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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JIO, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    OK, before I start, please refrain from posting your opinion of how you feel about distressed finishes right out of the gate. I am so not interested and there are other threads to vent your opinions so please, read on and decide if you would like to contribute.

    What I am simply requesting are pics of any bass or guitar that has a distressed finish. It might be your bass or a picture you might have downloaded of a distressed bass or guitar. It can be a real 'time and use' induced distressing, or your own DIY cosmetic "relic" job. I will not judge the DIY finishes and would like posters to refrain from pot-shots or boring, opinionated dissertations on "fake mojo" regarding a DIY distressed finish. I just want as many examples of distressing (real or effected) as possible. Please keep the "dis" out of distressing.

    Also, I don't want pics of a Fender Road Worn bass, even if your own. I know you are proud of them and good on you, but I can find pics of those all over the web.

    I'm hoping to see the spectrum of instruments that have been played hard and put away wet. The better the pics the better. For me I think about Nels Clines' beloved '59 Jazzmaster, Stevie Ray Vaughns' Strat, Billy Sheehans' "wife", and Mike Watts' EB-3 when I think of beautiful battered and bruised war-horses.

    Thank you for reading and hoping you will help me investigate and celebrate the unique and ultimately personal look of instruments with distressed finishes.




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  2. gbazinet


    Aug 11, 2010
    My former thrashed pbass
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  3. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    YES! Any detail/closer pics? By former it sounds long gone... :(
  4. gbazinet


    Aug 11, 2010
    Sorry that was the only photo I have on the computer and she is gone.
  5. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe

    oh well - thanks for posting! Love Bostons! is that Tunces' cousin? :)
  6. OldManMusic

    OldManMusic Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Centennial, CO
    I'll play along. This is my MM 1988 Stingray 5.

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  7. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    This is pretty distressing:
  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
  9. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Oh yea, I like that a lot!
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  10. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Sub'd. I LOVE distressed beat up basses. Nothin better IMO.
  11. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Thanks! Finish by MJT.:bassist:
  12. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish Supporting Member


    Early 53 with no finish, oddly enough it was refinished in the early 80's
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  13. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Wow! Those all look great! Lets see some more!
  14. Wow, I've never seen a roughed up SR5 before. That is a well-loved bass!

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  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    My 1955 vintage P-bass as it was when purchased in 1973.


    with sisters...

  16. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Here's mine. Not as dramatic as some here, but I've only owned it for just under two years. The finish is checking in spots and getting some decent wear where my thumb sits, and where the strap rubs.
  17. LanEvo

    LanEvo Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    My '56 Les Paul Junior:

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  18. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 30, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Owner - MFB Enterprises, Craftsman - Notlob Basses
    My P-Bass


  19. Spiffmeister

    Spiffmeister Meister of the Spiffs

    Apr 26, 2012
    Those all look brilliant! Well, the opposite of brilliant, but you know what I mean :)

  20. Garyth

    Garyth Now What ..?

    Sep 9, 2013
    Punta Gorda Florida
    This is in the 'show basses' thread, but what the heck. This was my Dad's, now my brothers and hiding in my closet:

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