Sent my bass to the car shop...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lesgo, May 7, 2017.

  1. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    After scoring a great natural ash vintage jazz body, my 3-piece alder P bass finished in tru oil suddenly lost some appeal. A friend works at an auto paint shop and agreed to spray it with whatever was loaded in the gun. Luckily, they were working with Chevrolet Black at the time. He did a great job.

    While it was in the shop, I picked up an Allparts MIJ jazz neck. I applied approximately 30 coats of tru oil to the neck. Knocked down the finish with 0000 steel wool, and it feels fast and smooth.

    Installed some EMG Geezers and USA Hipshot ultralites. I was fully expecting to bring this thing to a pro for setup, but the neck is perfectly straight, bass is intonated, and the solderless pickups sound great. I feel like I got lucky.

    Excited to put her through her paces at rehearsal this week. IMG_1375.JPG IMG_1376.JPG IMG_1378.JPG IMG_1379.JPG
    Last edited: May 8, 2017
  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Cool for you, and it does look nice. I cringed when I read this, though, as this happened to my '73 P bass. The guy I got it from was bored with it's original "natural" finish and took it to a local friend's auto body for a refinish in black! He did this and other abuses to it before I rescued it, including drilling new holes just to accomodate an aftermarket cheap pick guard. Never posted this original pic of it before…

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  3. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016

    Yikes! No, this was a new, unfinished body that I bought last summer. Makes me sad to think of what yours looked like before it got sprayed. Glad she's in better hands now.
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  4. jcerio

    jcerio Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    That's a nice, classy looking bass! Great job. I love these projects.
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  5. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Lookin' Good
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  6. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Well done! Automotive finish guys usually have the know how to bring a paint finish to that next level. Enjoy!
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  7. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    I prefer automotive painters bc you can get a cash deal on a side job easily.

    The guy next to my buddy's transmission shop did an E-type Jag, a real 60's Testarossa, a bunch of MG's, some gen 2 vettes, the 1 of 2 supercharged racing Mercedes from the 30's, a pile of prewar Alfas, etc last week. It's kinda funny when the overflow ends up parked on the street bc the MGs stay in the yard covered. Owners are paying for it. Apparently Jags and Ferraris don't rate white glove treatment bc their owners aren't worth a 8-unit residential building in central London as their Euro getaway investment.

    He can prep and properly spray a bass but you have to get him after Bloomington, Pebble Beach, or the auctions in AZ/Texas.

    I look for the guys that are always busy, and have $10mil+ in cars done while they're doing another batch in the booths.
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  8. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    My '68 Precision had been painted in black by an auto repair shop (complete with gray Bondo underneath the paint!). It took me at least 6 applications of paint stripper to get all that gunk off there. It's now Daphne Blue (and turning slightly green due to the nitro).
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  9. Halabja


    Jul 16, 2011
    Cool! Now take your car to a bass shop and report back with results ;)
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  10. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    It's the way to go. Only down side is I like a naturally occurring light relic on my basses. This will take years to accomplish.
  11. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    ... and they can install a sweet set of curb feelers for you too!
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  12. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    That's tire and brake shops. Thankful that era is over.

    Ask for a super thin finish that settles. Then you can call the $2k+ boutique Fender clone assembler and hear BS about "wood breathing" and thick finishes stifling tone.
    Last edited: May 8, 2017
  13. burpgun


    Jun 29, 2015
    I love the metal plate for the controls. It's one of the few changes I wish Fender would make to the line: Mate the existing plastic guard with a chrome control plate. The Autolux bass player has a Precision like that and it looks so nice.
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