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Wohooo! Got me a P Bass off CL! (lots of pics... and lots of text)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PCR, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. This bass looks sweet .
  2. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008
    Getting close!

    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.

  3. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008
    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!

    For full pics set: Click Here

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  4. jgparm


    Sep 27, 2007
    Southern Missouri
    Wow. Great work!
  5. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008
    jgparm: thx. I'm in West Chester PA too!
  6. jgparm


    Sep 27, 2007
    Southern Missouri
    Very cool! I found my P on our local CL, too:

  7. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008
    Great pic!

    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.
  8. jgparm


    Sep 27, 2007
    Southern Missouri
    Thanks. I learned a lot from looking at Dark Horse's pics. Really cool and creative stuff.
  9. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    Send it to me, I'll record it for you! :D

    Excellent job! I bet that's a fun bass!
  10. looks sweet bolted and strung :)

    now go play!
  11. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    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.
  12. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    that's a real beauty!!!!!!!
  13. TheGrizz


    Nov 19, 2007
    Athol, MA
    Sponsored Artist: Free Idea Clothing
    I have that same bass. The only difference is the Squier logo on mine. Pretty cool.
  14. very cool. :bassist:
  15. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    That looks great! I really dig what you did with the neck!
  16. do NOT allow the terrorists to obtain this technology, or society as we know it is finished!


  17. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008

    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.
  18. PCR


    Apr 11, 2008
    chuck3: LOL

    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. :bag:

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