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Paul (Paul)
Posted on Monday, December 03, 2001 - 8:34 am:   

For example. Would it be a good idea to have all relevant, tarnished metal bits on my bass restored (although it's not bad)? Would there be any effect on value etc?
I have read some stuff about not messing with the wear and tear of the body. Sometimes a personal desition I suppose, but what about the shiney metal bits? The bodywork is still in good condition.
2030 something
Posted on Monday, December 03, 2001 - 8:55 am:   

Hi Paul!
Leave it like this! Clean, but don't restore, don't sand, don't refinish!!!!I mean: look at the picture: we have here a more-than-thirty year old bass that's in it's remarkable good and original condition. Why would you "treat" this instrument to give it the "made yesterday" looks? I personally believe that an old instrument gets it's appeal based on a few things: originality, condition and a certain amount of "scars". After all: it was ment to be played on and by doing so guitars do get scratches or wear.
You might clean the bass as good as possible (take it apart till the last screw if you like) and try starting to like the personal marks that make it imperfect, but specifically YOUR bass.
Let me tell you: I gladly would buy your bass as it could never make it more interesting for me than it is right now!
Gitfiddle1 (Gitfiddle1)
Posted on Monday, December 03, 2001 - 3:57 pm:   

I agree with Harry. Clean it, detail it, fix anything that's loose or non-functional and be done! It's a damned fine looking bass!

Paul (Paul)
Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 6:05 am:   

Hi Harry and Steve. Thanks for the advice and kind words. I thought I would just tell you that until last weak it was in pieces and my plans were to put it together and to sell it to the local second hand store (I would have got nothing for it). Once I had it together it looked too good. I am not a collector or anything like that but something told me to check up on it. Man I'm so glad I did, that was almost a huge mistake!!! Harry thanks again for helping me to identify it.
I will definitely take the route of leaving as is and just giving it a good clean.

Thanks again

Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 7:05 am:   

Hi Paul!
If you ever consider selling it; this Dutch guy would gladly add this bass to his ever growing collection of Ibanez beauties (35, in the meantime, all oldies from the copy-era). You can contact me on

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