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What Color should I refinish a reissue 57 p bass in?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gareth, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. gareth


    Jun 9, 2002
    I have just bought a used and abused 57 reissue p bass.

    For some reason the body paint has been removed to the wood and the original anodized aluminium pickguard has been replaced by a badly fitting white one.

    I intend to replace the pickguard with the original anodized gold aluminium

    But what should I do with the body - what colour should I have it refinished in?
  2. Sunburst would be good. Or a wood-ish color.
  3. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD

    seriously? Whatever you want it. It think it would look nice in a kind of aged white finish.
  4. Kinda loud doncha think?
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    What does the wood look like?

    How about a clear finish?
  6. Candy Apple Red!!
  7. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Seafoam green with matching head stock!

  8. Shell Pink
  9. Black would look pretty sweet with the gold guard. I refinished mine in black, but haven't gotten a replacement guard yet. The original gold guard was pretty trashed, and for right now I have a cheap plastic black one on it that looks cheesy, but the paint job turned out great.
  10. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    Two tone burst, like the classic '57 P-bass.
  11. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    NIce!.....'57 P-Bass...

    I found a '69 that had been spray-painted (!!) black & dinged to hell & back-
    My choice was to have the paint removed down to the natural alder & very lightly tung-oiled-
    Absolutely beautiful! This worked in large part to the nice grain that my "slab" had- each one is different, so if your original body has a nice character in its grain- believe me it will look fantastic! I had the neck sanded/oiled as well
    (best damn neck Leo made!!) re-fretted, new pick-guard, new Duncan P-Bass pups, new hardware, Bad-Ass- That bass cooks-yours will too-you got it going on with the pickguard, etc. If your grain is nice-go natural- otherwise, I would opt for a Fender "DuPont" look of your choice, or a butterscotch tint to keep the old-school vibe.
    Muy congrats on a wonderful axe----
  12. -2 or 3 tone sunburst
    -chrome red
    -metallic green

    mmm p bass...
  13. masaru


    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    I second Candy Apple Red!
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Bassic (sic) black
  15. Warwick
  16. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    There is only ONE colour:

    Candy Apple Red!!

  17. plaid, of course, and i must suggest the MacGregor tartan



    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Sherwood green Metalic with matching headstock. Put a mint green pick guard on it, and you're set!:)
  19. 1964


    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    You said it!

    Who said 3-tone? That would make it a '62.
  20. 1964


    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    Otherwise, either one of the other '57Ri colours:
    White Blonde if it's ash or black.

    Any custom colour that was available in 1957.

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