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Should I refinish my Sub?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hopkins, Mar 18, 2013.


  1. Leave it Alone

    53 vote(s)
    31.2%
  2. Green Sparkle

    81 vote(s)
    47.6%
  3. Carrot Orange

    36 vote(s)
    21.2%
  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have an White American S.U.B. 4 string active bass. I liked the matte white textured finish at first, but its starting to look a bit bland to me, and its difficult to clean the dirt and funk that gets on the textured finish.

    This is the bass.
    IMAG0082.

    This is the color I am thinking
    Emerald_Green_Bag__84308.1343946640.1280.1280.
    Emerald_Green_Flake_Cig__59397.1343946644.1280.1280.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Leave it alone.

    If you have to wreck a bass, use some disposable cheapie, not a decent instrument.
     
  3. eddododo

    eddododo Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Have you any experience in finishing basses, or even furniture?
     
  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I wouldn't touch it!
     
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Good question

    You shouldn't be so quick to assume I don't know what I'm doing


    These are some instruments I have built and finished.
    IMAG0395.
    This red sparkle is the same exact finish in a different color

    IMAG0357.
    20130107_164411_zps8863709e.
    IMAG0074.
    IMAG0191.

    I have some Idea what I am doing.
     
  6. Be different! Carrot orange!!!
     
  7. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    You're talking about spending time and money to destroy the market value of an otherwise good bass.

    Enda story.

    You asked, I told you. You can't handle answers, don't ask.
     
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Wow, It's not like I'm refinishing a 59 P bass man. I bought this bass for $400. Your acting as though I'm commiting some kind of mortal sin just by thinking about this.

    Oh and being a total jerk on an internet forum, and being rude to someone you dont know and most likely will never meet doesn't make you look tough or cool. More the opposite
     
  9. verycoolname

    verycoolname

    Jan 28, 2013
    VA/PA
    It's your bass, so do what you want with it. Ignore other opinions (even positive ones) and just go with what you want. Your other refinishes look great, and I'm sure this one will turn out the same.

    I put up a vote for green sparkle because it will be obnoxious in the most awesome of ways.
     
  10. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
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  11. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    It's your bass and your money. If you're planning to keep the bass, go for it. If you're on the fence about whether or not this one stays in your stable, leave it alone.
     
  12. Sundown1206

    Sundown1206

    Jan 26, 2010
    Chicago
    This is weird. I just bought the exact same bass Saturday night! I even put the same pickguard on it. Don't worry about what jerks have to say, if you can do it, and you wanna do it, do it. Looks like you're able.

    I wish I were as able. Unfortunately I'm bringing mine to my mechanic to give it a better paint job.

    Here's my to do list for this bass:

    Olympic white Paint Job
    White pickguard
    Status pickup
    Aguilar 2Band preamp
    Dunlop strap locks
    92' rosewood stingray neck (which I have already)


    What are your complete plans?
     
  13. johnson79

    johnson79

    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Do it. I actually like the white, but it's your bass. Yhe green looks cool as hell.
     
  14. ShonenCello

    ShonenCello

    Sep 21, 2011
    The other basses look great.

    1 You know what your doing.

    2 Sounds like you really want to do it.

    So do it.
     
  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thanks man, Those aren't refinishes, those are just a few of my own builds. Your right though, It doesn't matter what anyone elese thinks. I should just do it and put the progress thread in Luthiers Corner where people are more civil.
     
  16. Go for it! Certainly looks like you know what you're doing, and that green would look awesome.
     
  17. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Hopkins,

    Excellent work! I think your SUB would look great in that green.

    Be sure to post pics!

    All the best,

    Bob
     
  18. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    Elkhart, IN
    Maybe just get a new pick guard? BTW, you do great work, but I've always loved white.
     
  19. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I have a black SLO Sub 4 that I have been thinking about putting arm and tummy cuts in and refinishing.

    I love the bass but the slab body does get uncomfortable.
     
  20. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    I have seen a lot of threads on this board about whether or not to customize or modify a bass. When it comes to this specific model of bass, the music man s.u.b. bass, for some reason, this bass SCREAMS Modify, Customize, and Refinish. I say go for it. Some guy had one of these for sale on the classifieds a little while back and he did a tremendous refinish job.
     

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