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Inept woodworker bodges his way to a half decent result. Well chuffed!

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I'm lucky enough to have a pair of USA EBMM SUBs - one fretted and one fretless. The fretless came from ezbass on here, and he'd stripped the paint off the neck and replaced it with an oiled finish. Feels lovely to play, and looked much nicer than the black paint covering the entire neck and headstock as I had on the fretted one.

I'd often wondered about doing the same thing to the fretted one, but my fear of messing up a decent instrument had always convinced me to hold off. Recently some lacquer started flaking off to reveal sticky paint undernath, and my hand was forced...

My main worry wasn't so much the main bit of the neck, but of the join between the neck and the headstock. Chris had managed to leave a fairly tidy line between new and old finish....

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....but as I can't even do colouring in without going over the lines, I needed a different approach!

I didn't want to have to strip the headstock front and back faces and lose the logo & serial number. The only way I could think of was to do a lap of the entire headstock and hope for the best at the heel bit of the headstock. (Is that bit called a volute? or is that only if there's an extra bit of wood glued in to reinforce it?)

Luckily, it all came good!

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It's not a pro job by any means, but I'm so happy with the result I had to share..

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Great job!!

I like it so much I think I'll do the same to my US SUB. :) The paint's getting a bit worn anyway.

Frank.

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Thanks for the kind words all - I think the fretless one is going to get the matching treatment this weekend.

[quote name='machinehead' timestamp='1445472963' post='2891802']
Great job!!

I like it so much I think I'll do the same to my US SUB. :) The paint's getting a bit worn anyway.

Frank.
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Go for it!

In case it helps, there's a couple of vids I watched before taking the plunge which helped me get my head round what I was about to do

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24yWr2LRmJY[/media]

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiDm4JKtICk[/media]

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How did I miss this? Fabulous work Stoo, I should've gone for that amount of stripping originally, it looks way classier. I hope you're still enjoying the fretless.

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I really like that...wouldn't be surprised if Musicman nicked your idea...

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