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Will My Bass End Up Looking Like George Porter Jrs.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Ric Vice, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Hello Respected Luthiers,
    I have a Fender PBass from 1958. I don't play the instrument
    that much during the year, but it's got a wonderful action, feel, and tone.

    My delemma is that the nitro-cell finish is gradualy deterorating and unless I can arrest the problem the finish it will eventually just flake off. The worst areas are the sided of the bass and of course the back.

    For several years I've used only Clayton Lemon Oil Polish and Carnuba Wax to protect the finish. It seems to work fine on
    stable areas, but not so great where the finish has worn through to the actual alder body.

    Obviously, I can't refinish the instrument for several reasons.

    What are your suggestions? Thanks in advance for the expert advice.

    Ric Vice
  2. That's the charm of the older instruments! I don't know of anything you could do shy of coating it with something. But that would be self defeating because that would kill the value of the instrument.

    Take heart in knowing that this isn't a problem to anyone seriously looking at a collector like yours.
  3. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Thanks, someday the bass will be passed on to my son, so
    knowing that it will retain it's value when the finish is long gone
    is something of a comfort.

  4. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    ooh, poetry! :rolleyes:
    Yes, I agree with Hambone
    that the value of your bass
    will rise or stay the same
    if you don't use any sprays.
    :rollno: :D