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SOLD One piece African Mahogany Precision Body French Polishing Finish

Discussion in 'For Sale: Parts, Strings, and Accessories' started by Laurent, Feb 14, 2016.


  1. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Price:
    225
    Location:
    California
    IMG_7739.JPG IMG_7741.JPG IMG_7745.JPG IMG_7750.JPG IMG_7751.JPG IMG_7762.JPG IMG_7764.JPG IMG_7767.JPG IMG_7768.JPG IMG_7769.JPG IMG_7770.JPG One piece African Mahogany Body French Polishing Finish

    Before bidding please research what a French Polishing finish is. In a nutshell it is a time consuming super thin hand applied finish used on high price classical instruments (cello, violins...) and classical guitar. The finish is entirely natural and non toxic. Great finish for people with allergies. Wood bowls can be finish with this because it's food safe. French Finishing is shellac mixed with alcohol (Everclear in this instance) and a little olive oil. The good part: it's the thinnest finish available so it preserve all the tone and vibrancy of the wood. I often read all body woods sound the same, which is partly true of the body had been spayed in Fullerplast the covered with a thick finish. The bad part: it is not super resistant and will dissolve with alcohol. No commercial luthier does this for electric instrument because the technique is difficult to master and it's slow to apply: you do one coat to two coat per day and cure time is long.

    Body specs:
    5.6 LBS. Awesome ribbon Grain pattern - rare and perfect wood, free of knots or imperfections.
    One Piece African Mahogany Precision Style Bass Body.
    As shown it is drilled for a Standard 5 mount hole 4 string Fender Bridge.
    Pickup route is Standard 5/8" deep. As is the neck route. Snug fit.
    Neck Holes and wiring holes drilled.
    1-3/4" thick
    The body will accommodate a US Fender pickguard (13 holes) and a five screw Fender retro style bridge.
    The neck pocket is very tight is will accommodate a US or Mexican precision or jazz neck.
    Great tap tone, this body sounds warm and yields tons of bass, it's also capable of crisp highs.
    It's really tonally balanced. I like it paired with a Lollar Overwound P pickup and an ebony fretboard maple neck. I prefer one piece bodies; glue had no tonal qualities.

    Finish specs:
    Hand sanding to 800 grit
    No grain filler or glue - this is a one piece body
    15 to 20 coats of hand applied shellac using a pad - about 12 to 15 hours of work.
    The finish was completed a year ago and was left to cure for 40 days.
    Shellac is compatible with everything, should you need a more durable finish, you can spray some nitro on the top or something even harder.

    A la carte:
    The price includes the body, nothing else. The bridge and strap pegs will be removed before shipping.

    Condition:
    The body is in used condition. The is some light buckle rash at the back not visible on pictures, the is also a mat area on the back near the upper horn due to wear. Last but not least the is a drop mark on the side of the upper horn hear the peg. It was lightly sanded and has many coats over it but you still see it under the right light.

    $225 shipped con USA
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
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  2. sleeplessknight

    sleeplessknight Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Seattle
    Pics?
     
  3. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Just posted.
     
  4. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    Beauty! Rare chance to have such a fine finish on an electric bass.
     
  5. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Thanks for the kind words.
     
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  6. pjbassist

    pjbassist Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Any guess on the original maker of the body?
     
  7. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    A great luthier, name withheld. The quality of the work and the wood speaks for itself.
     
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  8. pjbassist

    pjbassist Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    It is an absolute thing of beauty!
     
  9. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    Alot of times it sure sucks living in canada
    That is a beauty.
     
  10. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    Thanks!
    I'll ship international. Just PM me with a postal code if you want to know shipping cost.
     
  11. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    On hold for pudge pending payment.
    Thank you Sir.
     
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