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Tips and Tricks for Relicing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by omeany2, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. omeany2


    Aug 6, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've started my first project this week. I am building a 62RI out of:
    - 1996 MIM Jazz body, sunburst
    - 1994 MIJ Jazz Neck
    - Old style threaded fender bridge (came on a Jaguar)
    - fender Tuners (also from the Jag)
    - Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Pickups
    - Control panel with Stacked chrome on chrome pots (these are so sweet)
    - Tort pickguard

    I think I'm going to call this bass Sneaky Pete cause of the pick-ups. I'll post some pics when it's close.

    Anyway, here are a few things that I have learned.

    - Poly on MIM bases is thick as hell and hard to chip through
    - Rich dirt makes bare wood look old
    - A dryer will work as a tumbler for relicing metal. Put the parts in a heavy plastic container, add some sand and tape it up. (may want to put the whole thing in a zip lock too.)
    - Mineral oil works well for wet sanding and doesn't make exposed wood swell

    Anyone got any good tips?
  2. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    I got a few :)

    A pencil(graphite) can dirty up wood quick

    food coloring can be used as a dye to get a bright maple neck ambered. The mixture I use is 7 parts yellow, 2 parts red, 1 part green. Mix well and then apply with toilet paper. Let dry and then clear coat to lock it in.

    Steel wool is your best friend for deglossing anything from pickup covers, the body, the neck, you name it.

    I got a ton more but.... I dont want to give it all away haha
  3. omeany2


    Aug 6, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Man that pencil trick is awesome. Just tried it.
  4. michele


    Apr 2, 2004
    There's a sticky in the Luthier's Corner forum showing some excellent work from Ibanezcollector. Check it out!

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