Posted by cv on May 31, 2001 at 18:12:25:
In Reply to: "Politically Correct" Refinishing posted by Jon Cummins on May 31, 2001 at 10:21:41:
Hi Jon !
I have refinished a few basses this last year.
Succesfully ? I would believe so as all basses are bought by luthiers.
Sofar I have experinced three types of varnish. Cellulos, sythetic and spirit.
Imho Shellac (spirit varnish & French polishing) is the best.
Oil varnish is often used by luthiers but I have no experience with this kind.
None of the instruments had the tone changed by the new varnish.
I did ask the same question as you some time ago at Soundpost,
if interest please click this text.
I did not follow Darnton´s advice and choose to give the bass
a French Polish. Today the bass sounds very good and is offered
for sale at about 11.000USD. Although it has many cracks (all repaired)
it does look most respectable and not high-glossrefinished.
I also choose to keep the lighter tone of the original finish thus
not darken the instrument, as is quite common on instruments
with many cracks that are to be hidden......
There are of course many oppinions weather to or not to refinish.
But how many vintage basses are not refinished today ?
Can you post a scan of your bass ? I believe
this would make it a lot easier
to share any thoughts regarding the refinishing. Please tell us more....!
The best source I have found regarding this subject is:
Reg Lawrence and Ephraim Segerman
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