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Rickenbacker Refinish

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by terryfunk4life, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. terryfunk4life


    Nov 26, 2007
    Ok A few weeks ago I got a used 4003fl jetglow. The finish is in very bad shape. Lots of chips and dings.I thought It would be cool to sand off the old finish, stain it (because I am pretty sure the wood underneath wont be too exciting) and apply a satin sealer-only finish like the c64s basses.

    Is this a decent plan? The only problem I can see is the binding. I have no idea how that would work out.

    Thanks in advanced.
  2. Depending on how bad the nicks and scratches are, it could be salvaged. It would likely be a lot of work but no more work than you're already planning.

    And personally, I've seen a few of those "stained" Rics. I haven't once seen a good looking one.

    I'd vote against that.

    If you're going to redo it, just pick another color or put a custom paint job on it.
  3. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    ... and make sure you post before and after pics!!!
  4. Please post pics of it now. This will help us visualize how much salvage work would need to be done.

    Seriously. If it's just a lot of nicks and scratches, it can be fixed to look almost as if it were new.

    I do this to my JetGlo all the time when I nick it. After I'm done, it looks mint.

    Which reminds me, I need to go through and redo a few scratches I've done.

    If you want, I can do some before / after pics but it may be a week or two before I even do that.
  5. 2lim


    Feb 25, 2007
    I am just gonna throw out the one big issue. The finish on a ric extends right over the FB if I have heard right. If you sand it down, you are gonna have to draw a line somewhere that you stop sanding, as you can't sand down the fretboard too, without pulling the frets.

    If it is that bad, I would say fill and sand the dings, then paint the whole thing a solid colour.

  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I build and modify basses
    Here is an oil finished 4003s5 that I used to own ... I rounded the edges slightly and gave it 2 or 3 coats of tung oil and mineral spirits mixed together. Then I applied paste wax. It is very comfortable to play and has a nice woody tone.



  7. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    I'd go with limegreen, sonic blue or yellow!!!

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