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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PCR, Apr 12, 2010.
This bass looks sweet .
The nitro is dried, and one last round of polish w/ a coat of Virtuoso (I swear the stuff is just Mothers California Gold Pure Carnauba Wax. Looks the same, feels the same, and smells the same).
I tried to capture the difference before and after, the lacquer over-coat. I taped off the lower part of the neck. The pale part shows the standard MIM satin neck finish. The lower part is now naturally aged and glossy.
And, I just finished soldering up my harness:
1 x Switchcraft Jack
1 x Sprague Orange Drop 0.047uf Cap
2 x CTS 250K Audio Pot (Tone No Load Modified)
I use gold bullet connectors on all my harnesses. Makes it much easier to solder and install, plus it makes changing pups a snap.
Just a few more hours of work.... so close I can hear it.
Here it is; I'm finally done.
It plays pretty good. I may get the thing re-fretted one of these days, but for now, it plays a lot better than a $250 bass (that's about how much I have into it).
It looks and plays good, and I had a lot of fun doing this. Now, if I can just figure out how to make recordings on my computer.....
Thanks for all the support and props!
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Wow. Great work!
jgparm: thx. I'm in West Chester PA too!
Very cool! I found my P on our local CL, too:
I've been reading the Picture Tips on the first page. It has really improved my pictures. Haven't ventured into anything artistic yet.
I really like the way you set up the pic.
Thanks. I learned a lot from looking at Dark Horse's pics. Really cool and creative stuff.
Send it to me, I'll record it for you!
Excellent job! I bet that's a fun bass!
looks sweet bolted and strung
now go play!
Great Job! I like to do the same thing when I get a new (used) bass. Strip it down and make it as new as possible. You are a bit more daring with re-painting the neck!
Auto polish is GREAT for guitars. You can use the polishing compound to clean up the paint and a good polish for the shine. I bought a smaller 5" orbital polisher that works just great for the instruments. I use Zaino polymer show car polish - it is simply the best for cars AND Guitars.
I have also been appalled at the condition that some people let their instruments get to. It is beyond me.
that's a real beauty!!!!!!!
I have that same bass. The only difference is the Squier logo on mine. Pretty cool.
That looks great! I really dig what you did with the neck!
do NOT allow the terrorists to obtain this technology, or society as we know it is finished!
Thanx. The neck turned out a lot better than I expected.
Trust me when I say, I'm the worlds WORST painter. But, you really can't mess up w/ Minwax Lacquer. The key to shooting with lacquer is to give the lacquer at least 3 days (or longer) to set up before polishing.
I started shooting Minwax Lacquer over my 57 AVRI Strat headstock, because Fender doesn't clear coat over decales on their Reissues. Over time, those decales chip and wear off.
When I got this bass, I noticed that the Fender logo was nicked a little. So I gave the headstock face a light sanding, and taped the side of the head off and gave it a squirt with a can of Lacquer that I had in the cabinet.
My orginal plan was to just polish the rest of the neck. But when I pulled the tape off, the difference between the rest of the neck and the face was dramatic. The wood grain just jumped out. So I just sanded the rest of the neck, to smooth out a few nicks, taped the fret board and did the entire neck.
Then I read the back of the can, and noticed the 'not recommended with polyurethane'! LOL Oh well, too late now! I think this warning has more to do with the brush lacquer. Plus, I gave the neck a good sanding. Worst case is that I strip the entire neck and re-shoot it.
The secret is all in the Chinese Takeout container; you have to order the General Taos Chicken (extra spicy).
Don't tell anybody, or we will all be gonners.