White guitar yellowing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrunoNP, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. BrunoNP


    Dec 16, 2012
    Hi, I just bought an Olympic White Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazz Bass and was wondering if it will turn yellow over time.

    If yes, how can I prevent this from happening?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It'll probably yellow. That gives it mojo. You could have it refinished if you don't like mojo. I don't know of any way to prevent it.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    If you are going to get it re-finished one day the cheaper option is to just buy another one now and keep it vacuum sealed in a bag in your basement. A Squier is not worth the cost of a good re-finishing, unless you are planning to re-ranch (?) it yourself. Especially if you buy the Squier used.
  4. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I don't know what kind of finish they use these days, but if it's one where the white yellows over time (as was the case with my pre-EB MM Sabre, my only white axe) I don't think there's much one can do about it, other than refinish the guitar every 20-30 years.

    But more to the point, *why* wouldn't you want it to look authentically vintage? ;)
  5. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    But that's just it - I don't think keeping the instrument away from air or light is going to make a difference. The pigment layer is already sealed underneath a pretty significant transparent over-coat. My Sabre spent at least 95% of its life in a dark and temperature-controlled environment, but it darkened just the same - not so much yellow as a beige cream color. The discoloration appears to be a chemical reaction between the pigment, the wood, and the lacquer.
  6. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    Mine yellowed a ton, even though it's not a Squier. It's a cream color now, as opposed to that bright white, but I like it, although it's very white under the pickguard. There really is no way to stop yellowing, so the best options are learn to like it, pick a different color, or as others have said, plan on a refinish someday. Here's my bass:

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  7. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Nicotine white? My favorite color on the planet.
  8. LWagner


    Dec 6, 2010
    Simi Valley Ca
    The sun with rise in the morning and fender oly white will yellow . Nothing can be done about either one of 'em. But most cats ( myself included) dig the yellowing it adds mojo.
  9. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    I don't think the pigment itself yellows so much as the polyurethane that carries it,
    or a clear coat.
    But it's not going to yellow like nitrocellulose lacquer.
  10. BrunoNP


    Dec 16, 2012
    Ok so there is not much I can do (maybe just covering from light), but it will not yellow to much anyway?
  11. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Almost every bass I've seen like this with the pickguard off shows nice original finish under the guard. From this, one could infer that keeping the bass out of the light would help to reduce yellowing.
  12. Just ask my white Chevy pickup. As a whole it doesnt appear to be yellow(er). But after 17 years I would dread removong any trim. Still looks great and still shines though :) . If you love white you love the creamy buttermilk it becomes. :D
  13. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    It certainly does.

    My '72 Precision is about the color of a banana now. Under the pickguard, it's not that far off the original white.

    It seems unlikely that modern paints have this pigment shift unless they are specifically intended to.
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Resistance is futile.
  15. hsech

    hsech I'm not old, I'm just seasoned. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    My Olympic White Am Std Precision is now more of a light cream color. I think it looks good and wouldn't change a thing.
  16. I just bought a 2006 mim jazz in arctic white,removed the pickguard (3 ply wht/blk/wht ) to install a brwn tort one.
    There is no yellowing of the original finnish,it looks as new,
    must have spent its whole life in a case:meh:

    sorry, no camera no pic,no bass..no yellowing:D
  17. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Is there a finish that doesn't change over time? Learn to love it, my friend.
  18. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    With white instruments, yellowing is just part of the deal.
  19. White guitar yellowing?=Cool