1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration

Stripping the body

It was decided to chemically strip the body back to bare wood and refinish in thin skin nitro cellulose Olympic white, aged to look as it would genuinely look now (40+ years on.)  It was a pleasant surprise to discover that there were no extra routings or holes and that all the parts were original and working.

1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel

Sanding and painting

After fine sanding, a thin coat of white nitrocellulose primer was applied, followed by Olympic white. The next coat was more Olympic white with a little stain added to darken it slightly. This was applied to the areas which would not be covered by the scratchplate, bridge etc to simulate natural ageing.

Next... a light tinted lacquer was applied to darken certain parts outside the normal wear areas.

1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel

Applying the aged finish

After thorough drying, the ultra thin paintwork was hand aged to give a medium relic look.

The bass was reassembled and set up and looks stunning, ......It's a mean sounding beast too.

1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel
1964 Fender Jazz bass guitar body restoration © 2017 Guitar Angel