Posted by mg on August 12, 2002 at 16:01:37:
In Reply to: Re: Information needed on Commodore semi-acoustic electric bass guitar posted by Allan Greenwood on February 02, 2001 at 03:04:52:
: : Thanks Bob - Co-incidentally, last night I did try and remove the dulling of the lacquer with brass cleaner (very slightly abrasive) and this seems to working. The 4 or 5 deeper scratches I think will need some coloured filler, if they are to be hidden. I suppose there is a debate as to whether it's best to leave an older instrument like this in a distressed state rather than to bring it up to scratch (sorry about the pun!)- but the scratches do attract the eye - otherwise it's got a pleasing appearance - haven't tried the pickup yet - I trust that the wiring is OK. - anyway thanks for your advice and comments - nice hearing from you - Allan
: : : Anyone know of the Commodore thinline semi-acoustic, double cutaway, single P.U., vol & tone control only, electric bass guitar: made in Japan early 60's? We have a cherry red example with a slightly bowed neck and some scratch damage to the front. Also, the lacquer has been slightly dulled in places. Any advice on:
: : : a) neck re-trueing
: : : b) deep scratch elimination without a body stripdown - retouching?
: : : c) lacquer re-shining - use of metal polish? use of gentle car paint abrasive polish?
: : Allen,
: : I'm not totally familiar with the brand name, but a *lot* of those instruments were made in one factory, and sold under different brand names.
: : Fixing your bass should be about the same as fixing any other bass or guitar.
: : 1) To re-true your neck, the first thing you need to do is adjust the truss rod. If you haven't done it before, you might want to have a repairman take care of it, because it's possible to break the truss rod if you overtighten it!
: : 2) You can touch up scratches without too much problem; you might want to try rubbing them out with rubbing compound first, just to reduce them as much as possible. If it goes down to the wood, that's the time to do the touching up.
: : 3) If the guitar is dirty, you might want to carefully clean it with naphtha (active ingredient in lighter fluid) first, then use a good guitar polish like Gibson or Martin's. That should give you a nice shine!
: : Hope that helps!
: : -Bob
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