Where should I get a vintage Fender Jazz refin?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dave79, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish

    Hey guys, got a '66 that was stripped down then refinished with a mahoganyish stain. Its original paint, in the cavity, is the cheap sunburst of the CBS era. Everything else is all original, so I'm seriously considering a refin for the first time in my life. Where do I even start? How much do they cost? Maybe I should have Fender do it? Does Fender do them????

  2. Depends on if you are restoring it to the original finish or if you are doing something different.

    It would be cool to have Fender do it.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    No Fender doesn't do it.
  4. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    ibanezcollector :)
  5. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish

  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  7. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    Lays Guitars in Ohio specializes in VINTAGE restorations. Not cheap, but they are the best -- IMHO.

  8. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish

    I've looked at all of these and some seem quite reasonable. Does anybody know of anyone in my area (Virginia)?
  9. guitargarage

    guitargarage Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2008
    Boston, MA
    Owner of Guitar Garage
    Hey I hear someone has been throwing my blog around in here .... :)

    I have a can of Lake Placid Blue that needs to be ON your Jazz bass !!

    Tell me more about it,

  10. 2nd vote for Michael Dolan.
  11. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    Pat Wilkins is the best at refinishing.. He will get it closest to the original.. and this is coming from a guy who does the same work.
  12. most people ive seen over the years restoring pre cbs fenders dont go to pat wilkins. a lot of scott lentz,lays guitar and jack pidgeon. jack pidgeon was always regarded as the best from ive seen. i had my 62 done by lays.
  13. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    Do Pat Wilkins and Michael Dolan even spray nitro?
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Don't overlook RSguitarworks in Winchester, KY. They are widely acknowledged to be among the very finest. Their prices are moderate, and the turn-around time is fast. The owners (Roy and Scott) are both bass players. They do custom guitar work for lot's of well-known industry pros. :hyper:


    RSguitarsworks restored my 1955 P-bass, including a perfect aged nitro refin-job. Here is a thread about it (and a couple of quickie photos): http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=325380&highlight=reborn




  15. Edword


    Jun 23, 2005
  16. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish

    My luthier's leaning me towards Lay's. He used to get them/him? to refinish his instrument's 30 years ago.
  17. dave79

    dave79 Rest well Fish

    Love that color, but I'm thinking the original cheap-burst of the early CBS era, its still in the neck pocket and everything. I'll post a pic or two soon. You guys are gonna trip when you see what's on the back.