "raw" look to it. Not as pretty as ash, but still looks good.
  3. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    Looks nice, in a sort of blurry, poorly photographed kind of way. :D
  4. Even bland wood can look pretty good under oil. I like it
  5. I think it's kind of cool looking.
  6. BassMan99


    Mar 15, 2006
    lol thx photography not my strong point..... I think it feels different when playing it. Although I made all the changes at once so I cant gauge how just removing the finish may have changed the sound. The MIM neck is very good. I am thinking the graphite bars they put in the MIA necks may somewhat deaden the sound/feel.
  7. I like it
  8. Dig it!
  9. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    How many pieces is the body under the veneer?
  10. BassMan99


    Mar 15, 2006
    pretty sure its 4 pieces of wood with a veneer on the top and bottom. I think they may make them all with the veneer and some are made into Sunburst and others solid colors.
  11. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore? Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    I stripped poly off one of mine and it made the bass much more resonant.
  12. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Looks sweet. Natural + tort is one of my favorite combinations, especially when it gets a little patina on it. Nice job.
  13. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    4 pieces is actually not that bad. 4 doesn't even need a venner, IMO.

  14. BassMan99


    Mar 15, 2006
    maybe a little better photo

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  15. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    The sunburst bodies are gonna have the veneer go up to the edge of the body by the forearm contour. Strange that there's a different type for solid colors.

    The two-tone on your natty finish reminds me of a fancy coffee table bass with an exotic top wood. Highfalutin!
  16. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    I think it looks really nice, man. I think, as previously mentioned, the different colored woods give it kind of a boutiquey kind of a thing.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that whole resonance concept, but it looks good!
  17. Geni758


    Nov 15, 2013
    South Jersey
    I like it. The pick-guard really sets it off.
  18. BassMan99


    Mar 15, 2006
    wow - not a single its UGLY! Thanks everyone and Happy New Year !!
  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I stripped an MIM body a while back and had it not been for the huge knot in the dark wood just above the bevel line and a generally crappy edge on the top veneer I would have left it alone after stripping the poly finish.

    I have since stripped a few more MIM bodies and without being overly harsh, it's little wonder Fender paints their multi piece bodies.

    I've not seen enough MIM bodies stripped to offer an opinion on your odds of having one nice enough to leave natural, but I can say if you strip an MIM with intention of leaving it natural, you might want to have a backup plan for repainting just in case.