Olympic white... Will it age under poly?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassed123, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Bassed123


    Jun 5, 2021
    Simple story. Getting a jazz bass, stuck between Olympic White and 3TS. If Oly ages into a more yellow hue even with the poly finish, it's a no brainer, as im not super impressed with the modern sunbursts. Nothing beats a yellowed olympic white jazz with super dark fretboard!
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  2. Unless you can find lots smoking bars to play in, expect to be happy in 40 years :laugh:
  3. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Modern poly clearcoats still do age down...so yeah. If you want this look, make sure it's getting some UV exposure out of the case.
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  4. Mosstone


    Jun 20, 2009
    Polyurethane has UV resistive properties. That's part of the reason why the automotive industry switched from nitro to poly in the '50s. The color may change a little over time, but it will never develop the amber patina of nitro.
  5. Bassed123


    Jun 5, 2021
    Thats unfortunate. The modern colours arent exactly eye candy. Ill have to keep pondering. Maybe i should go with the sunburst after all. I hope the rosewood atleast is nice and dark.
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  6. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I wonder what would happen if you stuck the bass’ body in a smoker usually intended for meat ... not that I’m recommending you actually do that.
  7. I'd still rather have new Olympic white than 3TS.
  8. Bassed123


    Jun 5, 2021
    Tbh kinda me too. Have you seen any Am Pro II rosewood necks? Ive seen only one and if wasnt super dark. Maybe oiling and time will darken it?
  9. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx

    This was Olympic White when I bought it.
  10. Might come out tender and tasty!
  11. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Get yourself some "Mohawk Fingerboard Oil" if there is an issue with your rosewood being too light. Follow the directions precisely and dispose of any rags or paper towels you use outside in a fireproof container. My only complaint about it is that now (as I had reason to expect as I've used it before) my fingerboards look far more black than anything else. They were dark before; now they're much darker.

    Which is fine for my fretlesses. It is not a dye; it's a linseed oil with a penetrant.

    It even makes that Indian laurel stuff they use on Squiers look good.

    Yeah, and that's old-school poly. My brother has a strat like that from the 80s.
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  12. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    That's a 75.
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  13. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Yes, I know, and a damn nice looking one too.
  14. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    White not get the American Original in white blond or sunburst. Those have nitro finish. But not sure what kind of poly plastic whatever is under the nitro. It may not age either
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  15. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    I have a 97 MIA P bass with a poly finish in solid white that is a nice faint ivory now.
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  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Bake it a few days a week in the Texas sun. You’ll get there inna New York minute.
  17. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008

    I’ve always kept my MIA Jazz in sunlit rooms, and it has a nice creamy hue to it now. It’s not yellow by any stretch of the imagination, but it has definitely yellowed.
  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I have one of the last AmStd Jazz Vs with many AmPro-like features like the new bridge and tuners. The rosewood board is quite dark, looks way better than the pale pau ferro that Fender had been using on fivers for years. Could it be dyed? Mine is white but it's called Arctic White.
  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Tooth extraction is preferable to 3TB. :D
  20. Ihaveshingles

    Ihaveshingles Guest

    Dec 24, 2018
    I totally recommend you do that