The feature bass this week shows how much you can save when you do it yourself!
Builder Alan Gruskoff writes:
I bought an unfinished bass guitar body made of solid mahogany with a spalted & flamed top. After much sanding, I applied two coats of Behlen vinyl sealer for stringed instruments. Next, after some light sanding / steel wool, I applied 6 coats of Behlen stringed instrument lacquer, a little steel wool polishing – it’s done.
The wood is quite spectacular as vinyl sealer really brought out the grains. After lacquer, it’s a very smooth, natural matte finish that feels like the fine wood it is. It’s just what I was hoping for. I am thrilled at being able to do this myself. Local shops wanted $400-500 for what I did on this job for about $50 in supplies.
I had been playing a 2002 MIM Jazz Bass for a while. I basically replaced the body with this fine woods body, after I did the finishing. It has an AllParts (Japan) neck with solid ebony fingerboard, Hipshot tuners & KickAss bridge, Nordstrand pickups and Richter JB Control Plate. I really like the sound of LaBella 750N (Black Nylon) strings. The black on black look is so appropriate for a fretless, to me.
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