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Wilkins finish before and after pics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 2minkey, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    so, as i posted in another thread, i just got a body back from wilkins. it's a USACG quilt top on mahogany that's going to sport the wenge neck that's sitting right next to it at the moment.

    anyhoo, here's some before and after pics for those of you that may be looking for a finish. i'm REALLY happy with with how it turned out. finish is "tiger eye" and it's about $40 more than his standard finishes because it's a two-stage dye job.

    i apologize for my lousy photography....

    before. wet to show the quilt better.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Very Nice ! Whats going on on the back ?
  3. Jiggybass


    Nov 15, 2005
    Sudbury, Canada
    O wow!

    I'm anxious to see what kind of neck is gonna go on that beast of a body. *birdseye maple fretless fingerboard* cough :D
  4. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Wow, that looks crazy. I bet it's super 3-d looking in person!
  5. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Now that's unique. And beautiful. I believe Wilkins does the US Laklands too. I have a Scheff Deluxe with a natural Tiger top. When I visited Lakland you could tell the US bodies from the Koreans from 50 paces. Extra $40 well spent!
  6. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    wow thats beautiful. have fun with that one.
  7. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    back is a nice dark brown with a slight reddish tint.

    the rest of the plan right now is....

    wenge neck with big honkin' BML tuners (already have it)
    audere pre (on order)
    nordstrand MM type (2 coil) + "modern" jazz neck (need to order still) - though i've got some $ on account at bass northwest and they have barts, so i may waffle and get those
    hipshot "A" type brass bridge (still need to order)

    i'll prolly order the rest of the stuff tomorrow. needless to say i'm anticipating a big fat tone.
  8. The Dave

    The Dave

    Jun 23, 2006
    Canyon, Texas
    Where is this wenge neck you speak of?
  9. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest

    Very Nice!......Enjoy, I love Pat's work.

  10. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    aboot here. i've always dug the tele headstock... p bass nut width for extra "grunt."

  11. I hate to say it, but I prefer the wet, unfinished look. That with a gloss finish alone would have made a beauty.

    ...but the Tiger Eye is stunning as well - to certainly didn't get shafted by Wilkins. Enjoy her! :D
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Pat Wilkins does exceptional finish work. Goregeous!

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

  14. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.

    And Sadowsky, and Spector, and Valenti :)D ).

    Your right he does great finish work.

    Like this one too!!

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    For those who may be interested.

    Here are just a few of the companies that Pat Wilkins does finishes for besides USA Laklands and Sadowsky.

    Steinberger( Epiphone)
    Some MTD's
    Jordan Violins
    Wood Violins

    and these are a few of the companies that Pat use to do finishes for.

    Tom Anderson
    Pensa Suhr
    John Suhr
    Fender Custom Shop
    Zeta Violins
    Pat is also the original guitar painter for Schecter guitars of the 70's.and hes painted a guitar or Bass for probably every major player out there.
  16. That is nice work, love that look, but it should be green.

  17. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    For those 'natural' folks, here is that Scheff of mine...it's really hard to close the case on this one.
  18. GrooveWarrior

    GrooveWarrior Supporting Member

    I was just thinking the same thing, but didn't want to rain on the parade. Must be an Ohio thing!
  19. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Beautiful... tiger's eye and tranlucnet black are my two favorite finishes on maple.
  20. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    i don't disagree - the clear woulda looked really cool too, especially if i'd gone with a maple neck, but i leaned toward a darker finish when i decided to go with a wenge neck. kinda the same 'dark on dark' look that i liked when i finished the guy in front here...

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