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To paint or not to paint.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lumdingo, May 18, 2017.


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  1. Original Damage

    47 vote(s)
    36.4%
  2. Original Restored

    29 vote(s)
    22.5%
  3. Metallic Root Beer

    44 vote(s)
    34.1%
  4. Black

    6 vote(s)
    4.7%
  5. Metallic Black

    3 vote(s)
    2.3%
  1. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    I'm trying to decide whether to restore this bass to its original lustre or to abandon the tobacco burst and have it professionally painted metallic root beer brown.

    I've already purchased the cream DiMarzio pickups and new Grover Vintage Tuners and Fender Top Hat Knobs.

    The finish in this bass is poor, so I'm definitely going to do a full restore or rebirth.

    So,

    Burst or

    Metallic Root Beer or

    Plain Ol' Black ....or

    Metallic Black?

    The last two pictures tell a story. Steve Harris used a black Ibanez Roadster (not Roadstar) to record Run To The Hills and The Trooper. Then used that same bass in the videos. It really makes me want to just go with black, but my love of metallic paint is plaguing me.
     

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    for some reason, I'm wondering if metallic black and root beer could be mixed without just becoming mud. like half black flakes and half root beer flakes, sounds cool. probably just nuts though.
     
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
  4. CaseyJ

    CaseyJ

    Jul 28, 2016
    Northern Indiana
    Replace the pickup covers and hardware that you planned on. I am going with keep the original finish, but maybe have it buffed out. You would get rid of the light swirl everywhere, have a high gloss finish again, and true roadworn mojo. Just my 2 cents brother.
     
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  5. CaseyJ

    CaseyJ

    Jul 28, 2016
    Northern Indiana
    I also like the idea of the restored original finish.
     
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That root beer and cream would look freaking great.
     
  7. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    I like the metallic rootbeer idea, with the creme covers-very 70s looking. Thats the roadstar I have always wanted, the 2x2 PJ. I always have ended up with mid 80s 4 in line tuner RB650s or 630s. Very cool.
     
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  8. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    If metallic root beer is that colour on the car in image 7095 then that's my vote.
    Also, I want that car.
    I don't think I've ever seen a car I wanted so much before.
    Any idea what it is?

    And I do apologise for going off topic...but...that car!
     
  9. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    If you could achieve a finish like that of pic #7, that would be awesome... otherwise, the glossy black body and maple neck is always a classic look. Good luck!
     
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  10. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    San Diego
    Manager, Bass San Diego
    I was going to vote for RBB, but then I opened the photos. It'd be a shame to paint over that top; gotta go trans. I like KBD's whisky/amber/brown idea.
     
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  11. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    That's why I wanted to go with a really dark dark metallic root beer brown. That way the pick ups really stand out against the dark colour just like on a black face, but with more interest.
     
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  12. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    My other bass, which is my favorite, is a Fender Jazz a Okoume. It looks very much like the base in this picture. It is one of the very few Fender Jazz basses made out of mahogany, which is what Okoume is.
     
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  13. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    I should know this, but I'm not sure. It is definitely a hot rod, which means that it is an old car that is been chopped and chanelled. My guess is it was originally a Studebaker.
     
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  14. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Oh just a second, the bass in the picture is a fender Okoume. It's just the P-Bass version. Ha!
     
  15. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    VOTE: Metallic Root Beer.

    Nice wheels!

    Here is my personal favorite set of wheels...1948 Buick StreamLiner

    1948_NormanETimbs_BuickStreamliner.
     
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  16. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    The grain is pretty striking and personally I like the wood (insert chuckle and sophomoric comment here). I would try to compound and buff. You can always paint if it fails. Root beer color is cool, but I'd rather see on the car, not the bass
     
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  17. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Honestly with all my options I'm seriously tempted to just restore it to its original glory (but with Grover Tuners because finding the original Hercules Heart-Shaped Tuners is pretty much impossible (and the Grover Vintage Tuners are better and nicer anyhow).
     
  18. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Wow!! Concept car?
     
  19. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    I think you have a couple of extremely valid (not tumescent) points.
     
  20. Lumdingo

    Lumdingo

    Dec 8, 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Actually, other than taking it to a luthier, is it possible for me to do it myself with some super glue and a variety of wet sandpapers? Then maybe some polish?