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Refinished Tune Bass Maniac

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Planet Boulder, Aug 25, 2004.


  1. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Refinished a formerly purple Tune Bass Maniac a couple of months ago and just got it back from the luthier for some electronics work I had done.

    I sanded it down (stripping did nothing - the finish was hell to get through) and refinished it with an oil/urethane mix finish. The finish job was a little sloppy in parts, but it turned out fine overall. Really makes the black hardware and pickups stand out nicely. I decided to leave the neck alone for a couple of reasons:

    a. I like the contrast of the dark headstock
    b. I am arrestingly anal when it comes to necks, so I really didn't want to mess with the finish on the back of the neck. Plus, even though it's painted (*shudder*), it plays quite smoothly.

    It's a crime that anyone would actually paint over wood grain such as this.
     
  2. post up a pick of the back of the bass, with the painted neck.

    looks good over all, good choice ditching the paint. good job.
     
  3. A9X

    A9X

    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Looks good. I've seen one locally that was natural finish (apparently) ex-factory and it looked similar to yours does now, ie excellent, and much better than the black one I nearly bought.
     
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Here's a pic of the back...
     
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    may i see a close up of the headstock?

    f
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Love ash bodies!...t
     
  7. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    flodshon - per your request....
     
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    thanks,

    was there a metal logo plate on the headstock?

    or was it painted on?

    fred
     
  9. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    flodshon - actually, the only thing on the headstock is that plastic trussrod cover that reads "Tune Guitar Technology".

    Why ask ye?
     
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i'm a tune freak.

    i have a space bass and an SWV 5.

    i found a small shop that has a couple of tune basses on the wall. just trying to figure out how to differentiate between the korean refabs and the original japanese models.

    most of the japanese models had the tune logo as a plate rather than a decal.

    just wasn't sure about the maniac line.

    sorry if this is a bother.

    fred
     
  11. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    No bother at all, dude - I love talkin' shop! :D

    This is the second one I've owned (the first one was a fretless that I traded for this one) and I really dig them both. I've only played the Maniacs, so I can't comment on the other models.

    This one had the electronics and pickups replaced. It now features an EMG active jazz-type pre and EMG PJs. Sounds sweet and plays even better. I really like the construction of the two I've owned.
     
  12. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I remember playing a couple of Tunes in the 80s in SoCal...some dude was hawking them as the next Alembic. I was very impressed by both the tone and the lightness. The playability was great. Stuck in my mind for a while, then a few years later Ibanez/Hoshino came out with the Soundgear line- appeared to be the same body shape, lesser electronics, but the neck felt about the same but had the Ibanez shape to the headstock. I thought they had cloned them! (They did.) The sound of the Soundgear was nowhere near what the Tune Bass Maniac was, and their first run of necks were real rabbity.
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    here' my SWV, check out the bridge design. 7075-t5 aluminum.

    [​IMG]

    here's my space bass:

    [​IMG]

    these are keepers.

    REALLY nice work on the MANIAC refinish PB. the black neck looks great!!!

    f
     
  14. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    flodshon - thanks for the kind words, man! Those Tunes look sweet!