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Tips how to make your instrument look old/faded

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by semborg, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Any site or anything that has tips how to make your bass look vintage and old?
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Oh boy.

    Throw it down a flight of stairs?
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Excellent question. I have a vintage-style Benavente 51 model on order that would look great with a Relic job.

    I don't know that I would ever have that done even if possible...

    ...but it would look great, so I'd be tempted.
  4. I dont get the relic thing. Why not enjoy a nice looking instrument. Unless its a nitro finish which nobody uses anymore a " relic job" will look fake anyway.
  5. I dont understand the whole relic"ing" deal either.

    To me the beauty in a vintage beat up bass is the fact that it has been played that much, and that to me makes for the mojo appearence. Not the fact the a Custom Shop did a number on a new bass to make it look old.
  6. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    1. Some like the look
    2. Some like the feel... especially the back of the neck when the finish is worn away and naturally oiled (mmm, sexay)

    - and -

    3. No worries about putting another ding on it!
  7. Pearly Gator

    Pearly Gator

    Dec 10, 2005
    Thermal cycling and UV light will do it without scratching. ;)

  8. dave_p


    Dec 20, 2005
    play a lot of gigs and smoke.
    my white 4001 was yellow by the time i sold it (man do i regret it now)
  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Call Bill Nash at Nash Guitars.
    He does great relic work.
    Will relic new basses for a price?
  10. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Own it for a really long time :D
  11. Play it.

    A lot.
  12. Do the Jaco thing. Drag it around without a case(and i do mean DRAG), drop it all the time, do backflips from the top of your amplifier onto it, toss it into the air and whip it with your strap, maybe even toss it into Hiroshima Bay. :D

    On a lighter note, sand paper can do wonders.
  13. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
  14. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    I have some crazy sounding sugestion. If you want to tame the glossy look, try rubbing the finish with toothpaste. It is very fine abrasive agent. Try it first on some not visible place (e.g. down back part of body) and see if you like it.
  15. JAL


    Dec 15, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Try and protect it as much as possible...
    Scratches and dents are SURE to come!
  16. Take it to a salon, and schedule it for regular tanning booth treatment...and pick it up after work...

    ....Viola!! instant results.. and people will say your bass looks like it can really groove with that Caribbean-looking tan!

    .....little will they know that you "cheated"......
  17. do you mean "dry-crusted-up-on-the-toothbrush-handle" toothpaste or the "new-sludgy-just-out-of-the-tube" kind?
  18. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ

    Dings come naturally.
  19. the new, out-of-the-tube stuff...it's much easier to apply...

    use toothpaste with flouride, this will help toughen your finish :D
  20. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    Doesn't matter, just push it out of the tube to a cloth and rub the lacquer. It should bring the matt look like on Highway Jazzes.