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painting a Fender Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tmjordan100, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. tmjordan100


    Jun 15, 2013
    Norwich UK

    A friend of mine who is an abstract artist said he would paint a design on my fender jazz for free.. was wondering if there is any danger in this that would affect tone/playability? I would strip the hardware and take off the neck beforehand. I would be going for something similar to the Flea Damien Hirst bass.

    I'm never going to sell this bass so I'm not worried about it being devalued, I just fancy having something different and 'out there'

  2. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    If it's going to be sanded it could change the tone, albeit not drastically. Also is it a poly or a nitro finish? And with what kind of paint is he going to do it?
  3. tmjordan100


    Jun 15, 2013
    Norwich UK
    I think its a nitro finish, its a 2005 american standard in mystic red. The artist plans on spraying over it rather than sanding it down first. I'm not sure what paint he will use, is there any in specific to use/be avoided?

  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I think the Am Std is poly. Scuff it and paint it, and if you don't like it wipe it off with thinner and repolish the original finish. (not a luthier, just what I think)
  5. It'll be fine. Question is what are you going to put on top of the new paint?

  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Changing the finish or adding to it will not effect tone or playability at all. Make sure the artist is well-versed in finish compatibility, so whatever he's using over the original finish will not flake off. I would suggest that you put some kind of clear coat over the finished artwork for protection.
  7. tmjordan100


    Jun 15, 2013
    Norwich UK
    Ok thanks guys, I'll ask the artist what he usually layers on top for protection. I'll post a pic when its done!
  8. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Mont Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Its definitely poly. I don't think it will effect tone or playability.

    If he is going to strip the poly, that will be a reasonable pain in the arse.
  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I think I'd buy a cheap Mighty Mite or Squire body and let your friend have at it. Not a MIA Fender.