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Questions about finishing a bass in a solid color

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ElBajista, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    How hard is it to finish a bass in a solid color? I've been eyeing some unfinished bass bodies on Ebay in the hopes of making an Inca Silver project bass.

    The body will (hopefully) be Swamp Ash, if that matters at all.

    What tools/supplies do I need for finishing? What is involved with finishing a bass? Is there any sort of step-by-step tutorial available?

  2. 1stOfficerRiker

    1stOfficerRiker Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2004
  3. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    www.reranch.com has supplies for all sorts of solid finishes. I haven't ever used their products but I'm sure there are others here who could comment.
    Another option would be to take the body to a body shop and ask them to paint it for you. They'd probably charge you something but if it was a color they were using anyway you might get off a little easier.
  4. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    I'll definitely check out those two links.

    Really, I'd like to do the work on the bass myself.
  5. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Then the ReRanch is your best bet. Even if you don't use their products they have a very comprehensive set of instructions on doing all sorts of finishes. They also have a forum dedicated to finishing guitars, so there's plenty of expertise available.

  6. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    That's what I noticed. I read around on there and I feel somewhat prepared to get this going. Now to scrounge up some cash to buy the components....

    Thanks, guys!

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