Question about repairing rusted Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Kamael83, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Hi all!
    I`m sorry I don`t have pictures to give you a better idea of what I`m talking about....

    I went to the shop with second hand everything ...:) anyway i saw there a Fender P Bass...wood and paint look almost like new...I fell in love with it from the first sight...problem is...Don`t know how previous owner did it...but a lot of metal parts are covered with rust: pickups, jack-in some rust on the bridge as well...price is 350e (don`t know how much in dollars it is....anyway i think i can get it down to lets say 250 coz of all the rust...Anyway my question is: is there a point in buying something like that? I mean apart from rust it looks stunning...and I would really love to save it from total disaster...Idea of having bass that i fixed and saved it from scrappage keeps me up at know that would be MY personal bass haha...Anyway //..anyone had ever experienced something like that? what is the chance that everything inside is useless and I wont be able to fix it ?
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    If you can get the bass at what you feel is a good price, go for it.
    The hardware can be replaced easily and inexpensively if it doesn't work right or the looks bother you. You can lube up the tuners and try a little chrome polish on them. The electrics should be fine clean or replace the pots.

    Or leave it the way it is, you have a Road Worn!
  3. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
    Yes. I rescued a bass that had rusted parts.

    Rusty parts can be replaced. What you need to find out is: is there any damage from water/moisture?

    The two really go hand in hand.

    Take a look at the bass; and if you're not sure ask the owner if you can have it checked out by a guitar tech before buying.

    The tech will want to see if the neck is bowed or twisted, if the fretboard is separating from the neck, if the trussrod works.

    Also if the electronics are working and the body is sound and not split because of extremes in temperature or moisture.

    Many of the more expensive metal parts (tuners, bridge, etc.) should be chrome or nickel plated and therefore not rusted but perhaps corroded. You can clean that up a little, and some honest relicing is part of the mojo, yes?

    I had to replace rusted pickguard and pickup mounting screws, corroded strap posts, potentiometers, input jack and the pickguard itself on a 1990 MIJ bass that was stored in a damp basement for about nine years.

    It looks and plays fine now.
  4. haha needs some serious maintenance for sure :)
    Hurts me when I think how this bass had to be alone in a corner of some wet basement for months to get so rusty...people are MONSTERS! :(
    At the moment I`m broke but as soon as I ll get some money I think I will go for it...Good thing is: on the other side of the street is Fender dealer shop...I was planning to borrow that bass or half an hour and take it to Fender shop to get an opinion from them...
  5. God I would love to have bass like that :) I mean the fixing / getting into shape part :) yeah like I said I will borrow that bass from the shop ( guys in that shop are clueless) and take it to Fender dealer to have a better look before I will buy it.
    And if I will buy it I`m sooo going to spam some pics showing progress in restoration of that beauty :)
  6. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
    Make sure you have an idea of what replacing those parts will cost.

    Check a place with good prices on replacement parts (is there a eurozone equivalent to Angela Instruments Online Catalog - Home ?)

    Buying a new Squier VM or CV bass may be cheaper and they are good basses.
  7. I have squire Jazz Bass.
    I want to have P Bass as well plus I just really love an idea of getting this bass into shape :)
    Cost won`t be a I don`t have to do it fast and all at once...I mean I can get pickups one month...something other the other hassle here :)
    I want to treat this as a hobby (you know people who fix old motorcycles hehe) I would like to do the same thing to that Fender...I don`t know...I`m finding the idea of a guitar in a shape like that...heartbreaking...
  8. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Basic questions to ask when considering a rehab project:

    Does it work like it supposed to?
    What parts can be rehabbed?
    What parts should be replaced?
    What is the total cost (acquisition plus parts and labor)?
    Is it less than purchasing the same thing in good condition?

    The last question is the most important.
  9. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    As mentioned - if the metal parts are so rusted - There is a good chance that the truss rod is also rusted and might be useless - be sure to check this carefully. The thing was probably in a damp basement for a long time.

    350 is not cheap for a fixer bass - it better be a USA or Japan model.
  10. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
    Here's the 1990 MIJ post rehab. Pickguard, strap posts, p/u covers, mismatched bridge parts, jack, potentiometers and screws all replaced. The rest is original.

    I should have taken a "before" picture!

    Attached Files:

  11. SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!