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Re: Fitting purfling to the top and back

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Posted by Charlie on February 13, 2001 at 11:57:56:

In Reply to: Fitting purfling to the top and back posted by A|llan on February 13, 2001 at 09:49:44:

: I am in the process of renovating a 1960's laminate 2Xbass. I have now stripped off all the old stain and body lacquer down to bare wood, and this has revealed a centre-jointed top layer of plain plywood. The previous double (black) line purfling effect was (in fact) part of the finish - it was a transfer effect which came off with the lacquer. I would now like to re-instate this purfling effect on both the top and back before re-finishing the body - either as a transfer or as solid black inlaid purfling. I think I would need a purfling double line cutter to do the latter, but is there any other way - rather than getting this specialist tool? Does the fact that I would be cutting through a single top laminate layer have an effect. Is it reasonably easy for a enthusiastic amateur to add purfling in this way? Any suggestions? thoughts? tips?

: Allan Greenwood

I read someplace that it's not a good idea to cut purfling lines into a laminated bass. It increases the possibility of chipping around the edges. Since purfling is intended to decrease the chance of cracking, or at least prevent a crack from spreading to the outer edge of the wood, it's unecessary on lamination. That's why most laminated basses have painted purfling. It's purely cosmetic on a laminated bass, rather than functional, as on a carved bass. It would probably be "healthier" for you bass if you simply repainted the perfling, rather than inlay it.

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