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Yeah, a lot of you will HATE this !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    So today, inspired by a killer Tele Bass on Ebay, I went and bought a Squier VM TB. As you probably know, it's a nice, shiny sunburst guitar with a cool tone and a nice neck, but the neck is stark white, has crappy tuners, poor quality mini pots, etc.. Well, I was originally going to strip it down and refin it in Sonic Blue, but I decided to go the complete opposite direction.

    Now it has upgraded pots, tuners, cap, jack, a new nitro paint job (yes, it can be done FAST if you have figured out a few tricks - after decades of refins I've learned a couple ! :)), a nicely tinted neck, and a whole new attitude !

    I'm sure some of you will hate it, and that's ok. I'm not trying to make anyone else but myself happy. And before people complain about the decal, keep in mind that every part of this bass except the capacitor is Fender brand, from the pots to the tuners to the nut. Everything.

    Anyway, earlier today it looked like this :


    Now it looks like this:










  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    I dig it.
  3. Looks cool as! i want one!
  4. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
  5. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    I love how you just lay it in the dirt and rocks. Now THAT bass has character!
  6. Andy_colassal


    Nov 21, 2006
    Regina, SK
    nice! my fav. colour combo on a Telebass
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Like it!
  8. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG! Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet !
  9. Willicious

    Willicious Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    +1 Dig.

    Glad you went with the Kluson-style tuners.

    Share some of your quick nitro secrets?

    ( I've got an '87 MIJ P that's screaming for Fiesta Red )
  10. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Wow, great job.
  11. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    A vast improvement. Thinking of starting a business doing this?

    (I'll take one refinned in burgundy mist, please.)
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    spray thin coats - they dry FAST. 2000 grit/steel wool - clean - spray thin coat - repeat

    clear coat - spray thin - dry for an hour or so - rub down with steel wool and then buff.

    it dries fast that way, and looks great. NOT the way to do pristine, perfect finishes, but a great way to do aged ones. Works better with some colors than others. Don't try it with translucents.
  13. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    How can i hate you? You for one did that from outta the box to finish in like less than 6 hours. Also you were creative and did what you wanted to do, and it looks alot better than stock. Good job , put a darkstar in it now.
  14. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX


    I build them for fun. Some I keep, some I sell. Just depends on my mood. :D

    As far as a "business", who knows - maybe if I decide to go crazy and take some of the fun out of it ! I can tell you that Mark Jenny (MJT) does amazing refin work though.

    Burgundy Mist, eh ? GREAT color !
  15. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I'd love to get a hold of a DS pickup. I've been wanting to try one.
  16. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
    Earlier today!!!! that was quick!!!
    I liked older looking basses but typically don't like relic'd ones. Yours is an exception...this one looks great.:hyper::hyper:
  17. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Gracias !
  18. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    Me too! Friends got one in a t45 peavey , thing rips and lays down a mean growl.
  19. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Thanks - some relics I like, some I don't. I think this one came out pretty cool. I'll be gigging with it very soon !
  20. Jim Tarantino

    Jim Tarantino

    Apr 9, 2009
    Hate it? No. Love it, YES! Great job, very cool.

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