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Author:  Beatlebacker [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:47 am ]
Post subject:  Lefty 4003 restoration project

Hey all!!! I have a lefty 1981 4003 in Burgundyglo, that I bought in pretty rough shape, I am thinking about sanding it down to the bare wood (ala McCartney). My question is, will sanding it down hurt the resale value? I am kicking around the idea of selling it..... Any thoughts?

Author:  iiipopes [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

In a word, yes. Now, depending on just how badly worn it is, a proper refin won't hurt it, and might help it. Jingle-Jangle can give you better advice on this.

Until then, the conventional wisdom is to put a little bit of finish patch (usually clear) on the areas that are susceptible to perspiration and further wear, and just play it.

Author:  Beatlebacker [ Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

is there a way to post pictures of it on this site, so I can accentuate what I'm talking about?

Author:  Schmidt [ Mon May 02, 2011 11:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

Even a well worn original finish is much better than a sanded-down-by-yourselv-one in case of trade... You won't get more than half the price (If you are lucky) - and it's much more difficult to sell because most people don't want guitars that has lost their original shapes - which they almost always do during the sading proces (even McCartneys did...).

Would you buy such a guitar yourself?

That said - is there something nicer than a good old worn finish? :)

Author:  antipodean [ Tue May 03, 2011 12:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

Beatlebacker wrote:
is there a way to post pictures of it on this site, so I can accentuate what I'm talking about?
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Low-res images can be uploaded via the "upload attachment" option when using the full "post reply". You can also link to an image that is already on the web (e.g. on a pic-hosting site) using the "Img" button on the full "post reply" screen. These functions are reasonably easy to use.

Author:  Beatlebacker [ Sun May 15, 2011 1:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

Either I'm completely retarted or computer illiterate or a little of both, but I've tried several different ways to upload these pictures, if I were to send them to someone, could they post tem? I would appriciate the help, thanks in advance.

Author:  Beatlebacker [ Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

Here is a picture of my lefty Rick bass:

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Author:  Clifton [ Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

I have a right-handed Burgundy-glo 4003 that was made in 1980, and looks like a mirror image of your bass, even down to the two-piece pickguard. Nice bass! From the picture it looks like most of the chipping is on the edges of the headstock. I would either leave it alone, or maybe use gloss model paints to touch up the chipped areas. I've done this in the past with a Burgundy-glo 4001, and it turned out well. I know that Tamiya (manufacturers of plastic models and model paints) markets a clear red gloss paint--in other words, red but you can see the grain of the wood through the paint--along with a clear blue. Seems like you could mix the two until you get a match in the shade, then touch up the chips. I would agree with the other folks who suggest not to sand the finish, especially since Burgundy-glo is such a cool and desirable Rick color.

My bass has a quarter-sized chunk out of the finish in the back, where some goober who owned it before me must have worn a big ol' belt buckle, but I elected not to try and touch up that area, since it's not visible from the front of the instrument.

Author:  Clifton [ Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

Just looked up the Tamiya paint on the web. It looks much more red (and less pink) in the bottle. You could probably find it in most hobby stores.

http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.p ... t-id=81027

Author:  hofnerjoe [ Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lefty 4003 restoration project

http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s47 ... ass202.jpg

Check out MY Ric restoration. My Ric usded to be a lefty Tuxedo all white bass.
I stripped and refinished it in an aged FG to look like McCartney's. The pic is a bit light due to my cheap camera phone, but it looks great (I think). It me 30 hours plus
for the stripping, sanding, refin etc) It took about a month to cure the clear coats (about 8). I was going to do the physcadelic Magical Mystery Tour paint job, but since the aged FG came out so well, I thought I'd "let it be" for now.

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