Vintage bass quandry

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ChuckMann, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. ChuckMann


    Oct 24, 2013
    I recently scored a killer deal in a vintage Electra Outlaw bass guitar.
    It plays like a dream, but it is a heavy relic instrument.
    Not a manufactured relic, btw ... it seems to have earned all its beauty marks.
    But, I am considering a refinish job to bring it back to its past glory.
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  3. Erokker

    Erokker Guest

    Feb 15, 2019
    I would leave as is, as long as it plays great. That's a unique instrument and, while it's not a vintage fender, will increase in value - and more so if unaltered. Old wear is authentic, it tells a story of it's life. It would be a shame to delete that history.
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  4. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Very cool basses, Congrats!
    I am all for leaving alone an instrument that earned it's scars honestly. But I also understand that sometimes that kind of "mojo" ain't pretty.
    If restoring the finish makes you happier to play the instrument then go for it.
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  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins Dominated Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Do what you want to do, without regard to what others may think of it.
  6. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Need photos!
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  7. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Unless the bass is a complete mess - prior bad refin, routing, and especially on that bass, gutted electronics - it's always better to leave the original finish alone. No matter how rough the original finish is, a refin will lower the value. And not by a little, by a lot. Like half. So you'll be spending $350 to cut the value of a $700 bass in half.
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  8. ChuckMann


    Oct 24, 2013
    It wasn't so much a value consideration.
    More aesthetics.
    That said, my wife told me, "Don't you dare!"
    I will post some pics when I get home.
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  9. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    So no pix?
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  10. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    Do what it takes to make you happy! If painting it makes it your forever bass, then resale value doesn't really matter.
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  11. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    So why are you asking us? Are you nuts?
  12. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I wouldn't.
  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I have basses that won't ever get sold - if you feel that way about it, paint it. If you're thinking you might sell it, play it a while and decide whether you want to keep it.
  14. Jigmay


    Mar 24, 2004
    1) Do what you want, but...
    2) Don't do it!
    Personally, I would want a vintage bass with the mojo, no matter how gnarly.
  15. ChuckMann


    Oct 24, 2013
    Because I wanted PLAYER opinions as well.
    All in the interest of due diligence, you know ...
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  16. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I wouldn't just leave it as is and enjoy. Now if the bass look is such that you don't like it, well that's another story. Pics would help us for sure.
  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'd leave it. You can always refinish it later if you feel the need.
  18. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Do what feels right to you, Ill alway vote against refinished an instrument unless the finish is absolutely hideous (super sparkle finishes...yuck)
  19. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    The mere fact that she cares even a fig about such matters should tell you all you need to know.
  20. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    That’s all I would need to know!