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PostSubject: T-40 refinish   Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:50 pm

I've been working on this project for a long time. I figured I'd post pics of where I'm at. I had a natural body that was really beat up. I decided to try my first refinish ever. It's been a very interesting process. I'm not sure I like the color too much but I wasn't about to sand all over again. So, here are some before/after pics.

Right now it has 2 coats of Tung Oil. I plan on putting 3 more on. The finish gloss isn't even yet. I'm using 0000 steel wool between coats. It's coming out pretty good for my first time.

There's a pretty cool "flame" that I didn't notice until I applied the stain. It's subtle, but there. The tung oil brings it out a bit more.

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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:53 pm

The pics look like crap, and the finish is actually a lot redder than it shows. I'm having fun with it.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:43 pm

That looks real nice, Scott! I can't wait to see the finished product! What color pickguard are you planning to use?
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:31 am

Thanks. I haven't thought much past getting it finished. Suggestions?? I'll post better pics when completely finished.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:15 am

Hmmm, what about maple neck and this pickguard http://www.wdmusic.com/peavey_reg_t_40_bass_29457_prd1.htm?
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:41 pm

I love the grain pattern on the gut cut on the back. How 'bout a creme pickguard?

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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Aug 31, 2008 1:52 pm

Thanks for the opinions guys. I like the idea of the cream color, I just wonder if the pearl would be over-powering. Keep 'em coming!!!
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PostSubject: Lookin Good   Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:08 pm

She's coming along nicely. Do you have a finish coat on yet? I think the guy's are right Cream with the red would probably look best. Not sure about the pearl though. Are you using a maple or rosewood neck? I still have the blue body. It must have 1000 coats of blue on it and I'm thinking of striping it all off and starting over (God help me). I guess it's going from my summer project to my rest of the year freaking pain in my ass project. Well keep up the good work. Talk to you soon... Lorenzo
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:47 pm

Hey Lorenzo, I have one more coat to put on. Then it's suggested to let it cure 2 weeks before assembling. I have a rosewood neck that Chip has been working on, that will go on this bass. I will need pickups, 2 bridge saddles, new pickguard (I have a black one but not going to use it on this), tuners, knobs and electronics.

The color of this looks a LOT better in person...doesn't photograph well, I guess. I'd do it again. It has been fun. Good luck with the blue. Sorry it didn't work out for ya.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:27 am

I'll have a pair of toasters by the end of the week, Scott. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:13 pm

Final coat of Tung Oil is on the body. It's looking great. I decided to go with the cream 3 ply (cream/black/cream) pickguard. I hope it looks good.

http://www.wdmusic.com/peavey_reg_t_40_bass_29434_prd1.htm

I need to let this cure for 2 weeks, then use 0000 steel wool to buff it out before I load up the electronics, etc...I'll keep you all posted. It looks a lot better than the pics posted here. Very Happy

Hopefully Chip will be done with the neck pretty soon. It will be a rosewood fingerboard.
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PostSubject: UPDATE   Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:56 pm

Well, the final coat of Tung oil went on and I've given it a few days, it seems dry and I'm impatient so I started assembling her. Just a couple of quick shots with the bridge and string ferrules back on the body.








This is a very difficult color to photograph. As you can see, in the light you can see the redwood color that I love. Also, there is a really cool flame that I never really saw that dramatically when it was a natural finish. It's not perfect but it's coming along.

I talked to Chip today, he said the neck will be completed in a couple of days. It has a rosewood fingerboard and I can't wait to get it. I ordered some shielding paint from StewMac. I will be brushing on at least 2 coats in both the electronics and pickup cavities. I will be getting my cream pickguard this week as well. I can't wait to see what she looks like put together. More to come.....
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:15 pm

She's a beaut, Scott. Very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:50 pm

Holy crapparoni... this looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:00 am

fuck man. that looks hardcore.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:24 pm

Wow!, great work Scott. That looks awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:10 pm

Thanks guys. Looks like the pickguard will be delivered Monday according to tracking.
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PostSubject: Very Nice   Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:17 pm

Scott she looks great. Sooo much better than the first pics. I know all the about the impatience but take your time. You know it's worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:32 am

Great job Scott !!!
I'd like to have a Red Burst T-40 body, but it's very hard to make a clean burst. Maybe I'll try to oil the body when I'll have a T-40 project bass.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:53 am

Reviving this old thread.....I've been soooooo busy that I haven't had time for any bass related activities. I've been trying to finish up this project for quite some time, here's where I'm at. I only need to get it rewired and set up. The neck is a T-20 that has been modded to fit the T-40 body. Since the 20 is a 21 fret neck and the 40 is 20 frets, Chip got cut off the extra fret and rounded it to fit. He also sanded and refinished the neck and put a T-40 peghead outline/logo on the headstock. Great work.







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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:39 pm

me likey!
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:31 pm

Wow really nice brother, good job
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Fri May 28, 2010 4:26 am

Absolutely stunning! Great work.
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PostSubject: Re: T-40 refinish   Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:19 am

really stunning!!!

i was thinking of doing something like this to my one! where did you get the shiny new knobs,bridge and the pickup chromes from?
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