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To paint or not to paint....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CherryPicker, Sep 21, 2020.

To paint or not to paint:

Poll closed Sep 25, 2020.
  1. leave it be!

    74 vote(s)
  2. paint it black

    20 vote(s)
  3. paint it another colour

    60 vote(s)
  4. firewood

    5 vote(s)
  1. CherryPicker


    Jul 30, 2017
    Hello TB,
    I am in need of feedback about my Sterling Ray35. It is natural finish ash body. Wasn't thrilled about the look when I bought it, but it sounded good. Used to play in a blues band now rock band. In current setting I think the body looks like a piece of furniture with strings on it. I sincerely hope I don't offend anyone if that likes natural finish - for what it's worth I have a spalted maple top bass in natural that I like. It is just this particular bass I have issue with - meh grain, very glossy. See pic attached.
    Should I leave it or paint it? I am leaning to painting it black. Thoughts? I really appreciate the feedback.

    **If you choose paint it another colour in the poll, could I humbly ask you show a pic (if possible) of your choice for reference? ray35.jpg
    Outtaseezun and dr doofie like this.
  2. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    You know the answer. Do not paint!
    GlennRH, Root 5, gebass6 and 8 others like this.
  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I don't like these in natural (just my opinion of course), and this one has particularly bland grain (again, my humble opinion), so I say paint. If you're gonna keep the black pickguard a black body would be cool, I also kinda like these in pearl white. There are tons of color options though. Pick whatever you like, scuff that thang up and go for it :thumbsup:
  4. Paint it black.................................paint it black............

    Paint it black ,you devil!
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  5. You are right that yours has a kind of dull grain pattern, but I think a darker wood finish would look good. This one has a Koa top, but a good color. C25C95F7-668C-4202-9437-CE4BB84F1549.jpeg
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
  6. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    Have you considered changing the pickguard? A nice tort or perloid would draw the eye's attention...
  7. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Thoroughly Nice Guy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    What are the other guys playing?
  8. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Sparkle finish!

  9. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Supporting Member

    Boring wood, as the stones say paint it black.
    Reedt2000 likes this.
  10. KaraQ


    Apr 19, 2020
    Sacramento, CA
    Paint it! :thumbsup:

    Second vote for sparkly red :smug: , but maybe more like this?

  11. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Are you talking rattle can or?
    BurningSkies likes this.
  12. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Supporting Member

    Reedt2000, Frunobulax and KaraQ like this.
  13. etnoo


    Aug 28, 2018
    No words... just
  14. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Dark Transparent Blue would be my choice.
  15. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Plaid! BEAD!
    bass NuKitty BEAD.jpg
  16. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Dull it to Satin 1st and see how you like it.
    Strip and stain it. Dark furniture would be my color choice.
    Trade it for something in your favorite color.
    It's your bass, paint it your favorite color.
  17. CherryPicker


    Jul 30, 2017
    One band has black or red strat, other band has white ibanez gem.
  18. CherryPicker


    Jul 30, 2017
    a friend does auto painting so he would be the person doing it.
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  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I had a PRS once that I considered repainting. I called PRS and asked if it would change the tone. They said it could so I left it.
    NikkiVibes likes this.
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    If you have someone do it professionally, then I say go for it.

    But my personal opinion is if you're going to the trouble why just do black? I mean they make those in black. Get a color that's not a stock color, something that's different from the millions of others that are out there.

    I understand the dislike for natural basses, I generally feel the same way (though I have one through circumstance and I love it to bits, I never ever would have chosen it)...the only color I am less enthusiastic about is black. So boring and IRL you spend half your time getting the smudges and fingerprints off of them.
    jtlee, Dean N, waynobass and 5 others like this.

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