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Got a couple of PJ bodies and necks on the way from the wonderful @GSPBASSES ;



One is for me, and one is for @Alnico.

Mr A wants his satin white, black guard and standard satin neck. 

Mine however... it's going to be a gigging bass, so I'm going to relic it - colour undecided as yet. What do you think? Butterscotch relic? 
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 1473
    Butterscotch finish in conjunction with a split P pickup and a rosewood fingerboard? What would the purists say?
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 3564
    I am REALLY looking forward to this.

    Bass is my guilty pleasure. I'm not saying I'm any good at it, I'm probably not but I find it so much pure fun to play.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    Butterscotch finish in conjunction with a split P pickup and a rosewood fingerboard? What would the purists say?
    Hopefully not a lot ;)
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  • SteveRobinsonSteveRobinson Frets: 1122
    Butterscotch doesn't really work over alder, it needs the strong grain of ash to look right.

    Let me know what lacquer you need and I'll give you serious mates rates.
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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 1390
    Looking forward to seeing how these turn out.    I fancy a precision and toyed with putting one together if I don't spot the right one for sale.    
    I'd go for a relic sunburst or blonde with a bit of grain showing through.  
    What have you decided about hardware and pickups?
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 3564
    John_P said:
    Looking forward to seeing how these turn out.    I fancy a precision and toyed with putting one together if I don't spot the right one for sale.    
    I'd go for a relic sunburst or blonde with a bit of grain showing through.  
    What have you decided about hardware and pickups?
    Discussing this last night, I've gone for Fender High Mass Bridge, Gotoh 60's style tuners (Trefoil?) and Oil City Pickups.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    Butterscotch doesn't really work over alder, it needs the strong grain of ash to look right.

    Let me know what lacquer you need and I'll give you serious mates rates.
    I did wonder if butterscotch would work - I do fancy a lighter colour to relic though - and I'll probably go easy on the grain fill to get some grain sink coming through. Maybe vintage blonde, or honey blonde.. I dunno yet!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621

    John_P said:
    Looking forward to seeing how these turn out.    I fancy a precision and toyed with putting one together if I don't spot the right one for sale.    
    I'd go for a relic sunburst or blonde with a bit of grain showing through.  
    What have you decided about hardware and pickups?
    Will be mostly 60s vintage spec hardware to relic - and for pickups I'm thinking about a custom wound mid 60s spec set
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 449
    edited August 3


    Mine however... it's going to be a gigging bass, so I'm going to relic it - colour undecided as yet. What do you think? Butterscotch relic? 

    How about reliced black (hides the J, makes it look more P) but with a gold anodised guard? 

    Would be a killer combo with a rosewood board. 

    Optional extra: cream P pickup cover for that DiMarzio-added-in-the-'70s look. 

    http://i.imgur.com/Afu7BnK.jpg
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    KKJale said:


    Mine however... it's going to be a gigging bass, so I'm going to relic it - colour undecided as yet. What do you think? Butterscotch relic? 

    How about reliced black (hides the J, makes it look more P) but with a gold anodised guard? 

    Would be a killer combo with a rosewood board. 

    Optional extra: cream P pickup cover for that DiMarzio-added-in-the-'70s look. 

    http://i.imgur.com/Afu7BnK.jpg
    Great idea, and I do love that combo - but I have a MiM classic 60s in black with gold guard - so I want something a bit different ;)

    Good suggestion tho ;)
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 449
    edited August 3
    In that case consider a white guard (to skirt around the aargh-bad-tortoiseshell-or-Spitfire issue) and then go with a great custom colour... like maybe ice blue with yellowed lacquer, aged to the palest most perfect green... like that recent Tele on BC  Edit: I mean the lovely lamf68 one on here...
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    KKJale said:
    In that case consider a white guard (to skirt around the aargh-bad-tortoishell-or-Spitfire issue) and then go with a great custom colour... like maybe ice blue with yellowed lacquer, aged to the palest most perfect green... like that recent Tele on BC 
    I was considering:

    - Daphne blue (as per the relic Tele that I did that @Alnico has)
    - Sonic blue
    - One of the greens
    - a yellow of some sort


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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 8494
    ........ and I'll probably go easy on the grain fill to get some grain sink coming through. 
    I skipped the grain filler altogether for my aged look, I'd do that every time now for an old finish personally.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    axisus said:
    ........ and I'll probably go easy on the grain fill to get some grain sink coming through. 
    I skipped the grain filler altogether for my aged look, I'd do that every time now for an old finish personally.
    Good call. I'll skip it.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    Arrived today.. all present and correct:





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  • slackerslacker Frets: 725
    Relic'd black over gold with a gold scratchplate. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    slacker said:
    Relic'd black over gold with a gold scratchplate. 
    Got a MiM in exactly that! I love the look, but not sure I could have two the same....


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    edited August 4
    I'm doing them in sequence rather than as a pair - so first up is the gigging bass for me...

    Board masked up. This one is having an amber tint and that's it...


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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 846
    Alder doesn't really need any sort of grain filler, I would go clear with a black scratch plate as per John Deacon.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    So for a neck tint, I've tried something a bit different. Given that this is a relic, I really wanted to go for the relic look from the off.

    So I've used a darker tint to give it an 'aged' look that would be difficult to do afterwards.

    Anyway - first coat:


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    I decided to rub back some of the lacquer once touch dry to get some shading - some areas darker, some lighter, like an old aged neck that had seen many a smokey club and many a dirty hand..



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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    It didn't take long to dry acceptably in the sun this afternoon. So eventually it was brought in for some treatment:



    Quite dark, but I like it like that!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    First thing I wanted to do was give it some proper ageing before everything hardened off too much. First thing was neck wear - which was some 600 grit wet and dry, and some 0000 steel wool:


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    This followed a liberal application of knocks, bangs, scrapes and dings, and some general wear and tear:





    I've done it this early so that I could 'rub' some of the not-hard-yet nitro off to give a more subtle effect and not so much "belt sander"
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    It's now hardening a bit more in the sun, before being put aside for a while:










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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    Once it's hardened off I can get the t-cut out and give it a proper buffing in places to bring out the shine to give a hint of it's former sparkly new past ;)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    GSPBASSES said:
    Alder doesn't really need any sort of grain filler, I would go clear with a black scratch plate as per John Deacon.
    Oooh, clear - interesting choice.. one for the list :)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    edited August 4
    This is the tint I was going for (but not the level of relic tho!!)



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  • slackerslacker Frets: 725
    slacker said:
    Relic'd black over gold with a gold scratchplate. 
    Got a MiM in exactly that! I love the look, but not sure I could have two the same....


    Lovely. I'll take that boring sunburst one off you for 4p and a Kit Kat. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 8621
    slacker said:
    slacker said:
    Relic'd black over gold with a gold scratchplate. 
    Got a MiM in exactly that! I love the look, but not sure I could have two the same....


    Lovely. I'll take that boring sunburst one off you for 4p and a Kit Kat. 
    Wow that sounds like a great.....  hang on...
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