Re: Natural Finish?

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Posted by Pat Harrington on October 17, 2000 at 18:18:10:

In Reply to: Natural Finish? posted by Spedro on October 17, 2000 at 17:04:35:

: I was thinkning on sanding down my epiphone p-bass from the 80's and covering it with a clear laquor, has anyone reading this done this, and any advice?

>>>> I probably wouldn't recommend it, you might not like what you
see once you've scrubbed the finish off that bass..Mass production
guitar manufacturers only put clear finishes on the better
pieces of wood, the cosmetically inferior bodies get painted
to cover mineral stains, puttied imperfections, crummy
bookmatches, etc, etc...I learned this from a summer job
I once had about 20 years ago, gluing and sanding guitar
and bass bodies at a major guitar maker here in So. Cal when I was
in high school...The cosmetic flaws generally don't affect
sound or playability...It's purely asthetics for the most
part, so if you don't care about beauty, you could remove
the finish, but if your bass is finished in polyurethane
it's gonna require quite a bit of elbow grease, those
finishes are rock hard and pretty thick...You'll need
lots of sandpaper and patience..

Pat H

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