So guys, In my spare time I restore, rebuild, refinish guitars.
I was approached by a man named Lyle, and he asked me to do a bass. He didn't tell me anything about it, just that he wanted it done.
It's Black Maple, which is kind of odd for an instrument, but maple tends to be fairly common I just haven't seen this kind of maple for a body
It has some minor body damage I will be fixing. I stripped the gross garage job brown stain it had on it, and have rough sanded it. Here is what it
looks like. Now If I had to guess I'd say the wood is about 10 years old, which makes me wonder what make this bass was. As I was only given the body
gutted already, no hardware, electronics or neck to give me a clue and my lack of experience with any bass' (I'm a guitar guy,) I'm curious as to
what's in my hands.
I'm making up samples on the only maple I could find and they aren't black maple so it's hard to know how the bass will react come staining time.
I'm going to be hitting it by hand today with a block and 150grit, then 180, then 200, 220, 240, and 400 for end grain(so stain doesn't absorb as
I'm terribly afraid to mess this up based on the type of maple this is. I'm also afraid of the make of the bass, and it's potential age.
It had lots of scars, it has more holes in the back than are necessary so I'm wondering if it was once mounted to a wall.
To fix those I will literally make small maple pegs(toothpicks more like it) and friction fit them into the holes, then sand and finish. If I use a
wood filler it will just be a light spot where the holes used to be. This way it will at least absorb some stain and look like a little knot instead
of a hole.
Here are some pics.
Now that's just a rough sand, the grain will look more vibrant when I get finer, can't go to fine on front though or stain may not take well.