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echo008

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Refinish question
« on: September 15, 2016, 06:41:56 AM »
Hello. Has anyone had there bass refinished recently?
I'm considering having my persuader refin'd in wine burst  and I'm wondering exactly what the process and price is?

My bass basically needs an overhaul the bridge and side dots need some tlc and I'm wondering if that's included in the Refin. As well I'm considering having the preamp upgrade and either purple heart or hammered brass covers.
Anyway thanks for reading your opinions and advice are appreciated.
Thanks
Tom
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edwardofhuncote

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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2016, 06:58:49 AM »
Sounds exciting Tom... might be worth a phone call to She-Who-Runeth-the-Show, for specifics on Spa Treatment Plus. ;)
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echo008

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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2016, 07:09:37 AM »
Was hoping to get some prelim info before bothering them :)
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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2016, 07:40:59 AM »
A complete refinish includes:

  • sanding off the original finish
  • smoothing out dings and scrapes in the wood
  • new finish with either gloss, sating, or gloass with satin neck rubout
  • repair cracks in fingerboard
  • fret mill (or discount on refretting)
  • polish bridge and nut
  • change to stainless steel screws for bridge intonation and height
  • strip coating off bridgeblock and tailpiece and polish
  • recoat tailpiece and bridgeblock if desired
  • test electronics
  • replace any missing screws or inserts
Since these items do not always require replacement, they are not included in a complete refinish:
  • tuning keys
  • backplates
  • knobs
Side dots will get polished up with all the sanding and won't be under the finish again.

Right now the shop is booked solid for the next 6 months. We need need 4-5 months to complete the work, so you'll need to book time in advance with me (over the phone is best). I can book the upgrade at the same time, dad's booked 8 months out.

If you already have brass backplates, then hammered ones can be made. The upgrade will turn out better with wood plates, but dad always meets his minimum spec, even with a battery plate in between on PF5 electronics (which he just finished and it came out amazing!).

echo008

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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2016, 08:57:02 AM »
Thanks Mica I would hopefully go for Refin, preamp upgrade, new tuners and cocbolo plate for the back.
I'm looking hopefully to move on this in Jan or feb. I'll be back in touch closer to the time I'm ready to go.
Thabks
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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2016, 11:54:20 AM »
I'd love to see a Persuader in "Wineburst"... there must be one or two painted/tinted Persuaders out there, but at the moment I can only recall seeing one in "Stormburst" finish once. Will be watching with interest.

And hammered backplates... wha - WHERE?! ;D Good call on the Cocobolo replacement. Since my original was worn and screw holes starting to break out, I ordered a new brass backplate for my bass last year. I had thought about using the old one for a template (or possibly a skeleton) to make a new wood backplate. Still might do that one day.

echo008

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Re: Refinish question
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2016, 05:01:29 PM »
I had a wonderful Excel in Wineburst that I have missed dearly.
http://club.alembic.com/index.php?topic=9159.0

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