Refinish or leave

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hopsbb, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. hopsbb


    Nov 8, 2014
    I recently purchased a 1977 Fender Musicmaster bass. It's how you say,well played. It looks like it's been dropped a time or two,few dents here and there,various scuffs and scratches. Neck is near mint though,just the body is tore down. I really like the bass. I plan on it being a keeper but I'm debating if I should refinish it or keep it as is. The battle scars are cool but at the same time I feel the urge to make it purdy again,maybe redo it some unusual color.
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    photos are great

    refinish = sand it down & leave it natural finish
  3. hopsbb


    Nov 8, 2014
    I'll take a few when I'm back at home.
  4. A refin will cut the originality factor and thereby the collector value.
    I am not sure it has much of that to begin with, but anything that says
    Fender and is more than a few years old has the potential to be
    considered rare in some circles.

    If it has dents that really bother you or big paint chips that you
    get cut on from a sharp edge, then maybe it makes sense.
    It is a learning experience and can give you a feeling of being connected
    in ways that just playing it won't.

    If you just want to enjoy having a not yet beat up bass,
    you can get a low mileage, used Squier for less than the cost of a good refin.